The Lie of Separation of Church and State

by Dr. Alan Keyes  •  •  July 3, 2018   

Christ's light unto our nation

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Dr. Alan Keyes

As Catholic Christians, are we not called to receive that light of Christ within us and to let it shine faithfully unto the nations (including our own), so that, as God says to His servant in Isaiah 39:4, "My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth"? As citizens of the United States, we comprise a nation in which people from all over the Earth have gathered within our reach. But we are told that some human law forbids us truthfully to reflect the light of Christ's kingly vocation in our lives as citizens. Ignorance — purposely encouraged by self-serving elements of the elitist faction in both the Democrat and Republican parties — leads many voters and government officials to accept the patently false assertion that our Constitution requires a "separation of Church and state," which forbids us to show respect for God's authority in our decisions and deliberations as citizens.

This assertion is easily shown to be a lie. It has been invented to induce as many Americans as possible to abandon the character required to implement and preserve our constitutional liberty. We citizens of the United States should thank God that our constitution says no such thing. America's founding generation ordained and established a constitution self-consciously written to implement the principles of justice, right and rights, (including liberty, rightly understood) articulated in the American Declaration of Independence. Those principles are entirely consistent with the premises of God's rule.

As Roman Catholics, bound to acknowledge Christ as the King of all Creation, we ought never to neglect this fact of our nation's history. Some government officials may call themselves Catholic for self-serving personal or political reasons, but if they embrace the false doctrine of separation, they voluntarily disown the sovereignty of Christ and God, betray the faith they profess and the Constitution they swear to uphold.


Nowhere is this more evident than in the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States that purport to construe the enumeration of rights in the U.S. Constitution to demand government-enforced respect for rights to abortion, homosexual "marriage" or any other manifestly wrong or personally arbitrary human behavior. Insofar as they deny or disparage rights retained by the people, these decisions expressly violate the Ninth Amendment's prohibition to the contrary. Such are the rights, endowed by the Creator, recognized as such in the first Organic Law of the United States, the American Declaration of Independence.

They include perforce and, above all, the right to recognize and duly observe "the laws of nature and of Nature's God," which laws are cited in the Declaration as authorizing the independent existence and consequent self-government of the people of the United States. Moreover, regulation of the people's religious observance of God's laws for human nature, and nature as a whole, is expressly excluded by the First Amendment, from the purview of the U.S. government's lawmaking power.

By the Tenth Amendment, any such lawmaking power is "reserved to the states, respectively, or to the people." Taken together with the Declaration's principles, these Constitutional provisions protect people who seek to do right by God's law from abusive government power that seeks first to impugn and thence to penalize their God-endowed inclination to do so. This reservation of power leaves more than sufficient scope for people to pursue their various ways of understanding what God requires without licensing them to abandon God and His requirements altogether.

For all those who believe in Him, His resurrection powerfully dispels the fear of death, greatly reducing its potency for evil.

So, why would any conscientious Catholics use their votes, or any positions of government power they occupy, to discredit this provision respecting reverence for God's authority? Why would any Catholic favor a view of God and human government that encourages our citizenry to abandon the reverence for God's rule that rebukes the claim that human might makes right, so that those overwhelmed by injustice see no standard of right in God's Creation that justifies their stand against oppression? Christ is that rightful standard of God's truth. For all those who believe in Him, His resurrection powerfully dispels the fear of death, greatly reducing its potency for evil. His spirit, filling our hearts and mind, instills the sense of justice, which our nations premises of right and rights, endowed by God, requires that we heed and serve.

Driven by Christ's love of God, our special vocation as Americans and Roman Catholic Christians should be to uphold and promote, in all the deliberations of our national life, the God-revering creed that is the cause of our existence as a people. Understood in light of God's authority over all, it is also the cause of all humanity. Indeed, of all Creation — which now, as in the past, we are, for Christ's sake, called to inspire, serve and represent. But are we still willing?

Dr. Alan Keyes served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations under President Ronald Reagan, and ran for president in 1996, 2000 and 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard, and writes at his website Loyal to Liberty.


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