Church and State Separation

This last Monday, I was invited to speak to the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Missouri. A wonderful group; lots of questions; not many answers. I am always looking for answers.

The topic of the discussion was church/state separation, for this is Church and State Separation Week. I didn’t know that either until UCM-SSA invited me to speak.

Yes, much of the discussion revolved around my research for my book, A Christian Nation? I talked about the falsies and the myths concerning the notion of American as a Christian based government. But we also talked about the truths.

One of the arguments made by the proponents of the marriage between Church and State is the mistaken notion that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and that the Constitution is somehow a one way street, that it only prevents the government from interfering in our citizen’s personal lives; that our faith is our own and the government has no right to change that.

Yet, somehow, these are the same individuals argue that religion has a right to oversee government. This argument may not be true. In fact, there is no evidence that our Founders wanted to include sectarian oversight of secular law. 

It does appear that our Founders wanted to avoid any direct or indirect connection between Church and State, temporal and heavenly law. Most evident to this notion are 85 letters written by one advocate for a nationally recognized church and two very devout Anglicans – Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, the authors of the “Federalist Papers.”

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About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place), the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing, and the winner of the 2007 Interactive Media Award for excellence in editing.
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