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The Church and State in Art page documents the close relationship between faith and law in America. Washington D.C. is likely the best place in America to go to see typically early American expressions of Church and State in Art, due not only to the quality, but the vast quantity. Much may be learned about a given culture by observing the nature, the quality, and detecting cultural consistency in the art it produced, whether in paint, stone, music, dance, drama, literature or architecture.
Consistency in art tells us much about the core values of the society of a given period. Whenever you look at art, including the art on this page, consider the people, their culture, and the period it came from, and compare the art to the art of other periods, including this one. Then meditate upon which culture appeared to be on the rise and which in decline, when compared to each other.
The history of the blending of religion, or at least of religious morality, and law is recorded in the art and architecture of Washington D.C. Many non-Jewish, non-Christian characters and symbols are depicted, representing historical developments such as the code of Hamorabi, the Justinian Code, etc. Significantly, no characters, symbols or representations are presented more often or more prominently than the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments.
They are depicted most often as two stone tablets inscribed with the Roman numerals I through X; occasionally as one tablet numbered I through X; sometimes with the inscription LEX. This is representative of the Book of the Law. Historical figures are shown holding one or another form of the Book of the Law, sometimes in the form of a book, sometimes a tablet, sometimes reading or holding a scroll and sometimes – most significantly – holding five (5) scrolls, representing the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. This is, definitively, The Law.
These depictions proclaim the principle that, whatever happens, The Law does not change; The Law is fixed forever, and may be depended upon.
Just a few of the many, many U. S. postage stamps with religious themes. The Church and State in Art remains a contemporary artistic theme in America.
The Church and State in Art page shows in a graphic way the close relationship between Judeo-Christian moral norms and civil law, as held by the founders, and as held to today by a significant majority of American citizens. Elsewhere in this website, this theme is related to subject after subject; it is, indeed, at the root of all social standards, social arguments and political issues. The Church and State in Art page puts it all into a nutshell.
For a really beautiful pictorial directory of memorials, monuments, statues & other outdoor art in Washington D.C., our most monument-filled city, visit Washington DC Memorials.
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Date: Thu Mar 25 06:49:18 2010
From: Roshni Mishra
Hi, it's very nice to know the history of U.S Capitol. Honestly I was not aware of these things. After reading Novel of Dan Brown The Lost Symbol I came to know there are some mysteries behind U.S. Capitol and I was very keen to know how does it really looks like "the Dome" ... but I’m really feeling more inclined to know about the Mason and other things related to that ... it is written in this book that females can not be the part of Mason ... but I love to be part of it as in any way if I could help it please let me know ... it will be a truly pleasure for me ... Thank You for sharing such wonderful pictures ...
Date: Thu Mar 25 17:49:18 2010
From: Vic Biorseth
I addressed some of the author Dan Brown’s work in the The DaVinci Code page, and in more detail in the Perpetual Virginity page. In essence, Dan Brown is an imaginative and entertaining author, but as an historian or an historical novelist, he leaves much to be desired. His historical factual errors are so gross as to be comical.
Masonry is not exactly my subject, being as it is strictly against my Catholic religion; but I do know several masons and am lightly acquainted with masonry, in as much as any outsider may be. It is, of course, a secret society, and there is much about it that cannot stand the light of day. It involves, dark, secret sworn blood-oaths, involving cutting out the tongues or hearts of fellow masons who reveal any of the secrets, including the blood oaths, and so forth. For the most part, I believe most of the masons are relatively harmless and ignorant of the deeper rites, but that the relatively few higher-ups may have evil motives.
Regarding Masonic symbolism incorporated into American art and architecture, such as the “All Seeing Eye” within a triangle or a pyramid, as seen at the top of the Washington Monument and on the one dollar bill, that is a symbol that is older than Masonry, and even older than Christianity, probably originating in ancient Egypt. It was adopted by Christianity first, to represent the all-seeing eye of God; it was later adopted by Masonry. So it can’t really be called a strictly Masonic symbol, although it is one of the most widely recognized symbols in Masonry.
It is doubtful that there are any deep Masonic mysteries involved in Capital art in Washington. Many important historic figures were masons – our first President, George Washington was a mason. I don’t see that as particularly important. Masonry was virulently anti-Catholic in its first few centuries of existence, but I think today’s Masons are, for the most part, just a bunch of guys who like the fraternity and social events of their local chapters. Wives are members of “auxiliary” orders; to my knowledge, there are no women masons.
