Discussing the National Day of Prayer and its detractors with Bill O’Reilly, Sarah Palin gave us her unique take on the American standard of separation of church and state. She insisted there was nothing wrong with having a national day for observing spirituality, not because there was no one religion being championed over another, but because the Founders who wrote the Constitution subscribed to Judeo-Christian beliefs, which were meant to be taken into consideration when writing laws.
O’Reilly acknowledges that “America has evolved, and we have become a much more secular nation,” even though he believes a national day to promote spirituality in any of its forms is a good thing. Palin, however, views the evolution of America from a strictly Christian nation to a religiously diverse one as “a step towards the fundamental transformation of America” and encouraged people to “keep this clean, keep it simple. Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant– they’re quite clear– that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandents, it’s quite simple.”
Creating law based on a specific religion doesn’t sound at all like separation of church and state, but Palin countered that with a message to Americans that do not share her religious background: “Yay, welcome to America!”
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