THE IMPORTANCE OF HISTORY-PART 13
By Pastor Roger Anghis
September 26, 2010
Discovering America’s Christian Heritage
Part 13 – Our Religious Courts
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
In the last 50+ years our courts have reflected an increasingly secular world view of our nation’s history even though it cannot be found in their writings or their actions where our Founding Fathers intended to restrict religious views from the public arena. You will find that in the early years of this nation our courts were not hostile to religion, specifically Christianity. It does seem that the rulings in today’s courts bear little resemblance to the original intent of our Founding Fathers. Even though the judicial branch is the weakest of the three branches, they have taken on a role that the Founding Fathers never intended and even warned about.
The ‘law’ that has allowed abortion did not come from the legislature, it came from judges. The ‘law’ that says that we cannot pray at football games came from judges, not the legislature. There has been no law passed by any elected official that says that the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed in public. That also has come from judges. When reading the Constitution and the descriptions of each branch you will find that the judicial branch is the least powerful and has no authority to establish policy. Yet what they did with abortion, prayer, and the Ten Commandments is all policy. The Courts present stand on religion and government is 180 degrees different than in the early years of this nation.
Thomas McKean was the leading legal authority in the Founding era, the author of Commentary on the Constitution and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He helped author the constitutions of Pennsylvania and Delaware, served as Governor in each of those states, and was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. As the Chief Justice he presided over Respublica vs. John Roberts, a case of treason in which the defendant was found guilty of treason.