The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Missouri church that sued the State after being denied taxpayer funds for a playground project because of a provision that prohibits State funding for religious entities.
The Issue dealt with ‘The Blaine Ammendment’ incorporated in the Missouri Constitution, in 1875. The ruling was 7-2.
What’s The Issue?
The Media is focused on a Church (Trinity Lutheran) being able to bid on a State Grant for recycled automoble tires to provide a softer surface for their playground. THE ISSUE, however, is much broader (and older) than this!
The Blaine Ammendment dates back to the middle of the 19th Century — 1800’s — when Roman Catholics had begun to educate their children in parochial schools, to avoid the Protestant influence so prevalent in State-Funded Schools.
Bible Reading and Prayer were only two of the issues angering Roman Catholics! Why? Because the Bible used in Public Schools was NOT The Douay-Rheims Version and because the prayers were not accompanied by the ritual ‘crossing’ of one’s self…. ‘In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.’
Rep. James G. Blaine of Maine, led the fight against allowing the RCC to infiltrate Public Schools! The Amendments were incorporated into all (?) the new States…. States incorporated AFTER this legislation was established…. Mostly States West of the Mississippi River!
It concerns itself with States Funding Religion, not with States discriminating against people of faith.
HHISTORICAL NOTE: THIS is how different Roman Catholicism is from so-called Protestantism! Reformers, in the 16th and 17th centuries were PROTESTING the heresies and abuses of the Dominant Church — RCC.
A Church overseeing The Holy Roman Empire! [Since the 6th Cent. AD] A Church engaged in the systematic abuse and murder of any and all who refused to accept and/or practice Roman Catholic Doctrine. This Pogram is called The Inquisition.
People living in Roman Catholic areas were arrested and questioned as to their ‘faith.’ Were they NOT sufficiently Roman Catholic or NOT willing to affirm Roman Catholic belief, they were mercilessly tortured …. often to death… and burned at the stake, by Priests of “The Church.” This continued into the late 1800’s.
It was this persecution that ‘Birthed’ these United States of America! Fear of Roman Catholic belief and practices infiltrating the population … and ultimately the government… is what motivated the Blaine Ammend. and other laws.
It was NOT religion, in general! The Nation was founded on Judeo-Christian Principles…. Principles foreign to Catholicism. It was the Parochial Schools, started by Roman Catholics, which energized Americans to protect themselves against religion…. not the ‘Public Schools.’
NOW… we have a Protestant Church, operating a school and bidding on a State Grant for recycled automobile tires in order to better protect their children, at play. A Church who’s Grant came in 5th, in the competition, being denied simply because it was a Religious School.
THE ISSUE: Today, the real issue is whether or not a religious school can have ANY State money…. Since we have evolved into a State School System, where the gov’t runs the schools, not the public.
In the Trinity Lutheran case, we have an issue which is a further step removed from even that fight. Religious worship is not involved here, nor children’s education, nor the kind of charity religion inspires. Instead, we have a church-owned property that functions identically to a secular property and is open to all children no matter their faith.
No one could resonably confuse a grant of playground safety equipment to be the same as a backdoor to the creation of an established state church. But two U.S. Supreme Court Justices appear to have done just that!
Our American Revolution was led by men who rejected the idea that a State Church would control people by force of law. Had Great Britain won, The Church of England would have held sway and all the Protestant Churches would have been eliminated. ….NOTE: The Church of England is largely Episcopalian.
Why? Because King Henry the 8th wanted to divorce his wife and marry a woman he believed would give him an heir…. and the RCC would not allow it!
So? So he started his own Church…. Which he controlled. Episcopalians do not have Pastors, they have Priests Episcopalian priest where the Catholic ‘backward colar’ and clerical garb.
Episcopalian Communion is only one step away from Catholic Mass. One holds to Trans-Substantiation — the elements are transformed into the Literal Body and Blood of Christ, which is then sacrificed… AGAIN!!! The other holds to Con-Substantiation — the elements are the same as. You can’t get a piece of paper between the two!!
Protestant Churches, in America are Liberal: in doctrine, in social issues and in poltical issues. The RCC is still afraid their children will be indoctrinated by the State School System….. Non-catholics would be wise to take note!
The State System is NOT preparing your children to be Good Citizens and Godly men and women. The State System is now the Federal System and it is turning out ‘Lemmings’ who dance to the secular tune!
But I Digress! The Point? Our U.S. Supreme Court seems to be back on track. ‘Seems!’ It’s far too soon to tell, but the signs are good. Two more Justices are on the brink of retirement…. One may actually die before that happens…. She often cannot stay awake…. even while on the Bench.
We Watch…. And Pray!
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