Recently, when a state trooper stationed himself in my church
parking lot and monitored traffic on Rt. 45, I considered asking him if
he was violating the separation of church and state. I only wish I had
photographed the car with the church in the background in case I would
need evidence to show the ACLU.
      The late Justice Harry Blackmun, known best for his decision
legalizing the genocide/womb-cleansing of unborn babies, also
distinguished himself as an advocate of strict separation of church and
state. Blackmun was compared by Chief Justice Rehnquist to a predecessor,
Justice Joseph Story, but Story and Blackmun differed dramatically on the
separation issue. Story wrote, "The real object of the First Amendment
was not to countenance, much less to advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism,
or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry
among Christian sects and to prevent any national ecclesiastical
patronage of the national government." In another unanimous decision in
1844 by the Supreme Court, Story delivered, "Why may not the Bible, and
especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught
as a Divine Revelation in the school...Where can the purest principles of
morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New
       On the basis of the Constitution and Justice Story's belief that
civil liberty cannot be separated from religious liberty without danger
and destruction to both, I welcome the return of the policeman to my
church's parking lot.

Rev. Gabriel J. Morley
April 8, 1999

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