Date: Mon Jul 09 15:43:41 2012
From: Flex Court
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Date: Thu Oct 11 10:45:32 2012
From: Hirma Gomez
Location: Tomball Texas USA
May OUR Sovereign God always continue to be exalted in our nation. Remember our founders, God fearing founders and our forefathers HAD the right to Honor our Creator. Let's respect them, our God and creator and our Nation. Before all these arguments existed, OUR GOD IS GOD.
Date: Thu Oct 11 19:00:17 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
Wednesday, February 20,
Put all the pictures into a "gallery" so that, whenever you are looking at any one of them, you can click on it, and then just flip through them all, as if paging through a photo album. (New feature of SBI! 3.0 BB2 release.)
Date: Tue Apr 30 19:29:33 2013
From: Vic Biorseth
I have taken out all the junk related to the copyright brouhaha on the well studied advice of several of you. You are right; it was not only distracting, but detracting from the message of the page as well as of the larger site.
Thank you BJ, Brenda and Curmudgeon. It looks better now.
Date: Wed Aug 06 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
Changes pursuant to changing the website URL
and name from
Thinking Catholic Strategic Center to
Catholic American Thinker.
Pulled the trigger on the 301 MOVE IT option June 1, 2014. Working my way through all the webpages. .
Date: Tue Mar 06 09:59:59 2018
From: George Chaplain
Where is the US District Court frieze of the ten commandments and cross from? I couldn't find it anywhere else online
Date: Tue Mar 06 2018
From: Vic Biorseth
Not sure; either someone sent it to me in an email, or I found it somewhere on the internet back in the 2013 time-frame.
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The American Peoplehood Pages. A distinct human culture in the process of becoming an indistinguishable amorphous mass.
New Way American Politics: Restoring and Advancing Cultural Americanism. A New Way of doing our Politics after anathematizing Political Parties, Marxism, Islam and Globalism.
American Constitutional Absolutism: Replacing Outlawed Political Parties. Only American Constitutional Absolutism. No Kings; no Cronies; no Parties; no Opposition to The Law.
Even our best Major Media Cultural Commentary, Talk Radio, is not perfect. Conservative Talk Radio STILL often mistakes pure evil for simple naïveté.
This Christian Nation, and its Political Process: It’s The Morality, Stupid. This Christian Nation, and how We The People have been led astray from the path of Truth.
Refuting Separation of Church and State as a Constitutional Principle. If Separation of Church and State cannot be found in our Constitution, what makes it a Constitutional Principle? Nothing. It is NOT a Constitutional Principle.
Returning to American Founding Principles offers a return to national salvation.
American Founding Principles are reawakened by the mortal threat to the nation posed by Obamunism.
Why is this American Christian nation not called a Christian nation? This American Christian nation is oddly referred to as something other than a Christian nation. Why?
The religion as a private matter argument that cannot stand the light of day. Claiming one’s religion as a private matter is a neutral thing, unless the one with the claim is in authority over us, as an official or a “representative” politician.
Tradition and Moral Discipline Vs. Impulsiveness, Popular Fad and Moral Chaos. America was born of tradition and moral discipline, and she changes for the best when the process is steady and natural, her morality does not change.
The Church and State in Art - Artistic proof of America's Christian heritage. The combination of church and state in art in the Nation's capital raise interesting church-state questions.
The cultural ethos - the external objective truths that guide our behavior. Only atheism lacks a fixed guiding ethos. From Eskimos to Massai, from Englishmen to Aborigines, all of God's children have an ethos.
Critical Thinking: a brief explanation, and a link to further information. As the art of Critical Thinking slowly dies, and Critical Thinkers become more rare, increasingly shaky "knowledge" is passed down by the "Intelligentsia" to be uncritically accepted by most of us.
The Catholic American Thinker Mission Statement. The Catholic American Thinker promotes Catholic orthodoxy, defends Western Civilization history, culture, values and traditions, and attacks all opposition to those things.
At the crux of the culture war is morality - a standard to defend or replace. What is needed is a standard of morality by which to judge cultures; what is it that makes us all instinctively know that a given culture is a moral one?
Culture War: Western Culture Vs Secularism and any other foreign ethos. Our culture war is primarily against Secularism's unholy trinity (Darwin, Freud and Marx) and any and all opposing cultures who challenge us.
