President Ronald Reagan used the phrase "take down that wall" when he directed it toward the President of the U.S.S.R. The power of those prophetic words eventually worked and truth prevailed; the Berlin wall was toppled from within because of a system not based on truth and was therefore not sustainable. We have a "wall" in this country that is not based on historical or legal truth and eventually it also will topple and fall into the footnotes of historical shame and of deceitful lies. We have been lied to by legal and historical revisionists that a so called "wall of separation of church and state" exists and is contained in our Constitution.
I pray that the eventual toppling of our "wall" will not account for the end of the Republic that our Founders gave to us over 200 years ago.
The problem began not over 200 years ago but in 1947 with the coupling of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights by the Everson Court
. The Rule adopted by a previous Supreme Court of the United States in interpreting the 14th Amendment ...makes it inapplicable to the religious liberty or any other right of the citizen as determined by the state of which he is resident. (see the cases of Paul vs. Virginia (8 Wallace, p. 168), and of New Orleans Slaughter-house (16 Wallace, p. 36) which laid down the above principle).
Justice William Douglas, in 1970 "openly acknowledged that by coupling the Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights, the Court had not only usurped state authority over many areas but that it also created an American revolution that...*
. . . involved the imposition of new and far-reaching constitutional restraints on the states. Nationalization of many civil liberties has been the consequence of the Fourteenth Amendment, reversing the historic position that the foundations of those liberties rested largely in state law...And so the revolution occasioned by the Fourteenth Amendment has progressed as Article after Article in the Bill of Rights has been incorporated in it [by the Court] and made applicable to the states. **
The Everson decision which I believe should be reversed when the truth finally prevails and it is ruled, by another Supreme Court, as unconstitutional. Truth will eventually be the guardian of our Republic.
* ** Original Intent, The Courts, the Contitution, and Religion, by David Barton, Wallbuilder Press, page 25