Megachurch Pastor: ‘There Is No Such Thing As Separation of Church and State in the Constitution’

2 June 2020

Pastor Robert Jeffress: “There’s No Such Thing As Separation Of Church And State.” (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

Robert Jeffress, Texas megachurch pastor and one of President Donald Trump’s closest spiritual advisors, claims “there is no such thing as a separation of church and state in the Constitution”.

Right Wing Watch reports:

Robert Jeffress, one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal evangelical Christian supporters, told a gospel music gathering in Tennessee this week, “There is no such thing as a separation of church and state in the Constitution.”

Jeffress was asked whether the Constitution mandates that public discourse be “totally secular.” Jeffress began his response by saying that the separation of church and state doesn’t exist in the Constitution and that the First Amendment was intended only to prevent the establishment of a state church that could coerce people to worship.

JoeMyGod has transcribed Jeffress’ rant:

There is no such thing as a separation of church and state in the Constitution. We have allowed the secularists, the atheists, the humanists to hijack our Constitution and pervert it into something our forefathers never intended.

And I’m gonna say this. I’m gonna say this, and it may cost me some book sales, but I’m gonna say it anyway. Thank God we have a president like Donald J. Trump who understands that. I don’t like seeing my friend under attack like he is under right now, but I don’t like the prospect of what’s going to happen in America if we allow the left to seize control of this country again.

And I believe one of the great ironies of history is gonna be this: When the historians look back, they are gonna say with great surprise, that it was a secular, billionaire real estate tycoon from New York City who became the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, and pro-Israel president in history.

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  1. To the best of my knowledge, Jeffress is right in that there is nothing specifically in the constitution calling for or requiring a separation of church and state. Now, having said this, I do believe that it was their intention to create this type of situation and I only wish that they had made it crystal clear when drawing up the documents. The evidence is all around, that keeping the two separate was the intent, but as we all have seen their lack of clarity has opened the door for people to twist the situation for their own religious purposes.

  2. Several of the Founders and Constitution’s framers explained that the First Amendment’s Establishment clause means “wall of separation.” That document also doesn’t forbid killing with poison, but no murder suspect would use an ignorant argument and expect any sane person to excuse their actions.

  3. Donald Trump is no religious expert, and neither he nor Jeffress know one word of the Constitution. The 1st Amendment was designed to keep people like Jeffress out of my business. The Founding Fathers were Deists, not Baptists or Methodists. They had Christian values, but did not want any religion to have dominance in the public forum.


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