By: Brian Evans

According to Education Week, they noted a precedent for past Presidential Administrations to update guidance for schools, which is what the Trump administration has now begun advancing. They wrote…

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, in its current and past versions, requires the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance on prayer in schools every two years, but that guidance hasn’t been updated since 2003, a senior administration official said.

“President Trump is committed to making sure that people of faith, particularly children,” are not discouraged from constitutionally protected rights to pray, an administration official said in a conference call with reporters.

The new school prayer guidance, which will be published in the Federal Register Thursday Jan. 21, reiterates requirements under existing law that school districts must annually certify to their state departments of education that they have “no policy prohibiting participation in constitutionally protected prayer,” officials said. State education departments must have a process for fielding complaints the right to prayer has been violated, and they must report any complaints or lawsuits over school prayer to the federal Education Department, the guidance says.

Typically, under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, in its current and past versions, it requires the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance on prayer in schools every two years. However, that guidance has been neglected, and has not been given or updated since 2003!

A Senior Administration official stated…

“President Trump is committed to making sure that people of faith, particularly children,” are not discouraged from constitutionally protected rights to pray.”

Breitbart News reported that…

The new school prayer guidance, which will be published in the Federal Register Thursday Jan. 21, reiterates requirements under existing law that school districts must annually certify to their state departments of education that they have “no policy prohibiting participation in constitutionally protected prayer,” officials said. State education departments must have a process for fielding complaints the right to prayer has been violated, and they must report any complaints or lawsuits over school prayer to the federal Education Department, the guidance says.

Breitbart News added that…

President Donald Trump is marking National Religious Freedom Day with a ceremony at the White House on Thursday and is also issuing a guidance letter to educational institutions and the public on students’ Constitutional right to prayer.

Girl closed her eyes and folded her hand in prayer on a Holy BibleSasiistock/Getty Images

They also noted how the Department of Education’s guidance will be posted in the Federal Register on January 21, 2020, which states…

Section 8524(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act and codified at 20 U.S.C. 7904(a), requires the Secretary to issue guidance to State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and the public on constitutionally protected prayer in public elementary and secondary schools. In addition, section 8524(b) requires that, as a condition of receiving ESEA funds, an LEA must certify in writing to its SEA that it has no policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer in public schools as detailed in this updated guidance.

Ultimately, the left has waged war on Christians’ religious freedoms, stating that they cannot follow their convictions, beliefs, or even give prayer in schools, even though it tramples the family’s rights and children’s rights to practice their faith! Conversely, they allow Muslims to openly practice their religion, and even force Christians to learn about the Muslim religion while banning their own beliefs and faith-based practices!

They reported that

The guidance also states that student religious groups should have the same access to school facilities as secular groups, which has been in place since 1998, Education Week reports.

In addition, the Trump Administration also announced that they were going to be issuing a directive to schools, that indicated that…

religiously affiliated groups can get federal grants even if the group is located in a state that prohibits public funding of such groups.

Education Week noted that…

“Those laws, known as Blaine amendments, are the subject of a case on tax-credit scholarships for private schools that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next week.”

Democrats have already cried foul, as they immediately attacked the Administration as violating the constitutional principle of ‘separation of church and state’! However, is that true, is the ‘separation of church and state’ actually in the Constitution, and is the President violating the law in defending Christian rights?

To understand this, one has to look no further than the Constitution and the history of the ‘separation of church and state’!

It began in 1947 when Wall Builders detailed how…

The Supreme Court quoted only one phrase from Jefferson’s short 1801 letter to the Danbury Baptists. The Court claimed that there was to be “a wall of separation between Church and State” and that religious activities could no longer occur in the public square. They took the intent and clear purpose of Jefferson’s letter completely out of context. They did not show his short letter of only three paragraphs and 233 words which contained all the context and explanation but rather lifted a 8-word phrase out of it and remained silent on the rest.

Democrats and their Socialist and Marxist segment of their Party latched onto the vague statement, and have tried to build a wall of separation between American Christians right to practice and institutions like governmental and educational institutions in America! Today, it has become a suppression of American Christians’ practice of faith in public, which flies in the face of the constitution itself!

Wall Builders wrote

 In America, we advocate freedom of religion, yet if a teacher places a Bible on her desk, if a student bows his head to pray in school, or cheerleaders display Bible verses on their posters, they are accused of violating separation of church and state – of “subjecting” those around them to their faith.

They went on to note how…

The concept of separation of Church and state actually originates in the Bible, where God created three institutions. In Genesis, God established the institution of family by creating male and female and placing them together in a lifelong union. Next came the institution of civil government to address our relationship with our fellow man. The final institution addressed our relationship with God, and was the creation of the temple, or the Church.

