QUOTES AGAINST THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE

Many of us take great pride in our American freedoms.  Our founders and original political supporters were very concerned about the torture, hangings, murder and general loss of freedom that resulted from the blending of religion and government in their previous countries.  We MUST NOT be comfortable and passive in our admiration of founders and founding documents.  One thing that makes our nation great is its ability to adapt.  The legislative branch (Senate and House) have the ability to write new laws and the courts have the ability to interpret existing law to apply to specific cases which then sets legal precedent.  WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT in protecting this wall of separation because there are many people and organizations working to tear the wall down.  They are rewriting history by falsely promoting that this country was founded as a Christian nation.  They are pushing their religious representatives for office from the state and local level, all the way to the President of the United States.  They are influencing U.S. Supreme Court nominations.  They are having many victories and will ultimately succeed without a continued strong and organized force working to oppose them.  We must fight to retain our freedoms.Maybe this page should be titled Quotes from the Enemies of America” because they are attacking our U.S. Supreme Court, the Constitution, our duly elected Senators and Congressmen and our universities.  They are advocating a “physically bloody” battle to promote “wrenching change” in our institutions.   They have stated that it’s time for a “godly fumigation” of the “termites in charge” of our institutions.

 

Pat Robertson (founder of the Christian Coalition)
“We at the Christian Coalition are raising an army who cares. We are training people to be effective — to be elected to school boards, to city councils, to state legislatures, and to key positions in political parties…. By the end of this decade, if we work and give and organize and train, THE CHRISTIAN COALITION WILL BE THE MOST POWERFUL POLITICAL ORGANIZATION IN AMERICA.” 
- Pat Robertson, in a fundraising letter, July 4, 1991
“We have enough votes to run the country. And when the people say, “We’ve had enough,” we are going to take over.” 
- Pat Robertson, speech given to the April, 1980 “Washington for Jesus” rally, quoted from Robert Boston, The Most Dangerous Man in America, p. 29
“If Christian people work together, they can succeed during this decade in winning back control of the institutions that have been taken from them over the past 70 years. Expect confrontations that will be not only unpleasant but at times physically bloody…. This decade will not be for the faint of heart, but the resolute.  Institutions will be plunged into wrenching change. We will be living through one of the most tumultuous periods of human history. When it is over, I am convinced God’s people will emerge victorious.” 
- Pat Robertson, Pat Robertson’s Perspective octavo 1992
“It is interesting, that termites don’t build things, and the great builders of our nation almost to a man have been Christians, because Christians have the desire to build something. He is motivated by love of man and God, so he builds. The people who have come into (our) institutions (today) are primarily termites.  They are into destroying institutions that have been built by Christians, whether it is universities, governments, our own traditions, that we have…. The termites are in charge now, and that is not the way it ought to be, and the time has arrived for a godly fumigation.” 
- Pat Robertson, New York Magazine, August 18, 1986
“The Constitution of the United States, for instance, is a marvelous document for self-government by the Christian people.  But the minute you turn the document into the hands of non-Christian people and atheistic people they can use it to destroy the very foundation of our society.  And that’s what’s been happening.” 
- Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, December 30, 1981
“Individual Christians are the only ones really — and Jewish people, those who trust God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — are the only ones that are qualified to have the reign, because hopefully, they will be governed by God and submit to Him.” 
- Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, January 11, 1985, defending his stance that only Christians and Jews are fit to hold public office
“When I said during my presidential bid that I would only bring Christians and Jews into the government, I hit a firestorm. “What do you mean?” the media challenged me. “You’re not going to bring atheists into the government? How dare you maintain that those who believe in the Judeo-Christian values are better qualified to govern America than Hindus and Muslims?” My simple answer is, “Yes, they are.” 
- Pat Robertson, The New World Order, p. 218
