IFAS | Freedom Writer | March/April 2000 | kennedy.html

D. James Kennedy attacks
separation of church and state

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida In a recent fundraising letter, television preacher D. James Kennedy, of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, said, "For over five decades, the Supreme Court has handed down rulings based on a lie.a grievous deception - the doctrine of a wall of separation between church and state." Kennedy went on to blame church/state separation for "teenage pregnancy, sexual perversion, and school violence at intolerable levels, falling test scores, horrendous illiteracy, and dangerous gangs instead of educational clubs."

According to Kennedy, society's plunge began in 1962, "when the Supreme Court banned prayer in public schools, they set in motion the speediest and most spectacular decline of any civilization in history." Of course, Kennedy is in error, because the Supreme Court has never disallowed individual prayer in public schools.

Kennedy is circulating a petition to be presented to the United States Supreme Court calling for the tearing down of the wall of separation between church and state, and for the teaching of creationism, the posting of the Ten Commandments, Bible reading, and graduation prayers in the nation's public schools.

"In effect," Kennedy wrote, "we are experiencing judicial 'oligarchy,' government by a ruling elite NOT democracy, government by the people!"

In reality, Kennedy must know that the United States Supreme Court is the final interpreter of the Constitution, and the justices' decisions are not based upon how many petitions they receive, but on established case law, and, sometimes, the political leanings of the individual justices. Kennedy, who also runs the Center for Christian Statesmanship, in Washington, DC, also knows that the next president of the United States is likely to appoint several new Supreme Court justices.

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