When God’s people left Egypt, God had them establish their own nation. At that time, God placed Moses over government and civil affairs and Aaron over spiritual ones, thus separating those two roles and jurisdictions. Neither excluded God from its operation, but each was to be headed and run by a different individual and not the same person. Later in the Bible when King Uzziah tried to combine the two institutions and serve as both a King and a Priest, God sovereignly weighed in and made clear that He did not want the same individual running both institutions together.

But in 391 AD, Emperor Theodosius combined both Church and State, and for the next twelve centuries, the State was in charge of the Church. The government decided what the official Church doctrines would be, and it punished violators who disagreed with those positions, not allowing them to practice their faith. There was a state-established Church, with the Church becoming an official arm of the State and with it being run by church officials appointed by the government. In the 1500s during the Reformation, those who followed the Bible began to call for a return to a Biblical separation of Church and State so that the government would no longer control or prohibit religious activities.

Then, they noted how at the very early foundational period in America…

The early colonists who came to America brought this view with them, and in America they made sure that the government, or the State, could not control or limit religious beliefs or activities. This was their understanding of the separation of Church and State.

However, did the Founding Fathers make the ‘Separation of Church and State’ a cornerstone of the Constitution? The answer is no! In fact, it is noted that the phrase “separation of church and state” isn’t even found anywhere in the Constitution of the United States, nor in the Declaration of Independence! Instead, it appeared in a simple letter, sent by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut in 1801, where he reassured the Christians that the government would not interfere with their right to practice their faith and worship God!

It began when the Danbury Baptists wrote to Thomas Jefferson and expressed their concern that the government might try to regulate their religious expression. Then, Jefferson wrote his now-famous letter, using the phrase “Separation of Church and State” to reassure the Danbury Baptists that the First Amendment prohibited the government from trying to control religious expression, and would keep government out of regulating religion!

In fact, Thomas Jefferson wrote…

Gentlemen

The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful & zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.

Th: Jefferson

Now, today, the Democrats and their anti-Christian lobby are perverting the words of Jefferson, by stating that his Christians should either stay out of the public square or suppress their faith, rather than the true meaning of the words, where Jefferson reassured the Danbury Baptists that the First Amendment prohibited the government from trying to control religious expression!

In all, Jefferson strived to ensure that Christians could practice their faith without government penalty or persecution, as he ended government-run religion in his home state of Virginia!

Today, the radical left has perverted not only the words of Jefferson but carefully deceived Americans into believing that the Constitution forbids Christians from practicing their faith in the open and public square! However, that lie is far from the truth!

In fact, the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States says…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Therefore, NOWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION DOES IT MENTION A ‘SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE’!

WallBuilders adds…

So we must ask the question: How does a student praying over his lunch mean the same thing as Congress making a law? The answer: it doesn’t. The First Amendment meant Congress is limited from setting up a national denomination and Congress is limited from prohibiting the free exercise of religion. The First Amendment does not limit faith or the people, only the government.

The First Amendment was created by America’s Founders because of their desire to avoid something like the government-run Church of England. In fact, it was not just the government of England they longed to be different from, but they were also striving to be different from the way that churches and government had operated across most of Europe for the previous thousand years, for most nations at that time had state-established and state-controlled churches.

The Pilgrims, Puritans, and others who settled America wanted to return to God’s original plan of separating the church from government control. That long-standing American desire and practice of freedom of religion was specifically written in the First Amendment.

They even uncovered several sermons that Thomas Jefferson worked to set up INSIDE THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING! They wrote…

In fact, we actually have several original sermons from a church that Thomas Jefferson helped facilitate. It was a church that met inside the U.S. Capitol, 7 where services were held in the House Chamber every Sunday. Both as Vice President and as President of the United States, Jefferson faithfully attended those church services inside the US Capitol and saw no constitutional problem with them, for Congress was not controlling religion for the entire nation but rather was only allowing religious expressions to occur, which was their constitutional role.


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These are sermons preached at the Church that met inside the U.S. Capitol. The first one is on “The Public Worship of God,” and the second is on “The Imperishable and Saving Words of Christ.” Both sermons were preached in the Chamber of the U. S. House of Representatives.

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Ultimately, the Democrats and their Marxist allies in the ACLU and other left-wing organizations have waged war on Christians, as they have tried to drive Christianity from schools, government offices and events, and in the public square, using a manipulation of Thomas Jefferson’s words to the Danbury Baptists, non-existent words in the Constitution, and laws that do not exist! Therefore, in the end, President Trump and his administration are continuing to fight for the First Amendment rights to ‘freedom of religion’ for all Americans, including Christians, as the Democrats wage war on Christian rights and beliefs, in government, schools, and on the Constitution of the United States itself!