Battle Line: Where the advancing secular army meets Judeo-Christian moral norms. The Secular Position (or Agenda) involves Proactive, Aggressive Anti-Theism, and not merely "neutral" Atheism.
A return to the American Ideal means a severe reduction in Government. To return to positive growth and progress means, necessarily, purging our nation from all Marxist-Socialist philosophical influence and a return to the American Ideal.
Returning America to her original consecration; the Way the Truth and the Life. Is it to be the Way the Truth and the Life, or is it to be randomness, pointlessness and oblivion?
Constitutional America requires American re evangelization. We cannot revive Constitutionalism without an American re evangelization.
Deep Reconciliation means repentance, confession, absolution and conversion. A Serious, Deep Reconciliation is required of this whole nation, one man at a time.
On my radicalism: was it once the cultural norm? Is my radicalism good, or bad, and is there even such a thing as "good" radicalism?
The deadliest of lies are the inheritable lies. The Inheritable Lie, through which the sins of the father are visited upon the son.
Luke 21: 29-31: Some Signs Of America’s Abandonment And Spiritual Bondage
Eternal Paradise Or Hell? How And Why Both Choices Are Freely Made
Luciferian Humanists: Citing the Genesis Account is Evil “Any country grounded in Judaeo-Christian values can’t be overthrown until those roots are cut … "
Who Is Intolerant Because Ashamed: Creationists or Evolutionary Theists?
Death of the Christian God in Hearts of All Humans Why America and W. Europe are Committing Suicide
THE WORLDVIEW OF EVIL SPIRITS - an article by Linda Kimball MAGICAL MYSTERY CHURCH
Pagan-Darwinian-Materialism Redoubt of Miserable Self-Deceived Non-Self Nihilists
Americas’ Spiritually Dead, Deep State and Ruling Class Nihilists Walking Dead Parasitic Idolaters
Doctrines of Demons and the Modern Pagan and Pantheist Antithesis The West's Greatest Threat
Gnosis: The Main Expression of Paganized Christianity in the New Age Inner Knowing, Self-Salvation
Our Age of Malicious Perversion How Truth, Meaning, and Reality Have Been Perverted
The Serpent’s Gnostic Luciferian Elite Oligarchy and Global Powers Demonic Darkness Over the West and America
The Creation Model Versus Modern Pagan Models
2 Corinthians 10:5
What Kind of God Do You Believe In?
2 Cor. 10:5 Destroying 'Scientific' Arguments for False Gods
Evil Spirits, Death of God, Satanic Inversion Pagan America’s Reality of Madness, Demonic Bondage, and Non-Self
Judgment and Wrath The Biblical Explanation for Madness and Evil
The Worldview of Evil Spirits Revolution, Evolution, Materialism, Nihilism, New World Order, and More
Gnosis The Main Expression of Modern Paganized Christianity
America's Transformation Into A Mystical Pantheist God-State What the Death of God Has Wrought
Message to All Wearied Truthtellers: Let Isaiah Be Your Inspiration the Remnant
The Triune God, Supernatural Heaven, Souls, Hell, and Demons Do They Exist?
Teachings of Demons The Aeon of Horus, Reign of God-Men, and End of the Christian God
Revelation 2:7" ...the closing of a steel door – a solemn, cataclysmic slamming of a door."
Systemic Nihilism: End of the Human Race Eternal Damnation of Human Souls
Infernal Apocalyptic Atmosphere Over America Disintegration into nothing
Global and Ruling Class Criminal Elitists Their Ring of Power and Pact with the Spirit of Death and Hell
Blessed is the Man Who Does Not Listen to Falling Stars Who Follow After Damnable Heresies
Darwinism: An Abomination Aborting and Rotting the Church. The falling away and apostasy from the one true and personal Holy Triune Creator God has not ended
The Evil One and the Impenitent Who Receive His Mark“. And the LORD God formed man (and) breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
The Fall of Mankind, the Religion of Evolution, and the Antichrist. "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18
Why Secular Liberals Actively Promote Evil. Mentally Retarded Liberals
Cultural Marxism. The Many Hidden Faces of Living Active Communism
The Devil, the Big Bang, Evolution, Extraterrestrials and the Genesis Problem
The Ascension To Power Of Misogyny. Hatred of Women
Gnostic Chiliastic Evolution: Satan's Alternative Plan of Salvation. The Great Reset
Why Proclaiming Jesus Christ the Word Became Flesh is Offensive. The Technocratic Utopian World Order
The Divine Androgyne, Pandemonium, and the Battle for Our Souls. Satan's Rising New World Order
America's Modern Pagan Oligarchy, Aztec Gods, and Human Sacrifice. Isaiah 57 Revisited
The Peace Symbol: Occult Sign Meaning Death Against Christians. Hatred of Jesus Christ and Christianity
Americas’ Spiritually Desolate, Parasitic, Ruling Class Nihilists. Satan and Powers and Principalities
Global Oligarchy, Forces of Darkness, and the Spirit of Antichrist. Forces Darkness Within Church and State
Darwinism: Idol of mind symbolizing hatred of Triune Creator God. And Logical End of America
Is the World a Computer Simulation in the Minds of Robotic Overlords? Magic Science, Transhumanists, Gnostic Physicists.
