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Separation of Church and State is NOT the Law

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Separation of Church and State in the Constitution

 
Where can I find separation of church and state in the constitution? 

Although most people believe the words "separation of church and state" are actually in the U.S. Constitution, the words cannot be found there. Rather, they are words penned by Thomas Jefferson in a letter which explains the First Amendment of the Constitution or at least Jefferson’s view of it. The actual words in the First Amendment of the Constitution read as follows: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. . . ." 

“Wall of separation between church and state”—History of phrase 
In the fall of 1801, the Danbury (Conn.) Baptist Association sent Jefferson a written address congratulating him on his election. In his reply on January 1, 1802, Jefferson penned these now famous words:
    “. . .I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”
According to the Library of Congress, in 1802 presidential replies to public addresses were prime vehicles for the expression and dissemination of partisan views. Such replies were carefully drafted with a view toward advancing the writer’s political agenda. 

We know that Jefferson went through at least two drafts of his reply. The first draft was reviewed by two Republican Cabinet members from New England, including Attorney General Levi Lincoln. In a cover note to Levi Lincoln, Jefferson revealed that he hoped to accomplish two things in the reply. One was to condemn any alliance between church and state. His views on this subject were generally those of his political party, the Republicans of the time, and well known from his previous writings. They were in direct opposition to the views of the Federalist party. Jefferson also told Levi Lincoln that he saw the reply as an opportunity to explain why he did not proclaim fasts and thanksgivings as his presidential predecessors had. However, sentences in his original draft specifically referring to fasts and thanksgivings were deleted on advice from Levi Lincoln that they would offend New England Republicans for whom the proclamation of various fasts and thanksgivings was respected tradition. 

A Massachusetts newspaper printed Jefferson’s in 1802. It was then forgotten for 50 years until it was re-published in an edition of Jefferson’s writings in 1853 and reprinted in 1868 and 1871. 

Use by the U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court highlighted the phrase “wall of separation” in 1878 by declaring in Reynolds v. U.S. “that it may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [first] amendment.” Since that time, the phrase has become common in American jurisprudence. 

Controversy over use
The use of the phrase “wall of separation between church and state” has been controversial, even among members of the Supreme Court. In 1962, Justice Potter Stewart wrote that jurisprudence is not "aided by the uncritical invocation of metaphors like the 'wall of separation,' a phrase nowhere to be found in the Constitution." In 1985, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist called Jefferson’s phrase misleading, stating "unfortunately the Establishment Clause has been expressly freighted with Jefferson's misleading metaphor for nearly 40 years." Many Americans believe that relying on a vague metaphor penned by a partisan politician who was not present when the Constitution was written, rather than the words of the Constitution as drafted in compromise by people of varying political views and ratified by the states, is grossly inappropriate and allows the courts to declare unconstitutional many practices which are not actually unconstitutional. 

Jefferson’s meaning
Was Jefferson merely assuring the Danbury Baptists that the government would never interfere with matters of the church or was he severing all connection between government and religious practice? It’s revealing to note that two days after sending his reply to the Danbury Baptists, Jefferson attended a Sunday worship service held in the House of Representatives and continued to attend these services throughout his two terms in office. He also granted permission to various church denominations to worship in executive office buildings and conveyed in his First Inaugural Address the position that religion was necessary for the welfare of a government by the people and for the people.

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PCTEA Monthly Meeting Features Candidates

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PRESS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Sunday, September 21, 2014
 
 
Portage County TEA Party Monthly Meeting
to Feature Candidates Tuesday
 
 
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party will hold it's monthly meeting Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Maplewood Career Center at 7075 State Route 88 in Ravenna, Ohio.  The entire meeting is open to the public and will feature candidates who will be on the ballot in November. All Portage County Citizens are encouraged to attend to meet the candidates personally before casting an absentee ballot or voting in person. 
 
Scheduled to appear and speak on Tuesday are Joseph Lanese, Democratic Candidate for the 76th House District; County Commissioner Candidates Independent Richard Duncan and Republican Sabrina Christian Bennett; County Auditor Candidates Republican Janet Esposito and Democrat Christopher Mallin; Common Pleas-Probate/Juvenile Judge Candidate David Brode; Common Pleas-General Division Candidate Becky Doherty; 11th District Court of Appeals Candidates Ron Tamburrino and Geoffrey W. Weaver; and State Board of Education Candidates Incumbent Sarah Fowler and challenger David Spencer. Video's of each candidate will be posted on the Portage County TEA Party website before the election at www.PortageCountyTEAParty.com.
 
