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Ray Speakman doesn't understand seperation of Church and State????

Jul 25, 2012

Here is a campaign poster for Ray Speakman who is a hopeful elected official who is probably clueless that both the Arizona Constitution and U.S. Constitution forbid mixing religion and government.

His campaign poster reads

Ray Speakman
Arizona House
Faith . Family . Freedom

Here is a photo of Mr. Ray Speakman

Ray Speakman is running for the Arizona House of Representatives and he just don't get the First Amendment thing about separation of church and state

Following are my views on our government and problems facing us as a state and nation.


This land of America has always been a refuge for those who seek religious freedom. Today that freedom is being threatened on every front for all faiths. The men that established the Constitution had a strong faith in God and Christ. One of our most famous founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin said, “ I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?” (citation) Our religious freedom must be preserved. More than ever before, religious freedom is at risk. As a people, we can insist that the first amendment that secures that freedom is upheld by electing those who are dedicated to maintaining that right.

The freedoms that we take for granted every day are the result of great sacrifice from our founding fathers and other brave men and women who have fought throughout our history against the power-hungry would-be rulers. When government gets so large that individual freedoms start to be disregarded and diminished, it is time for its people to stand up and do something to change the tide. One of the most basic freedoms is to be able to worship according to the dictates of our own conscience. Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. “ The basis of who we are as a country rests upon faith in an Almighty Creator. Because of that faith, we can accept all people of all faiths and beliefs and we can allow all men that privilege to worship according to their own conscience. That freedom is being threatened.

A separation of church and state was never designed to snuff God out of our country. It was intended to have government not be controlled by a church. But, with the radical liberal swing, our country is on the cusp of criminalizing public display of faith in God. Reports of kids being expelled from school for sharing their faith with willing hearers; forbidding students from bringing their Holy Writ onto school property and men being fired because they were reading their Holy Writ at work illustrate bold attempts to shatter of the First amendment. When the basis of the constitution (faith in God) is removed, how can the constitution stand? Thomas Jefferson said, “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep forever. (Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781)

It looks like many of the voters don't care much about keeping religion and government separate. The following article says that Ray Speakman won the Republican primary election and is off to the general election.


Taylor, Speakman are winners in District 26 state House race

by Dianna M. Náñez - Aug. 28, 2012 10:30 AM

The Republic |

A Tempe school-board member and Mesa small-business have secured the Republican nomination in the Legislative District 26 state House primary, according to unofficial election results Wednesday.

Raymond Speakman - District 26, Mesa, Arizona - he just don't get the First Amendment thing about separation of church and state With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Mary Lou Taylor of Tempe and Raymond Speakman of Mesa led Jason Youn and Buckley Merrill.

Taylor and Speakman said they were grateful to supporters and said they were look forward to facing their Democrat competitors.

"It's truly a privilege to have the confidence of the people," Speakman said. "I want to represent the people...hear what they have to say and act on those requests."

Taylor and Speakman will face Andrew Sherwood and Juan Mendez, the District 26 Democrats seeking the two House seats, in the November general election.

Libertarian candidate Chris Will and Green Party candidate Haryaksha Gregor Knauer also are on the ballot.

Sherwood said he looks forward illustrating the stark ideological differences between the Democrat and Republican candidates.

"We see a clear distinction," he said. "We bring common sense and innovation to this race."

District 26, the newly formed district based on the 2010 census, lumped parts of west Mesa with most of Tempe.

District 26 state House and state Senate Democrats will continue their tradition of running as a team with the Democrat candidate seeking the Congressional District 9 seat, said Rep. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, a longtime Democrat who has served in the House and the Senate.

Ableser faces Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa, the political neophyte who unseated Russell Pearce last year in a bitterly contested state Senate recall election.

Also seeking the seat is Libertarian candidate Damian Trabel, who ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for a state House seat.

Ableser said that facing the Republican candidates as a team would help voters better understand how Democrats' policies would compare.

Republicans have "had a supermajority (in the Legislature) and had the chance to put their theory into action, and their theory has failed," he said. "They've failed in growing our economy and bring strong business that grows the middle class. It's time for new leadership."

Lewis said he has no plans to run as a team with fellow Republicans in the general election.

Lewis said he considers himself an independent thinker. He wants voters in the Democrat-leaning district to judge his competence to lead based on his qualifications, not his party's platform.

"I vote with my brain ... not party line," he said. "I listen to my constituents. I study the issues and I vote for what I think is going to be best for our state."

State Rep- D26
100.0% of Precincts Reporting
(34 of 34 Precincts)
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Ray Speakman is running for the Arizona House of Representatives and he just don't get the First Amendment thing about separation of church and state