Misreading Jefferson on Church and State

Unless you've been living in a cave lately, you might have noticed there seems to be an ongoing onslaught against our Judeo-Christian traditions and beliefs. It's happening on virtually every front in our culture -- in schools, in the media and movies, in the public arena. Many elitists today interpret the First Amendment in such a way as to turn it into a "search and destroy mission for any sneaky vestiges of religion left in the public square," as one Christian law professor put it. That's what separation of church and state means nowadays.

Virtually all of this is done, consciously or unconsciously, in the name of Thomas Jefferson. After all, it was he who gave us the phrase "separation of church and state." But what he meant by the phrase and what the ACLU and their allies mean are two different things.

First of all, Jefferson wasn't even in the country when the founders wrote the Constitution. He was in France, serving as our ambassador. Nor was Jefferson directly involved in the crafting of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

In 1947, the Supreme Court took an obscure letter of Jefferson's, written to the Baptists of Danbury, CT, in which he quoted the First Amendment and said that it built "a wall of separation between church and state."

[Read the rest of the article at Townhall.com.]