Iowa Signs Theocracy Into Law, Ending Separation of Church and State


The state of Iowa has officially made their state a theocracy after ending the separation of church and state by signing a document that declares all nations must submit to the “providence of almighty God” and that there will now be an official Christian “day of fasting, humiliation and prayer” for Iowans each year on July 14. The idea comes from what has been described as a “fringe group” of fundamentalist Christians called “Prayer 7-14-14.”

Iowa governor Terry Branstad (R) signed the declaration during a press conference in which he read from the document. The document itself includes several major mistakes, including calling John Hancock the President. Hancock, of course, was never the President of the United States.

The proclamation stems from a direct request from “Prayer 7-14-14.” The group earlier released a lengthy tome which discusses, in part, how God speaks directly to the author, who is the head of the organization, by “speaking to” him “in dreams, visions and His word about our nation.”

It is worthy to note that most people who think they hear voices and see visions are generally considered to be struggling with some form of mental illness; yet, this document was the catalyst for the governor of Iowa to sign theocracy into law, effectively ending separation of church and state.

The day of humiliation will include fasting and prayer, and will include a focus on repentance, accepting Christian doctrine as the true and correct spiritual path for the state of Iowa; and other miscellaneous constitutional violations.

A website called the Family Leader published the news, and says it is colluding with the state of Iowa and other fundamentalist Christian groups to bring Christian revival to the whole nation, conveniently leaving out the fact that not everyone in the United States is Christian.

Further, the signing of the document neglects the fact that “a wall of separation between church and state” has been widely established by multiple Supreme Court justices dating back to an 1879 ruling. That decision stated that Thomas Jefferson’s idea of a wall of separation “may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [First] Amendment.” This was strengthened in 1947 when the Supreme Court ruled “In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state.”

It is not debatable that separation of church and state has been the law of the land, established by the Supreme Court on multiple occasions, for a very long time. Despite this, Iowa has now signed theocracy into law, ending the wall of separation for Iowans permanently. Putting constitutional law and little technicalities (like that fact that the governor of Iowa has essentially implemented a Christian version of Sharia law) aside for a moment, let’s talk about what most citizens of the United States want.

Few, if any, United States citizens would argue that people don’t have the right to congregate, pray, fast, repent, participate in humiliation, etc., as a group. However, the majority of United States citizens do object to government-sponsored religion. In fact, nearly 70% of Americans support a clear and strong “wall of separation” between church and state. This is reflective of the latest numbers from multiple polls and studies which show that Americans as a society are losing their religious affiliations faster than at any other time in history.

Besides the fact that the majority of Americans do not support a state or government sponsored religion, the knowledge that this new law was inspired by someone who thinks he is having visions and hearing voices is perhaps even more disturbing than the final outcome of the law itself.

Lest anyone think that Iowans fundamentally disagree that there even is a legal separation of church and state in this country, consider an editorial in The Iowa Republican, where author Nathan Tucker pleads with the Supreme Court to establish a government sponsored religion and overall theocracy. He makes no disguise of concealing his plans, as the title of his frightening essay is, literally: Tear Down This Wall of Separation.

In his horrifying diatribe, he states the Supreme Court has just been terribly confused about what the First Amendment really means. “The Religion Clause is only violated by government religious discrimination,” he claims, and seems to indicate that the clause is not related to preventing crazy zealots from forcing their personal religions and corresponding beliefs down everyone else’s throats at the hands of the government. “The courts should…tear down the wall of separation,” Tucker insists.

Mr. Tucker seems to be unaware that his suggestions are akin to fundamentalist Islamic law. He also seems to be unaware that the majority of Americans have no wish to live in a nation whose government promotes one religion over the other. The governor of Iowa apparently shares Tucker’s view.

Unlike the National Day of Prayer, which has been ongoing since the 1950s and calls upon people of any and all faiths to gather together to pray, this new law in Iowa is a strictly Christian manifestation, conceived by a group specifically dedicated to “saving” people in Christ’s name.

The website for “Prayer 7-14-14” is a peculiar presentation that reads like a cross between the insane ramblings of a soapbox preacher and a fifth grader struggling with sentence fragments. Despite the unusual verbiage and fervent pleas to come to Jesus, the website is entwined with the official state government of Iowa as it has published the governor’s endorsement of its mission on a page called The Proclamation. In addition, Governor Branstad will be formally presiding over this fiasco on July 14. Thomas Jefferson is undoubtedly very restless in his grave.

One of the more disturbing and exclusionary passages from the website states: “It is about knowing who we are in Christ!  That He first loved us and He still loves us and is pursuing us to come back to Him.” Through this and other sections, the site makes it abundantly clear that no other religions will be represented at the state sponsored day of Christian prayer.

