Against Separation of Church and State

Bobby Keith has a great article arguing against the separation of church and state. Here’s an excerpt:

The phrase “separation of church and state” was used by Jefferson in a letter that he wrote to the Baptists of Danbury, CT in 1802. This group of Baptists, a minority in the state, were being persecuted because they did not conform to the views of the Congregationalists, who were not only the religious majority in the state, but also held the elective offices in the state. The Baptists were afraid that their freedom to worship God in their own way was endangered.

In Jefferson’s response, he writes, “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign 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 & State.”

Read the whole article to see how he makes his case.


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