Thursday, April 29, 2010

Letter to Chicago Tribune: Separation of church and state

Chicago Thursday PM April 29, 2010

Voice of the People, Chicago Tribune


The Tuesday, April 27 Voice of the People letter (“Church and state”) remarks on school vouchers that “this would be a support of religion that goes against the separation of church and state.”

Neither the word 'church' nor 'separation' appears anywhere in the United States Constitution.
The phrase 'wall of separation between Church and State' first appears in a January 1 1802 letter from then president Thomas Jefferson to leaders of the Danbury CT Baptist association, allaying their fears of the new Federal Government interfering with their religious practices.

This is the same Thomas Jefferson who wrote our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, which includes in its first two paragraphs the terms 'nature's God' and 'their Creator', and 'Divine Providence' in its concluding paragraph.

Arnold H Nelson

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