author and teacher MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA, believes that religious
displays are not governed by the so-called concept of separation of
church and state. The conflict surrounding religious displays centers
on the mistaken belief that the phrase "separation of church and state"
occurs in the Constitution.
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Christ be kept out of Christmas? Does a religious display violate the
separation of church and state? Dr. MaryAnn Diorio has released a
statement that may help clear up some of the confusion
PA, December 18, 2014] According to an article on the
Opposing Views website, for three years running the city of Brookville,
Indiana, has been threatened with a lawsuit from the Freedom from
Religion Foundation. Last year, the commissioners reportedly received a
letter requesting that the city's nativity scene be removed from public
property. The FFRF maintains that the display violates separation of
church and state in that the display is on public property.
so," objects award-winning author Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. "The concept of
'separation of church and state' is found nowhere in the
Constitution. The phrase comes from a letter written by Thomas
Jefferson on January 1, 1802, to the Danbury Baptist Association of
Connecticut in regard to a rumor that the Congregationalists would
become the national religion, an alarming thought for those who had
escaped religious persecution in England. Jefferson wrote: 'I
contemplate with solemn 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.' As
verified by Jefferson's letter, the phrase 'separation of church and
state' is a quote from his letter, not from the Constitution. Anyone
who has read the Constitution can verify the accuracy of my statement.
The purpose of this 'wall' to which Jefferson referred in his letter
was not to keep religion out of government, but to keep government out
of religion. Indeed, as James Madison, the Father of the Constitution
and our fourth president, so eloquently stated, 'The future and success
of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon
which this Constitution is founded.'"
"The real issue here,"
Diorio continues, "is not religious or non-religious freedom. The real
issue is the spiritual conflict between good and evil that has existed
since the fall of mankind. As the Book of Ephesians reminds us,
'. . . we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but
against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world,
those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule
this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit
world" (Ephesians 6:12). Ours is a spiritual battle, not an
intellectual one or even a political one. Knowing this, we can
love our enemies even as they persecute us."
Dr. Diorio holds a
Doctor of Ministry degree and has been teaching the Bible for almost 20
years. She writes award-winning books for the young, and the
young-at-heart. Diorio has written seven books, been a contributor to
eight others, and has published seven booklets. She recently brought
her considerable talent and impressive background together in 'Who Is
Jesus?' to create a work that is certain to become a classic in the
Christian children's books genre.
Dr. Diorio holds numerous
degrees including the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in French with
a concentration in Comparative Literature, the Doctor of Ministry
(DMin) degree in Christian Counseling, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature, the
Master of Arts (MA) degree in Italian Language & Literature, the
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Writing Popular Fiction with a
concentration in Writing for Children and the Bachelor of Arts (BA)
degree in French.
She has won numerous awards, including Third
Place for “From Feminism to Freedom” AMY Writing Awards; Fifth Place,
National Writers’ Club Short Story Contest for “The Birthmark”; Top 100
Short Stories ranking for “The Birthmark”, Writers’ Digest Short Story
Contest; Honorable Mention for radio script, TAKE ONE Radio Theatre;
Second Place for Novel, St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference
Contest; Third Place in Women’s Fiction, American Christian Fiction
Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest; Second Place in Inspirational Category
for Novel, East Texas RWA Southern Heat Contest; Second Place in
Historical Category for Novel, Romance Writers’ Ink Where the Magic
Begins Contest; First Place in Inspirational Category for Novel,
Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest; and First Place in
Inspirational Category for Novel, Spacecoast Launching a Star Contest.
Dr. Diorio is available for media interviews and can be reached using
the information below or by email at email@example.com.
All of her works are available at online book retailers and at her
site. More information, including information on 'Who Is Jesus?', is
available at her site at http://www.MaryAnnDiorio.com.
is also a multi-award winning author, a Certified Life Coach, a
Certified Behavioral Consultant, and a Certified Biblical Counselor as
well as a gifted Bible teacher and speaker whose heart’s desire is to
help people become all that God created them to be. For all that God
has done and continues to do in her life, MaryAnn gives Him all the
praise and all the glory.
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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