“There will never be world peace until God’s house and God’s people are given their rightful place of leadership at the top of the world. How can there be peace when drunkards, drug dealers, communists, atheists, New Age worshipers of Satan, secular humanists, oppressive dictators, greedy moneychangers, revolutionary assassins, adulterers, and homosexuals are on top?”
 – Pat Robertson, The New World Order, p. 227, Word Publishing, 1991
“The public education movement has also been an anti-Christian movement… We can change education in America if you put Christian principles in and Christian pedagogy in.  In three years, you would totally revolutionize education in America.” 
- Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, September 27, 1993
“You say you’re supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don’t have to be nice to them.”
  – Pat Robertson, Fundamentalist Christian tele-minister.
Jerry Falwell (founder of the Liberty University)
“I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won’t have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!” 
- Rev. Jerry Falwell, America Can Be Saved, 1979 pp. 52-53, from Albert J. Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom
“The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.” 
- Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sermon, July 4, 1976
“If we are going to save America and evangelize the world, we cannot accommodate secular philosophies that are diametrically opposed to Christian truth … We need to pull out all the stops to recruit and train 25 million Americans to become informed pro-moral activists whose voices can be heard in the halls of Congress.  I am convinced that America can be turned around if we will all get serious about the Master’s business.  It may be late, but it is never too late to do what is right. We need an old-fashioned, God-honoring, Christ-exalting revival to turn American back to God. America can be saved!” 
- Jerry Falwell, “Moral Majority Report” for September, 1984.
There is no separation of church and state.  Modern U.S. Supreme Courts have raped the Constitution and raped the Christian faith and raped the churches by misinterpreting what the Founders had in mind in the First Amendment to the Constitution.” 
- Jerry Falwell (source unknown)
Other Religious Right Leaders 
(past and present)
“Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal.  And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus.” 
- John Ashcroft, Commencement address given on May 8, 1999, upon receiving an honorary degree at ultra-right-wing and ultra-fundamentalist Bob Jones University, also known for its anti-African-American segregationist policies
“We’re going to bring back God and the Bible and drive the gods of secular humanism right out of the public schools of America.” 
- Pat Buchanan, campaign address at an anti-gay rally in Des Moines, Iowa, February 11, 1996
“Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact.  Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it. … Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.”
 – Rev. Jimmy Swaggart
Capital punishment is our society’s recognition of the sanctity of human life.
  – Orrin Hatch
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
 - John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
“Romanism is a pagan counterfeit of the Christian religion, ancient paganism and idolatry, claiming to be the church which Christ founded…The Roman Church is not another Christian denomination. It is a satanic counterfeit, an ecclesiastic tyranny over the souls of men, not to bring them to salvation but to hold them bound in sin and to hurl them into eternal damnation. It is the old harlot of the book of the Revelation–‘the Mother of Harlots.’…Threats and fear have been her weapons. Her wealth has dazzled, her ceremonies blinded the eyes of her devotees to the blackness of her purpose and the rottenness of her heart.”
  – Bob Jones Jr., of Bob Jones University, referring to the Roman Catholic Church, FAITH for the Family, 1981, Bob Jones University
“No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots.  This is one nation under God.” - George Bush, to a AA reporter Robert I. Sherman in August 27,1987, while serving as vice-president and running for President, Full text of exchange follows:

Sherman: What will you do to win the votes of the Americans who are Atheists?
Bush:       I guess I’m pretty weak in the Atheist community. Faith in god is important to me.
Sherman: Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are Atheists?
Bush:       No, I don’t know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, 
               nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
Sherman  (somewhat taken aback): Do you support as a sound constitutional principle
               the separation of state and church?
Bush:       Yes, I support the separation of church and state. I’m just not very high on Atheists.

