By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Glenview Elementary School’s faculty and student body were just trying to honor September 11th’s victims by saying ‘God Bless America’ at the end of the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at the suburban Haddon Heights public school.
That’s never good enough for miserable people trying to make everyone else as miserable as they are.
According to published reports, the school is ending the practice after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) threatened the school board attorney with a letter claiming that the tradition was unconstitutional. The school is understandably reluctant to expend resources fighting a court battle.
Yet again, Save Jerseyans, we’ve got cultural liberal manipulating history to advance their worldview. And the ‘separation of church and state’ doctrine is easily among the most manipulated – and misunderstood – concepts in American political discourse.
“Jefferson’s figurative language has not produced the practical solutions that its apparent clarity and directness lead the wall-builders to expect. Indeed, this wall has done what walls frequently do–it has obstructed the view,” Daniel L. Dreisbach, an American University professor, explained in a particularly well-written Heritage Foundation essay back in 2006. “It has obfuscated our understanding of constitutional principles. There is little advantage in metaphor if it is unable to bring clarity to an ambiguous or confusing text or if it fails to aid in the interpretive process.”
In this context, Thomas Jefferson (who played no direct role in the Constitutional convention) was taking on the powerful Anglican Church in Virginia that had ruled the Old Dominion with theocratic powers; he wasn’t anti-religion – the man espoused belief in a Creator and edited his own Bible for God’s sake! – but rather strongly opposed to the establishment of any single religion as a compulsory state-enforced religion.
None of this important history is ambiguous unlike the ACLU’s commitment to the Constitution.