Vine & Fig Tree's
A History of Christian Government
Separationists will occasionally (and desperately) assert that even before the Constituiton was ratified, the colonies had already recognized the importance of secular government, and had removed prayer and the Bible from public schools, abolished religious oaths, and in numerous other ways took America out from "under God." Only with the rise of right-wing extremist anti-communism in the 1950's were these things re-introduced into secular American society.
This is a truly desperate line of argument. It depends totally upon ignorance to be persuasive; the less informed the hearer is of American history, the more likely they are to believe this separationist sophism.
Here are some resources written by secularists and separationists (or appearing in secular sources such as law reviews and court opinions) which admit that during the first century of constitutional history
These facts will show that the "separation of church and state" (that is, the idea that all official public acts of the government must be secular, "neutral" or non-Christian) is a myth imposed in recent years through unconstitutional means.
CARL ZOLLMAN, "Religious Liberty in the American Law," Michigan Law Review, vol 17, nos. 5 & 6, pp. 355-377 and 456-478 (1919).
B. H. HARTOGENSIS, "Denial of Equal Rights to Religious Minorities and Non-Believers in The United States," Yale Law Journal, vol 39, pp. 659-681 (1930).
STUART BANNER, "When Christianity was Part of the Common Law," Law and History Review, vol. 16, no.1, pp. 27-62, Spring 1998.
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