You can’t pray here.
Have you ever heard those words before?
When the pilgrims left England in 1620, religious persecution was at the top of their list of grievances.
It was the final straw for those pilgrims and rightfully so — no government should step in the way of people worshiping their Creator.
But when they arrived on the shores of this continent, it’s a good thing they weren’t dropping anchor off the beaches of Rehoboth, DE in 2013.
The government bureaucrats currently running that town are giving King James I a run for his money.
The Rehoboth City Manager has denied a Christian pastor of the natural right to worship on the open and public beach in Rehoboth, citing that a permit cannot be issued due to a false pretense of separation of church and state:
“I am so sorry to inform you that I cannot grant your request to have church services on the public beach in Rehoboth. I cannot mix Church and State. I trust you understand. Wishing you the very best.”
– Rehoboth City Manager
It sounds like the Rehoboth City Manager is thoroughly confused on what separation of church and state is all about.
Here are the authoritative words from Thomas Jefferson that defined the principles on separation of church and state cited by the befuddled Rehoboth City Manager, which have repeatedly been referenced by the Supreme Court in cases such as Reynolds v. United States (1879) and Everson v. Board of Education (1947):
“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”
– Thomas Jefferson letter to Danbury Baptist Association, 1802.
The principles of that “separation” meant that no government can restrict the free practice of any religion, nor can any government law establish one religion over all the people.
It did NOT mean that government has any role in keeping any religion out of the public square.
A permit should never be required for such a thing.
Remember these further words of Thomas Jefferson, “if a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”
This Thursday, July 4th, all of us will be celebrating the amazing story of our country, where human freedom once existed at a level that the world had never seen before.
We’ve lost a lot of freedom since 1776, but each of us should know in our hearts that there will be no excuse for our generation in future history books if we do not stand up to this growing tyranny we face.
The pastor is moving forward with his plans to hold a service of worship on Rehoboth Beach tomorrow, July 4th at 9:30 AM.
I encourage you to join him at the end of Rehoboth Avenue at that time.
Eric R. Boye
First State Liberty PAC
P.S. Join Pastor Rober Dekker in drawing a LINE IN THE SAND of Rehoboth Beach this Sunday in an act of civil disobedience and peaceful prayer.
Celebrate the freedom to worship that inspired so many people to flee their native lands and find religious refuge on our shores.
The peaceful worship service will happen tomorrow, July 4th at 9:30a.m. at Rehoboth Beach at the end of Rehoboth Avenue.
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