Liberals and atheists throughout the country love to utter the phrase “separation of church and state” as though they know what it really entails. They use the phrase claiming it means that the founding fathers wanted to keep religion out of politics and public education. However, it is quite the opposite.
The man who worded the 1st amendment of the bill of rights, specifically the part proclaiming that “Congress shall make no law establishing religion, or to prevent the free exercise thereof, or to infringe the rights of conscience,” was a man of deep faith.
Fisher Ames of Massachusetts served as a Congressman in the first session of Congress. On August 20, 1789 he offered the phrase above to be added to the amendment. It was adopted by Congress.
One month later, in an article that Ames wrote for Palladium magazine, he commented on the bible’s role in the education of America’s youth. “We have a dangerous trend beginning to take place in our education. We’re starting to put more and more textbooks into our schools… We are spending less time in the classroom on the Bible, which should be the principal text in our schools. The bible states these great moral lessons better than any other manmade book.”
If Ames wanted religion out of the public eye, he would not have advocated for children to be educated by the bible. As many of the founding fathers, he believed that the bible and the morals within should be at the center of governing and education.