Your soul: Cost of admission to the Progressive Pagan City of Man. New Egypt, Babylon, Sodom and Gomorrah
Iron Curtain Over American Minds Progressive Marxisms’ Ideological Utopia
Satan’s New World Order Blueprint and Key Strategy. Christian Capitulation To the Serpent's Consensus Process
Chaos, Breakdown, Demoralization, Destruction: America's New Normal. How it came about and where we are going.
Demonic Darkness: America's Invisible Wave of Evil. Staring into the abyss
Cain, Marxism, Leftism and America's ruling class of 'superior' humans. The dragon they have in common
Modernist Christians in a Man-Centered Universe. Scientific Neutrality and Biblical Deconstruction
The Connection Between Baphomet and Why Researchers Are Creating Interspecies Embryos. 2 Corinthians 10:5
Isaiah 57 revisited: America's progressive pagan elites. Staring into the Abyss
Evolutionary Theism Implies That Christ is Wrong About Creation. "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?" John 5:46-47
Utopianism. Progressive Utopian Cultural Marxism Poisoning Minds, Churches, Schools, Politics
Acts 17:18-19-modern pagan and pantheist antithesis of the Word of God Ecclesiates 1:9 "What has been is what will be.."
Trotsky's Permanent Revolution From Hell In America. The Soviet System in America
Why Transgenderism Is Being Forced Upon America and Our Children. The Divine Androgyne
The Evil Eye Of Envy: Why Being ‘White’ Is Offensive To Some People. No Vice Worse Than Envy
Absolute Nothingness and Non-Self: The Reigning Worldview of Global Power Elites and Western Ruling Classes
What is Evil? Man-made alternative realities
The Five Stooges on Capitol Hill They Think We Need Even More Doped No-Hopers In The American Intelligence Community
The Biden Doctrine of Demoralization and Defeat By Cliff Kincaid
A Republican Church Committee? Do Pro-American Republicans Even Know Who Frank Church Really Was?
A Top to Bottom Housecleaning of America When we clean our house, my wife has a slogan, “Top to bottom,” meaning you have to target the whole house. The same advice applies to nations.
China's Mass Murder Experiment Phase Two
Bury The Dead And Move On Fuggedaboutit!
9/11 Truth This is the real 9/11 Truth: Our “intelligence” agencies are infiltrated.
Moving Toward Gorbachev’s “World of Communism” It's called the Monster Plot.
The Errors of Russia, the Dupes of Putin, and Another Holocaust Can The Increasingly Faithless Free World Be Saved From Russia?
World War Quietly Conquering A Distracted and Blithely Unaware World. Could it actually be Satan's world war on despised humanity?
Stand With Ukraine Against Russia and China By Cliff Kincaid
Tucker Carlson Carlson Gets His Comeuppance. Tucker's View: It is not moral for us to intervene in support of any nation's (Ukraine's) democratic self-determination and against Soviet military expansion.
The Need for Secure Borders. Have we so easily forgotten what borders are for? Have we forgotten that evil exists in the world? Have we forgotten how to keep apart from this evil?
Can Ukraine Survive Putin and Biden? Can America? Can the Free World? Can Faith in God?
The Soviet Union: Back From The Dead The Return of the Evil Empire
Could an American Surrender be in the offing with Biden at the wheel? Is this not the perfect time for Communism to strike, with Commies now governing America, China and Russia? What would Biden do?
Abortion and Communism. If you ever wondered where all the popular abortion-contraception-sexuality-perversion nuttiness came from, look to Marx's Communist Manifesto.
The Secret Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. A life almost totally at odds with his reputation as a minister of the Gospel.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.—Winston Churchill
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