Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor, Julie Roginsky appeared recently on the “Outnumbered” program and had a few words to say about the phrase, “In God We Trust.”
She told the “Outnumbered” panel, which included Judge Andrew Napolitano, that — even though she claims to believe in God — that she wants the phrase removed from our money.
In Roginsky’s words:
“Separation of church and state means… if you want to put “In God We Trust” on a bumper sticker and put it on your car, great. Don’t put it on my money, don’t put it on government property, take it out of the Pledge of Allegiance.”
In 11 years, I have never gotten as visceral a reaction on any topic from viewers as I did when I said this today: https://t.co/a2LvAehmpm
— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) July 27, 2015
You can see the entire exchange here:
Unfortunately, Roginsky’s statement displayed a fundamental misunderstanding of the entire concept behind ‘separation of church and state’ — something that liberals and atheists love to harp on.
Nowhere in our Constitution does that phrase ever appear. In fact, the earliest appearance of the phrase was a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, 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 and State.
Jefferson’s statement was to clarify that the Bill of Rights prevents the establishment of a national church. He was reassuring the Baptists that they didn’t have to fear that the government was going to interfere with how they worshiped.
What’s your opinion on the phrase “In God We Trust” appearing on our money?