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
 

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Ohio Pastor Pressured to Give Up Rights

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 11, 2014


LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PUBLICLY PRESSURES PASTOR

TO GIVE UP FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS


Pastor Bill Dunfee of New Beginnings Ministry has a street ministry outside of the Foxhole North strip club. Every Friday night for eight years, Pastor Dunfee and a few members of his church have gathered on public property, read their Bibles, and talked to people who visit the strip club. The owner of the strip club, Tom George, has grown frustrated and sent topless women to picket outside Pastor Dunfee's church on Sunday mornings (these protests have also occurred on public property).

Now, local law enforcement wants Pastor Dunfee to give up his First Amendment free speech rights and stop his street ministry. Instead of sitting down with both Pastor Dunfee and George or even contacting them first, these law enforcement officers issued a letter that was first distributed by the press. According to the Coschocton Tribune, this letter asked Pastor Dunfee and George to "cease and desist" their protests. The freedom to assemble and conduct non-violent protests is protected by Americans' First Amendment rights - these are individual liberties central to the American experience. Non-violent protesting on public property, no matter who conducts it, is protected by the First Amendment and must not be infringed upon. We urge Pastor Dunfee to never relinquish his free speech rights. Pressuring someone to abandon their First Amendment freedoms is reckless and misguided. 

The original issue of a ministry outside a strip bar and a strip bar picketing a church is now a secondary issue. The primary issue has become Coshocton Law Enforcement's attempt to pressure the free speech rights of these men. This letter, written to publicize through the media, suggests that non-compliance will put Pastor Dunfee on the wrong side of the law. These three law enforcement representatives should write one more letter to Pastor Dunfee and Tom George: an apology promising that law enforcement will defend their rights to freely exercise their First Amendment liberties and stop exerting public pressure to intimidate them.

See referenced article from yesterday's Coschocton Tribune"Church and strip club asked to stop fight"

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TEA Party Patriots Ad Hit Joyce on Obamacare

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Dave Joyce just can't defend his position on Obamacare.

We need Matt Lynch in Congress to fight Obamacare until it is gone!

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RALLY IN BAINBRIDGE THURSDAY!

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FreedomWorks for America and Activists Rally to Un-Seat Rep. David Joyce in OH-14

FWFA Executive VP Adam Brandon will make a special announcement about the OH-14 race

WHAT: FreedomWorks for America Executive Vice President Adam Brandon will join a coalition of conservative groups across the state of Ohio at a rally in Chagrin Falls to make a special announcement in the OH-14 race.

The rally will include the distribution of 1,000 yard signs and other voter education materials. Other group representatives will include: Tom Zawistowski (Portage County TEA Party), Chuck Laughlin (Lake County Liberty Coalition), Dana Adams (Summit County TEA Party), Ralph Spampanato (Stark-Tusc 9/12 Group), Pastor Ernie Sanders (Geauga County TEA Party), and Dom Sciria (Cuyahoga Valley Republicans).

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014 beginning at 11:30am ET.

WHERE: Clubhouse in the Tanglewood Club, 8745 Tanglewood Trail, Bainbridge, OH 44023

WHY: Ohioans are ready to take their government back from unions and special interests. Rep. David Joyce is a bought-and-paid-for politician who is financially backed by Washington insider PACs, including thousands of dollars from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Main Street PAC run by lobbyist and former Rep. Steve LaTourette. Rep. Joyce has also received tens of thousands of dollars from building trade and transportation unions.

ABOUT FREEDOMWORKS FOR AMERICA: FreedomWorks for America is a grassroots service center to a community of over 6 million activists supporting candidates who believe in individual liberty and constitutionally-limited government. For more information, please visit www.FreedomWorksforAmerica.org or contact Jackie Bodnar at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:17
 

Monthly Meeting TONIGHT!