The state of Iowa has signed theocracy into law, ending the separation between church and state; an idea that has been upheld by the Supreme Court since 1879. Governor Branstad has violated the Constitution and disgraced his office. He ought to step down immediately for his illegal actions, which bring shame to the United States. America is not a Christian nation and it never has been. No citizen should ever be called upon by his or her government to worship any one specific deity. When that begins occurring, America is no better than any other theocratic oppressive regime, and that is not what the forefathers, many of whom came here because of their own desire for religious freedom, would have wanted.

Opinion by: Rebecca Savastio


The Family Leader

Prayer 7-14-14

The Iowa Republican


21 Responses to "Iowa Signs Theocracy Into Law, Ending Separation of Church and State"

  1. DonJose   July 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Taliban ante portas

  2. Michael Fisher   July 11, 2014 at 6:13 am

    The separation of church and state is fundamental to our way of life. This issue is a laughable outage. Branstadt is just bold enough to try to pull this off, and the people of Iowa are just likely allow this to slip by. Remember they were allowing Michelle Bachmann to run for public office!

  3. Alicia Nelson   June 19, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I believe you will find through research that America had Christian roots that are undeniable. Aside, this is not “law”, and I am not all that impressed with the claims you pose in this article. You did not cite your sources or testing details for claims of how Americans feel on this issue.

  4. Moss Bliss   April 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    This is not a law. It’s a declaration. While it is asinine, it is not a legal document.

  5. Julie Paulsen   April 20, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I’m an Iowan and a Democrat. I have supported Terry Branstad because of his pretty moderate governing. He’s a Republican Governor who has allowed the Medicaid expansion in Iowa and he’s been smart about what he says in front of a microphone. However, this is the dumbest most asinine thing I have ever heard. I guess no one will go to work or to school so they can “fast and pray.” My husband has a very physical job and if he didn’t eat during the day, he would perish. Oh, and ‘Walldodger’ here is how you can get a hold of the Governor: 1007 East Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50319
    Phone: 515.281.5211
    Fax: 515.725.3527

  6. Debbie Krous   April 19, 2014 at 5:52 am

    As soon as someone contests this in court, it will be overturned by the state’s supreme court. It is a violation. *If* it is not, it will go to the federal Supreme Court, and will be overturned. No need to get upset over it. The governor is an idiot; he should step down over this but probably won’t. So, Iowa, wake up and throw this moron out! You got what you voted for…. is it what you wanted? 🙁

  7. Devin   April 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    the things that we are allowing disgust me, get out into the streets and burn something down. That is the way government works. We trust you with safety of life , liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If you give us that, you live and we pay taxes. If you do not, we kill you. To quote George Washington, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

  8. walldodger   April 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Will someone leave the Governors phone number here… I want to personally tell him…… he’s a idiot for signing that.

  9. Brian Shank   April 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I do have a bit of a disagreement with the author about the idea that the first amendment should prevent “crazy zealots from forcing their personal religions and corresponding beliefs down everyone else’s throats at the hands of the government.” So I suppose it’s okay for any other crazy zealots to shove their particular moral world view and corresponding beliefs down citizen’s throats so long as they are not founded on religion or any belief in the supernatural?

  10. zachary   April 18, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Not sure if this is good or bad, but I will have to say good for now 🙂

  11. Michael Reed   April 18, 2014 at 12:05 am

    This is truly, very scary.

  12. John   April 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Branstadt just wants to line up to suckle at the Koch Brother Teat.

  13. Lee   April 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    One word. Unconstitutional. Iowa can think what ever they wish, it is not Federally recognized.

  14. Marey Cohen   April 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Good friday and easter are not govt holidays. Xmas shouldnt be either but that got put in as a result of some xians forgetting we are a secular nation. Kinda like what just happened in iowa but not as bad

  15. Sherri Gray   April 17, 2014 at 6:02 am

    I’m all for religious and spiritual freedom, so this is scary to me. The God of my understanding is big enough to love all people, regardless of how they choose to ‘connect’ with the God of their own understanding. To combine one faith perspective with a state is to discount other citizens of that state who practice other religions. And, of course, there is that ‘separation of church and state’ thing…

  16. Blake Anthony   April 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    You have a problem with this, yet Christmas (the celebration of Christ’s birth), Good Friday, and Easter (for his resurrection) is a nationally recognized holiday. I don’t feel like you have much ground to stand on.

    • Joshua   April 17, 2014 at 1:36 am

      Those holidays have as much to do with Jebus as thursday has to do with Thor the Lightning God,

    • Stephanie   April 18, 2014 at 8:10 am

      I don’t believe Good Friday is a recognized national holiday. Banks, the postal service, and governments are still open.

  17. Martin Wilson   April 16, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Jeez – And Captain James T Kirk came from Iowa!!!

  18. Robert Schneider   April 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Church of Philadelphia

  19. Mike   April 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

    John Hancock became the President of Congress in 1775 and was referred to as President Hancock because, at that time, there was no President of the United States.


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