A Concrete Proposal

In 1976 the United States will celebrate 200 years of independence. No American wants to let that anniversary pass without fitting commemoration, especially as no one can be sure how many more chances we will get. But so far Americans have been unable to agree on a suitably momentous project. The mythical but ubiquitous “Johnny Horizon” (possibly a nom de plume for Sam Ervin?) urges “Let’s Clean Up America,” but somehow that does not seem like the answer. Since the political and business communities are puzzled, it is incumbent upon America’s religious community to make a suggestion.

On the one hand, it might seem difficult for so pluralistic a group to unite on a single suggestion. Actually, that very pluralism suggests the answer. China has its Great Wall and Jerusalem its Wailing Wall, the one built to keep the Mongol barbarians out of China, the other left over after the civilized Romans had knocked down everything breakable in Jerusalem. America too has a wall, but it is an invisible one. Apparently built into the U. S. Constitution by late eighteenth-century Freemasons, the Wall of Separation (Between Church and State) was all too frequently overlooked, even by tourists, until it was rediscovered and excavated by Glenn Archer, Madalyn Murray (now O’Hair), and several Supreme Court justices.

This Wall of Separation results from the pluralism of America’s religious community. And now that pluralistic community can unite on a very concrete proposal: build a real wall between church and state. Since churches are so numerous and scattered all over the country, it would be more efficient to build the walls around all existing government buildings and around new ones as fast as they spring up.

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