Fred Barber: ‘Separation of church and state’ isn’t in the constitution

March 31, 2018 GMT


James Koehler recently responded to my March 21 letter by saying that we are “not a Christian nation”. As I mentioned in my letter the Supreme Court has stated six times that we are a Christian nation — first mentioning it in AD1791 — John Jay was chief justice.

And the words “separation of church and State” were first mentioned in a letter by President Jefferson to a large Baptist group in Connecticut. Not much was said through the years until the early 1960s when pseudo-academics started really spreading the progressive concept. Many Americans believe the words are in the constitution.

It has also been stated throughout the years that our constitution will not work in any other kind of society than one like ours.

What is not said is that they really mean our constitution won’t work in a non-Christian philosophy based country—a country is language, borders, and culture.


Some of the 13 States required Christian tests in order to be elected to public office — the words were in the States constitution and it wasn’t until the 14th Amendment was passed after the Civil War that states were forbidden to require a religious test such as a belief in a God.

Still, the words “separation of church and State” were never used other than in a letter to the Baptists — now we hear it constantly on TV. People believe it is in the Constitution. Just as the word “democracy” is not found in the constitution, neither are the words “separation of church and State.”

Fred Barber

Lake Havasu City