The basic premise of the Constitution was a separation of powers and a system of checks and balances because man was perceived as a fallen creature and would always yearn for more power.
Indeed, the acknowledgement of God is not synonymous with religion.
No, I think that we've got a basic discrepancy here between the rule of law versus the rule of man.
I was asked three times directly in the hearing before the board of the judiciary whether or not I would continue to acknowledge God if I were to resume my position as chief justice. And I said I would.
The whole basis of the Constitution was a restriction of power, and the whole basis of the federalist system was that there was not one sovereign centralized power from which all authority flows.
Anytime you deny the acknowledgement of God you are undermining the entire basis for which our country exists.
The Ten Commandments are the divinely revealed law.
If God gives you rights, no man and no government can take them away from you.
It is altogether proper for people to recognize a sovereign God.
Rights come from God, not from government.
They don't want to be reminded that there is an authority higher than the authority of the state.
It can have a secular purpose and have a relationship to God because God was presumed to be both over the state and the church, and separation of church and state was never meant to separate God from government.
The First Amendment to the Constitution reflects that concept recognized in the Ten Commandments, that the duties we owe to God and the manner of discharging those duties are outside the purview of government.
But in the long term, I think it is improper to limit your future.
I know Dr. Kennedy and I know Coral Ridge Ministries. I have no connection.
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