The Freedom From Religion (FFRF) Foundation recently released an ad featuring Ron Reagan Jr. We expect their lies and misinformation about the religious principles at the core of our country. But this time, they went a step further. Any one of many famous atheists could have done this video. Yet they purposely chose Reagan Jr, knowing it would specifically demean President Ronald Reagan and his faith.
Millions regard Reagan Sr as an honest, faithful man of integrity. Even as a stanch conservative, he won over both Republicans and Democrats. In 1984, forty-eight states, including New York and California, re-elected him as president.
Reagan was never ashamed of his Christianity, which people accepted even if they didn’t agree with it. That is, all except his own son.
Reagan Jr. begins the commercial by declaring to be an “unabashed atheist”. He then asks viewers to support a group “working to keep church and state separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended.” Accept, that is a total falsehood.
The phrase “separation of church and state” is nowhere in the Constitution. It only became an issue after the 1947 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Everson v. Board of Education. The Court stated:
‘”The establishment of religion’ clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organization or groups and vice-versa. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a ‘wall of separation between church and state’.” (emphasis mine)
Jefferson’s comment was a response to the Danbury Baptist Church. At the time, the church feared the Government would abolish their religious freedom as King James did. They worried the government would force them do things conflicting with their faith, such as pay for abortions, accept evolution, or participate in gay weddings. Jefferson reassured them a “wall of separation between church and state,” based on the First Amendment, prevented the government from dictating their religion. His letter states:
“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.”
Clearly Jefferson and the Founders intended to prevent the state from imposing on religions, as is evident in the letter. The court ruling clearing reflects that as well. There is nothing implying religion must be kept out of the government.
The FFRF knows this, but they continue to purposely lie.
Reagan Jr claims this “separation” is “just like our Founding Fathers intended.” Except these supposedly secular men refer to God five times in the Declaration of Independence.
Thirty state constitutions include “Almighty God” while eight simply use “God.” Four states contain the phrase “Supreme Ruler of the Universe.” So 42 out of 50 states recognize God in their primary governing document.
John Adams was the first president to live in the White House. A primary Founding Father, he worked closely with Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence. In Britain at the time of the Constitutional Convention, Adams did not attend. However, the delegates modeled the country’s Constitution after the Massachusetts Constitution, which Adams wrote. Engraved into the White House State Dining Room’s marble fireplace is a dedication by John Adams. It says:
“I pray Heaven to Bestow the Best of Blessings on THIS HOUSE and on All that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under this Roof.”
The ceilings and walls in the Library of Congress contain Biblical inscriptions while the Rotunda in the Capital Building includes eight paintings depicting our Christian heritage.
While still under construction, the Capital Building was used as a church. On December 4, 1800, Speaker of the House, Theodore Sedgwick, and President of the Senate, Thomas Jefferson, approved the use of the Capital as a church building. In fact, Jefferson attended services there while Vice-President and President.
Congress has been opening their sessions with prayer since before America had even won her independence. In 1774, the Congressional Congress began their meeting with a prayer, a tradition that exists still today. If fact, they hired chaplains to conduct the prayers. Where is the secularism in that?
Etched into the Supreme Court Building in Washington are two images of Moses and one of the 10 Commandments.
Every president, including the Father of our Country, George Washington, has taken the oath of office with his hand on a Bible.
If an “intrusion of religion into our secular Government” exists, it started way back in 1774. The FFRF has a right to choose faith, but not to choose facts.
Reagan Jr says he is “alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular Government”. Yet progressives see government intruding into religion as fine. They demand separation if Christianity threatens their ideology. However, they unashamedly use the government to force their beliefs regarding birth control and abortion, global warming, and LGBT issues on others.
State buildings and schools throughout the country have displayed the 10 commandments for decades until the FFRF forces their removal. It is in fact the FFRF that is intruding its religion onto society.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is trying to destroy America’s foundation – Freedom of Religion.
Reagan Jr has every right to believe, or not believe, anything he wants. He is free to disagree with his dad on any issue. Yet it is pretty obvious the only reason he was asked to do the video was because of his name. Under the circumstances, Reagan Jr didn’t even have the common decency to show respect for his dad by making a respectable separation from him. Instead, he just shoved his atheism in his father’s face.
The FFRF despises people like Reagan Sr. And this video was nothing more than a complete slap in the face to him and all who respect him.
With a smirk on his face, Reagan Jr mockingly ends the commercial saying, “Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.”
Since Satan is the “father of all lies”, Reagan Jr gleefully chooses to spend eternity with that father instead of his earthly one. What a complete shame.
But that’s just my 2 cents.