Monday, November 29, 2004


Declaration of Independence Banned at Bay-area School

This is just too wacked. We now have an interesting philosophical question here. According to the article, the documents in question, including the Declaration of Independence, are banned because of their reference to god. We can assume that the school is trying to live by the separation of church and state idea. Never mind that "separation of church and state" never appears in the Declaration or the Constitution. The real issue is that the documents in question are being used to discredit themselves. That is to say that the ideas put forth in the Declaration of Independence and then subsequently in the Constitution are the basis for deciding that these documents must be kept "separate" from the "state." If the Declaration is to be kept separated from the state then I wonder if such things as these should also be kept from the state:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

But I digress.

Now knowing that the Constitution was a result of having declared independence and waged war to form a new country, is it not correct that the Constitution must be similarly banned and kept separate from the state? And if the constitution is now apart from the state then the idea of separation of church and state would be therefore null and void.** So thanks to the separation of church and state activists, we have proven that the separation of church and state does not exist and does not make any sense.

**Authors note. I in no way agree that the establishment clause of the Constitution declares a separation of church and state, I am only using the arguments of the people who seek to ban the Declaration. FYI if you want to read the establishment clause in it's full form as the first amendment to the Constitution click here.

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