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Separation of church and state: a term heard more often in the United States these last 30 years than in the 200 years before them, and it's usually people with more Marxist proclivities who are the ones talking about it.
On this week's episode of Mic'd Up, Christine Niles talks to Tara Ross, the author of This Day in History on Facebook and co-author of Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State. They discuss the history of separation of church and state, a concept that many are led to believe was an idea dear to the nation's Founding Fathers.
It is, in fact, completely the opposite. The term appears nowhere in the Declaration of Independence nor in the Bill of Rights. It's a term mentioned once by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1801.
Ross tells Church Militant that Jefferson almost immediately regretted the statement after the Danbury Baptists published his letter and a public outcry ensued after which Jefferson assured the public it was not his intention to separate Christianity from politics.
Years later, in 1879 and 1987, the U.S. Supreme court used Jefferson's phrase to construe that which the founding father did not intend.
Since then, it's been used as an excuse to attack the enactment of laws based on Christian moral principles, and cultural Marxists eliminated prayer from schools in 1962 with the Bible being banished only a year later.
But when prayer had been banished from the centers of learning, barely 10 years later in 1973 the United States abandoned Christian morality by legalizing the murder of the unborn in abortion.
Those same Marxists, in their effort to purge society of Catholicism, have been pushing to use the law to crush religious freedom, the opposite of what Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers actually intended.
To learn more about the story of the separation of church and state, watch Mic'd Up—Separation of Church and State.