Another Blowback to Separation of Church and State
With a very serious tone and dour look, Kansas governor Sam Brownback has declared tomorrow, December 8, a ‘Day of Restoration‘ in his state, begging of his god for mercy during these troubled times. In his speech he goes on to
ask every citizen of our state to join in asking a Holy God to bring healing and restoration—help in mending broken lives, bringing peace to our families, our communities, and this land.
Perhaps Brownback should revisit Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association:
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 and State.
Brownback has already been involved with translating religious philosophies into public policy. A governor declaring a state-wide religious event is antithetical to the ‘wall of separation’ that Jefferson invoked. After an election cycle in which conservative ideas were very clearly voted out, it seems that the GOP is refusing to learn—their remedy is to continue imposing their will and even fight harder for what they believe, even if the rest of the country is moving farther and farther away from their ideology…even if what they’re doing is going against what this country was founded upon.