Roger Williams is Celebrating Freedom Today
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Mon Jun 11 15:58:25 PDT 2001
Professor Finkelman stated:
"Or bad news for the the estbalishment clause, and for those who think that
free exercise of religion is threatened when the government and the Church
are too closely linked. Once again, Roger Williams, the founder of the
Baptists movement in America, must roll over in his grave."
We shouldn't confuse Roger Williams' spinning for simply rolling over in his
grave. Obviously, the founder of the biblical commonwealth, who welcomed
all who were not looking to doom that commonwealth onto the decks of the
ship of state, not only baptists (societal rejects like himself), but also
Congregationalists and papists (whose predominance inflicted religious
intolerance either directly on him (driving to Rhode Island) or on other
baptists on the continent), and mohommetans.
No, as Roger cranks up the party and delights in the fact that, for once at
least, religionists are not being tossed overboard as though they were
stowaways or traitors to the ship of state, don't confuse the spinning for a
reaction of confusion, upset or displeasure in today's outcome.
The spinning occurred two hundred years ago when Thomas Jefferson misused
Williams' metaphor (in which the wall is devised to protect the garden of
the church from the wilderness of the world) to suggest that the
Establishment Clause created a wall of DIVISION between church and state.
The spinning went into high gear a century and a half later when even Tom's
misused metaphor was transmogrified into the justification of treating the
Establishment Clause as a biased filter designed to eliminate the influence
of religion on society, culture and government and governmental
Jim "Crank up the band, Roger Williams' has got some happy feet" Henderson
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