5th April 2011

“In the storybook version most of us learned in school, the Pilgrims came to America aboard the Mayflower in search of religious freedom in 1620. The Puritans soon followed, for the same reason. Ever since these religious dissidents arrived millions from around the world have done the same, coming to an America where they found a welcome melting pot in which everyone was free to practice his or her own faith. The problem is that this tidy narrative is an American myth. The real story of religion in America's past is an often awkward, frequently embarrassing and occasionally bloody tale.”

Kenneth C. Davis

2 Responses to “5th April 2011”

  1. CaptainZero Says:

    The ‘wall of separation’ was created by Thomas Jefferson in the first amendment of the constitution, the so called ‘establishment clause’, which misguided proponents of state sponsorship of religion have been willfully misinterpreting since before the ink was dry on the document. But just in case we’re unclear what was intended, Mr. Jefferson helpfully wrote to the Danbury Baptists to reassure them that the persecution they were suffering at the hands of the Danbury Congregationalists was, after all, unconstitutional.

    The establishment clause’s intent and the contemporaneous example provided by the Baptists ought to give any theocrat in the U.S. pause. Jefferson and his co-signers were very aware that official religions do not play nice with others.

  2. CaptainZero Says:

    Unfortunately, the Supreme Court today removed a brick from that wall by upholding an Arizona law that allows tax rebates for payments to religious schools. The majority’s opinion is that the opponents lacked standing to bring suit because it’s a rebate, not a tax so clearly no tax money is being used to fund the schools. Unbelievable.