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                    Wednesday, June 16 2004

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

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Who would have guessed when I wrote about my view of church-state separation for Monday's postcard that the same topic would be high on every political discussion agenda throughout the nation on Tuesday. It seems the New York Times, ever keen to embarrass the President in any new way it can find, discerned a thinly veiled jab at President Bush in the late President Reagan's son Ron's remarks at the sunset memorial service in Simi Valley last Friday.

Young Ron, the Times said, "castigated politicians who use religion 'to gain political advantage,' a comment that was being interpreted in Washington as a not-so-subtle slap at Mr. Bush." And in an uncharacteristicly quick response, President Bush went on record on Tuesday, both decrying those who consider or present themselves as more religious than their opponents (in other words, denying that Young Ron's accusation if his remark was meant as such, fits him*). President Bush went on to affirm that he believes strongly in the separation of church and state, and furthermore defined his understanding of the proper separation in much the same terms I described as my own view on the matter here on Monday.

Also breaking as news, even as we've been discussing this issue, was Monday's Supreme Court decision not to throw "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance, but that was a decision everyone saw as weaselly; not a clear declaration on either side or so muddled that both sides of the suit the Court declined to examine on its merits could claim a moral victory. This is pertinent to where we left off on Monday because it illuminates the point that "God" is not "the church." Protestants, who traditionally dominate American politics and government, have always maintained that the church doesn't even speak in much of an authoritative way for God.

But as the culture war is being joined today, the troops on the left are saying that anything pertaining to God in public life is an intrusion of the "church" into governance or politics, and the army on the right says the church and state must never be comingled and confused, but on the other hand both state and church must be "under God." There is so much historical support for this position in our nation's life, back to George Washington (as cited here on Monday) and even beyond that, that it's tedious to have to reiterate it. But the fact is today's American younger generation, both the native-born and the immigrant infusion from around the world, is mostly ignorant of any American or Western history predating the Clinton Administration, which gives the left a strategic advantage.

So I'll try to remedy this somewhat when we continue.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

*I, for one, saw Ron Reagan's remark, at the time he made it, as a thinly veiled jab at his father's White House predecessor, Jimmy Carter, rather than Bush. After all, Carter had made his born-again brand of religion so much an issue that any use of the same topic by Mr. Reagan in his first campaign was co-opted. And I can't believe Ron would be so cynical as to suggest that President Bush is opposing stem cell research on anything other than personally held principle concerning the harvesting of human embryos for research.

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