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PRESS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, March 16, 2014
 
 
Candidates to Speak at PCTEA Monthly Meeting
 
Kent, OH - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that three of the four candidates for County Commissioner will speak at the groups Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, March 18th as well as one of the Ohio House Candidates. Republican Primary candidates Sabrina Christian-Bennett and Kristen Kline-Morris and Democratic Primary Candidate Angelo Battaglia will all speak. Vicki Kline, also a Democratic candidate for County Commissioner, had a scheduling conflict and will attend a future meeting.  Linda O'Brien, the Republican candidate for Ohio House in the 76th District will also speak at the event. The event will be held at 7:00 PM at the Maplewood Career Center, at 7075 State Route 88, Ravenna, OH 44266. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
 
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.

 

 
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Monthly Meeting Monday June 17th

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Monthly Meeting Open to the Public - Monday, June 17th

 

Our Government is Targeting TEA Party Groups and individuals through the IRS, capturing your Verizon Phone Records, recording every email and web site you visit through the PRISM program. What does it all mean to the ordinary American and how will this affect you personally?  Come to the Portage County TEA Party meeting this Monday, night June 17th and find out.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 7:00 PM at the Maplewood Career Center at 7075 State Route 88, just North of Ravenna in Portage County.  
 
Distinguished Law Professor David Forte from Cleveland State University will be the opening speaker followed by a presentation on the IRS Targeting by Portage County TEA Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Join your fellow citizens Monday, June 17th in Ravenna for this informative presentation, and learn what we as citizens can do to stop this abuse of power and restore Constitutionally limited Government.
 

PCTEA Announce State and Federal Endorsements

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PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 31, 2012

 

PCTEA ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR FEDERAL AND STATE RACES

 

Kent, Ohio -  The Portage County TEA Party today announced its endorsements for federal and state candidates for the election on November 6, 2012. In making the announcement, Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said, “When Chief Justice Roberts made the announcement about the legality of Obamacare this June, he said that, “It is not the job of the Supreme Court to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” We agreed. The time for the American People to do the vital job of electing officials who truly represent their values and their dreams for America is November 6th and we intend to do just that.” 

 

He then announced, “It is with great pride and hope for a better future for our Nation, that the Portage County TEA Party endorses Mitt Romney for President.  We have no doubt that he will steady the ship of state and release the full power of our private business and industry to create millions of tax paying jobs and grow our nation out of this financial crisis.”

 

He continued by saying, “We are equally excited to endorse Josh Mandel for US Senate and look forward to bringing the same level of conservative thinking to that body as we did to the US House in 2010.  Mandel will vote for the people before the party and we welcome that commitment. We further endorse Congressman Jim Rennaci in the 16th Congressional District, Dave Joyce in the 14th Congressional District and Dr. Marisha Agana in the 13th Congressional District. They are all dedicated to stopping the spending, stopping the borrowing and balancing the federal budget. They are also dedicated to restoring our individual liberty and freedom by retrenching federal government intrusion into our personal lives and into our businesses.”

 

Moving to the Ohio state races, Zawistowski explained, “In the race for Ohio Senate we endorse incumbent Republican John Eklund who has worked hard to become a familiar and well-known face in Portage County and is an excellent representative of our values and views.  In the Ohio House, we are fortunate to have two extremely talented and dedicated candidates in Matt Lynch in the 76th District in the Northern part of the County, and Nick Skeriotis in the 75th District in the Southern part of the county.  Both are conservative thinkers who believe in the Constitution and will defend it while in office.” 

 

He concluded by saying, “Our organization believes that too many voters ignore the role of Judges when voting. These are key positions in our government and deserve attention equal to the other candidates.  We endorse and urge voters in Portage County to vote for Robert Cupp, Sharon Kennedy and Terrance O’Donnel for the Ohio Supreme Court.  We further endorse Mary O’Toole for the very important Appellate Court Judge position.”

 

Voters can find information for all federal, state, and local races and issues on the organization’s website at www.PortageCountyTEAParty.com.  They will also find videos of many candidates as well as candidate surveys on the website.  Those who do not have internet but would like to find out who the organization endorses can call the office at 330-474-3878.

 

The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.

 

 

UNDERSTAND THE FISCAL INSANITY:

This short video is a non-political explaination, by an accountant, of the severe financial challenges facing our nation:

Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 23:18
 

Issue 1 Analysis

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As you know we have been struggling to find anyone who could explain Issue 1 with any authority and help us decide what our position is on that Issue.  Thankfully, Attorney  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and Attorney  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  donated the time and effort to put together the attached comprehensive document for you to read.  We are recommending a NO Vote on Issue 1. 
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Romney Pays for Visit-Obama does NOT

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Bob Dyer: Romney pays own freight in the Falls

By Bob Dyer 
Beacon Journal columnist

Interesting contrast.

