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The Myth of Separation Between Church & State, Dee Wampler, 2002, 135 pps., $12.50 + s/h

One of the enduring myths of our times is that the United States Constitution mandates the separation of church and state. Renowned Missouri attorney, Dee Wampler, dispels this myth in his quote-filled new book.

Wampler proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the intent of the Framers was to protect the free exercise of religion from government, not to protect government from religion. He documents the faith of our forefathers in their own words, beginning with Christopher Columbus's discovery of the Americas in the name of Jesus Christ to the unabashed Christianity of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and of our Constitution.

"Historical revisionists have erased [the Framers] repeated references to and reliance upon God," Wampler writes. "Over the past century, much of our religious heritage has been taken out of our history books. . . We are in danger of losing our heritage because the whole story is no longer being told."

Wampler points out that, contrary to the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the First Amendment was intended to maintain a proper relationship between government and religion. The term establishment of religion was coined to prevent a national church.

Wampler states that the current view of the First Amendment is "not the product of constitutional intent, but of a bewildering array of Supreme Court decisions with a tendency to secularize the public life of the nation and to work a restrained but taxing persecution on Christians and other people of faith who want to integrate their faith with their public life." He writes that the Court during the past 50 years has prohibited public school students from reciting prayers before class and "stripped the Ten Commandments from classroom bulletin boards." He laments that the subject of religion has been completely eliminated from a curriculum still purporting to teach moral values, which "amounts to an establishment of secular humanism."

Wampler urges that, as a God-fearing nation (90% of Americans believe in God), we "end the scoffing at religion, especially at Christianity, that goes on among the self-anointed elites in the media, entertainment industry, and academia." Amen!

Write Dee Wampler, 1200-C East Woodhurst Dr., Springfield, MO 65804.

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