Liberty Over DogmaSubmitted by Asclepius on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:37
For those who do not understand the historical significance of the separation of Church and State in the minds of the Founding Fathers,
below are excerpts from the 1958 book: In God We Trust: Religious Beliefs & Ideas of the American Founding Fathers (1958)
read for free here:
"They saw no walls separating science, philosophy, religion, and art."
"…They believed it entirely natural that a human being should seek and achieve the broadest possible personal development. Indeed, it was unnatural for a man to be shut off from anything inside him capable of growth.
"Man questioned his religion as he questioned everything else."
"Therefore, if man's natural right to his religious beliefs was to be upheld, he had to be protected not only against the authoritarian antireligious state but against religious monopoly."
"Thus, the need to guarantee the religious freedom of all was the best way of serving the spiritual needs of the individual."