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This new book is very timely for one of the most frequently debated issues in America: the separation of church and state. Where did this phrase originate? Was it always meant to prohibit expressions of religious faith in public settings as many claim today? Learn the answers to these questions and discover the Founding Fathers own words and intents in this book! With all ...more
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Published May 1st 2007 by Wallbuilder Press
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Kimmie
Do your research! I am thankful I collect books because I won't have to depend on today's Internet for my history.
Erin
I liked its emphasis on the importance of religion as it pertains to education. A very well written pamphlet...it's not exactly a book.
J.D. White
A great, short little book about the history of the complete misconception and twisting of the phrase 'separation of church and state' which originated from a short letter from Thomas Jefferson. (and, in context of the whole letter, Jefferson was actually stressing that the government has NO RIGHT OR AUTHORITY TO PROHIBIT ANY FORM OF RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION IN ANY PUBLIC SPHERE - except where it breaks decent moral and/or civil law, i.e. human sacrifice, child abuse, etc... - and thus he was statin ...more
Jack Hansen
This important issue of separation of Church and State has become a hot topic and battleground for Atheists vs Christians. David Barton explains why the meaning has been turned upside down so that the few decide for the many in a miscarriage of justice.
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I'm guessing this extends on the subject from what he gave in the Godly Heritage video. Especially considering recent current events (ever increasing) I would love to read this one.
Ed
A good essay. Would have loved for him to have expounded more on the subject. Also felt the need for him to address counter arguments.
Joe N.
A good short read. really it's a pamphlet not a book but it's straight to the point in twenty pages.
David Willmore
The establishment clause was to protect religion from the government, not the other way around.
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Very easily read. Logical and factual, but Mr. Barton was preaching to the chior.
Nisa
History is addicting. I love reading the words of our founding fathers!
Suzanne
Explains the origin and real meaning of this phrase
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I want this in the Kindle Edition.
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“Yet, if the phrase “separation of church and state” appears in no official founding document, then what is the source of that phrase? And how did it become so closely associated with the First Amendment? On October 7, 1801, the Danbury Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut, sent a letter to President Thomas Jefferson expressing their concern that protection for religion had been written into the laws and constitutions. Believing strongly that freedom of religion was an inalienable right given by God, the fact that it appeared in civil documents suggested that the government viewed it as a government-granted rather than a God-granted right. Apprehensive that the government might someday wrongly believe that it did have the power to regulate public religious activities, the Danbury Baptists communicated their anxiety to President Jefferson.36 On January 1, 1802, Jefferson responded to their letter. He understood their concerns and agreed with them that man accounted only to God and not to government for his faith and religious practice. Jefferson emphasized to the Danbury Baptists that none of man’s natural (i.e., inalienable) rights – including the right to exercise one’s faith publicly – would ever place him in a situation where the government would interfere with his religious expressions.37 He assured them that because of the wall of separation, they need not fear government interference with religious expressions: Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, . . . 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 and State.38 In his letter, Jefferson made clear that the “wall of separation” was erected not to limit public religious expressions but rather to provide security against governmental interference with those expressions, whether private or public.” 1 likes
“When the First Amendment was finally approved, it contained two separate clauses on religion, each with an independent scope of action. The first clause (called the Establishment Clause) prohibited the federal government from establishing a single national denomination; the second clause (called the Free Exercise Clause) prohibited the federal government from interfering with the people’s public religious expressions and acknowledgments.” 0 likes
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