Monday, August 18, 2014

Ferguson, MO and the Myth of "The Separation of Church and State"

When I was a kid, I never walked in the middle of the street. Doing so was daring and disrespectful. You walk on the sidewalks. Follow the rules. (Yup, I've always been pretty conservative.)

No surprise, then, when the police approach Michael Brown, who's walking down the middle of a street in Ferguson, Missouri. Maybe an earlier car tried to get by, and couldn't get around Brown and his friend, so the driver called the police. At this point, I don't know.

Brown's friend says the officer yelled "Get the f**k on the sidewalk!!"

I wish I couldn't believe that report, but I've seen too many videos of police with foul mouths.

"You have to get tough on crime," some will say.

Did it work? Did Brown get out of the street? Does a vulgar show of force create respect for the force?

I don't think so.

Call me "soft on crime."

Since at least the end of World War II, James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," has been quoted as saying:
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves ... according to the Ten Commandments of God.
In other words, the American way is not to militarize the police to "get tough on crime."

While contemplating the violent upheavals of the French Revolution, John Adams expressed the same thought:
While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation, while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candour, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world. Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
George Washington, in one of the most famous addresses in American history, said:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness—these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Both Michael Brown and the police are the products of America's secular government schools. And "public felicity" is on the decline.

America was built on the belief that "Religion [and] morality [are] necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind." The modern myth of the "separation of church and state" has little to do with the separation of "ecclesiastical bodies" (as Madison called them) and government, and everything to do with the separation of God and Government.
The separation of religion and police.
The separation of morality and Michael Brown.

Would the Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum have prevented the violence in Ferguson? Surprising answer here.