As I reported in August, Copley Township is still owed $10,549 for the expenses it incurred during a 2008 campaign stop by then-vice presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

Copley’s fiscal officer, Janice Marshall, sent a bill to the “Obama for America” campaign but never received a penny.

And Fairlawn rang up $34,146 in police overtime and other expenses this summer when President Barack Obama brought his re-election campaign to town and spent the night at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Shortly thereafter, Fairlawn’s assistant finance director, Patricia Bertsch, sent a bill to the Obama campaign. She said at the time she wasn’t holding her breath. Good thing. She’d still be holding it.

Now along comes Mitt Romney, dishing out his own election patter in Cuyahoga Falls on a Tuesday night in October.

Same deal?

Far from it.

Long before his big rally at the Falls’ Natatorium, Romney’s campaign folks contacted the city, said they’d like to stage an event there and promised to pay for any extra expenses the city would incur.

Romney’s people asked the Falls to come up with an invoice, and said the invoice could be adjusted upward if unforeseen expenses cropped up.

To Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart, that speaks volumes about the difference between the candidates.

“I think it’s self-evident,” he said. “[It tells you] who is accountable for their deeds and who isn’t, who’s accountable for their actions and who keeps blaming everybody else.”

Of course, Robart, a conservative Republican, has virtually nothing nice to say about the president and limitless good things to say about the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Still, regardless of which party you favor, as a taxpayer you have to prefer Romney’s approach to campaign expenses, especially if you live in a small city or town.

The final cost of Tuesday’s rally in the Falls was $7,050, most of it for overtime and facility rental. That’s $7,050 that Cuyahoga Falls’ 49,473 residents won’t have to pay.

The city of Akron, run by a moderate Democrat mayor, said in August it had no intention of billing Obama’s campaign for his 25-minute speech at the John S. Knight Center. The city decided to eat $21,304 in expenses in exchange for what it called the privilege of hosting a sitting president.

There’s an undeniable thrill in getting an up-close look at the most powerful person on the planet. But perhaps we ought to differentiate between someone acting in a presidential capacity and someone trolling for votes.

The biggest downside of the Romney visit — aside from ugly traffic jams — was that the Natatorium was shut down for the entire day, depriving 10,000 dues-paying members of a day of prepaid exercise. However, the city announced in advance that it would extend everyone’s membership by one day.

The Nat employs only a handful of full-time people, and they were paid their usual salaries because they had functions to perform and spent the day working. Losing out were the many part-time employees, none of whom worked or got paid.

Robart was still glowing several days after the Romney visit.

“It was just electric,” he said.

Although Robart initially supported Rick Santorum, and would have preferred Newt Gingrich had Gingrich not been saddled with “so much baggage going in,” Robart’s affection for Romney has heated up considerably.

“I wasn’t on his bandwagon in the primary because I thought he was a little too liberal for me. I was misguided. All of his actions since then spell out a real honorable, honest man.”

Romney’s choice of hotels was interesting. Even though the Sheraton Suites, right around the corner from the Nat, is one of the finest hotels in the region, Romney bedded down at the Fairfield Inn across from the Regal Interstate Park Cinema 18, near South Arlington Road in Green.

Robart attributed that decision to the Fairfield’s connection to the Marriott chain, founded by J. Willard Marriott — who, like Romney, was a Mormon. Romney served two terms on the Marriott board.

As the GOP hopeful was heading out to his campaign bus Wednesday morning (carrying his own luggage), he came over to Robart and spent more than 15 minutes chatting with the mayor and a small group of Cuyahoga Falls officials that included the police and fire chiefs.

“He was very, very gracious,” Robart said. “He couldn’t have been more charismatic. ...

“You always think of politicians as being phoney baloneys” — please note that Robart is saying this, not me — “but I didn’t see an ounce of that in Mitt Romney.”

If nothing else, the guy pays his bills.

Bob Dyer can be reached at 330-996-3580 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Find this article at: 
http://www.ohio.com/news/local/bob-dyer-romney-pays-own-freight-in-the-falls-1.341769

 

 

UNDERSTAND THE FISCAL INSANITY:

This short video is a non-political explaination, by an accountant, of the severe financial challenges facing our nation:

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