“Everything that American Atheists does, Rob, is bullshit.”- Ed Murnane, cochairman of the Bush-Quayle ’88 Illinois campaign, October 29, 1988, responding to AA reporter Robert I. Sherman regarding a lawsuit filed because students are required to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States “one nation under God”.  Full text of exchange follows:

Murnane:  It’s bullshit.
Sherman:  What is bullshit?
Murnane:   Everything that American Atheists does, Rob, is bullshit. 
Sherman:  Thank you for telling me what the official position of the Bush campaign is on this issue.
Murnane:   You’re welcome!

“What you should do for me is what you should do for everybody: Believe in God.  Get off our backs.- Ed Derwinski, the Secretary of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, responding to the question of what American Atheists could do to have  the Bush administration take an interest in the problem of discrimination against American Atheist veterans.  January 3, 1991
“Therefore, I, George W. Bush, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim June 10, 2000, Jesus Day in Texas and urge the appropriate recognition whereof, In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this 17th day of April, 2000.” 
- George W. Bush, “Jesus Day 2000″ Proclamation
“We receive our rights from God.”“The decision points up the fact that we need common-sense judges who understand that our rights were derived from God.  Those are the kind of judges I intend to put on the bench.”- George W. Bush, in statements to reporters with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  (Note: Putin is an atheist.)  Bush was criticizing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that references to God make reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in schools unconstitutional.  June 26, 2002
“We are a nation conceived, born and nurtured by faith… Our faith is declared in our Constitution, on our currency and in our lives.”
 – Bob Dole, Republican Presidential Candidate
“Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity.” 
- Sen. Joseph McCarthy, in his famous address to the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club on February 9, 1950
“The wall of separation between church and state” is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.” 
- William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Dissenting Opinion in Wallace v. Jaffree (1985)
“God, the source of all knowledge, should never have been expelled from our children’s classrooms.” 
- Ronald Reagan, address, National Religious Broadcasters, Washington, D.C., January, 1984, quoted from Menendez and Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom
“I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you.  I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you.  Yes, hate is good.  Our goal is a Christian nation.  We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country.  We don’t want equal time.  We don’t want pluralism.” 
  – Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue quoted in The News-Sentinel, 8-16-93 
“Tolerance is the worst roar of all, including tolerance for homosexuals, feminists, and religions that don’t follow Christ.”
  – Josh McDowell, at a Youth for Christ rally in 1994
“God extends his grace to his people (and mankind in general) when he destroys the wicked, because in destroying the wicked, he is averting their evil works that so plague God’s children and mankind in general. When he maims and kills cultists and theological liberals, he prevents the spread of heretical doctrine that damns souls…God’s judgment — not his favor — leads the world to righteousness. We should petition God’s judgment on the wicked because judgment is a form of grace.”
  – Andrew Sandlin, “Hatred for God’s Enemies”, written for the Chalcedon Foundation
“It was Christians, you know, not pagans, who were responsible for the Holocaust. It was Christians, not pagans, who lynched people here in the South, who burned people at the stake, frequently in the name of this Jesus Christ” 
  – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, 2000
Notable Examples from Other Countries
“It is quite unlawful to demand, defend, or to grant unconditional freedom of thought, or speech, of writing or worship, as if these were so many rights given by nature to man.” 
 – Pope Leo XIII, “Great Encyclical Letters” (p.16) 
“Only faith in Christ gives rise to a culture contrary to egotism and death.”
  – Pope John Paul II, mass rally in Mexico City, 1/25/1999
“One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.”
  – Rabbi Ya’acov Perin
The earth is flat, and anyone who disputes this claim is an atheist who deserves to be punished.”
  – Sheik Abdel-Aziz Ibn Baaz, Supreme religious authority, Saudi Arabia, 1993
“Therefore, I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our Creator.  By fighting off the Jews, I am doing the Lord’s work.” 
 – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith…. We need believing people.
 – Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933, from a speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordat of 1933
“The good Christian should beware the mathematician and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of hell.”
 - Saint Augustine (354-430), Christian church father, bishop

 

[Created: 12/15/2001]
[Last Updated: 3/30/2004]