Posts Tagged ‘James Madison’

Charter Schools, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

A big part of our job here at Americans United is to annoy the Religious Right. If the Religious Right’s not happy, then there’s a good chance we are.

And today, one Religious Right group in Arizona is very unhappy.

As my colleague Joe Conn wrote yesterday on “The Wall of Separation,” a federal judge in Idaho […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Pat Robertson, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

More than 200 years ago, Virginia was the most powerful state in the fledgling United States of America, spawning visionary leaders like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

How times have changed in the Old Dominion.

Instead of leaders such as Jefferson and Madison, who fought state-established religion and labored to bring full religious liberty to all, […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

Last night, Americans United celebrated a decision by a U.S. district court judge who ruled the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, AU’s executive director, hailed the decision as a “tremendous victory for religious liberty. Congress has no business telling Americans when or how to pray.”

But several Religious Right leaders […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Freedom of Religion, Resources, This Day in History

It’s Presidents’ Day. In honor of the holiday, I thought it would be interesting to pull together some quotes by our chief executives on church-state separation and religious freedom.

Most people know that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were great champions of church-state separation. But did you know that James K. Polk had some interesting things to say, […] Read More

Religion in Public Life, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Jan. 16 is Religious Freedom Day. As American holidays go, this one tends to be overlooked. It’s not even listed on my desk calendar.

That’s a shame, because Religious Freedom Day commemorates an important event: passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This landmark legislation, drafted by Thomas Jefferson and maneuvered through the Virginia legislature by James Madison, became […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research

Everyone’s favorite raging theocrat, Oklahoma House member Sally Kern, is at it again.

Numerous reports indicate that Kern and her supporters plan to publicly sign a document dubbed the “Oklahoma Citizen’s Proclamation for Morality” declaring the United States a Christian nation tomorrow at the state capitol.

I’ve read Kern’s resolution, and it’s a whole lot of crazy crammed into […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion, This Day in History

In the history of church-state separation, certain dates are special: On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was officially ratified. On Jan. 1, 1802, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury (Conn.) Baptists containing the famous “wall of separation between church and state” metaphor. The U.S. Supreme Court spoke strongly in favor of separation in Everson v. […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, This Day in History

Today is Religious Freedom Day. Why is this day important? Consider the following story: In 380 A.D., three Roman emperors of the east and west issued a joint edict on religion.

It stated in part, “We desire all people, whom the benign influence of our clemency rules, to turn to the religion which tradition from Peter to the present day […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Faith-Based Initiatives

In February of 1811, President James Madison vetoed a congressional bill incorporating an Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. Citing the First Amendment, Madison said the measure “exceeds the rightful authority to which governments are limited by the essential distinction between civil and religious functions.”

The bill indicated that the church, among other things, would be caring for the poor […] Read More

Church-State Milestones

On July 10, 1822, James Madison sent a letter to Edward Livingston about the appropriate relationship between religion and government. Writing 186 years ago today, the Father of our Constitution insisted that church-state separation has been a triumph for democracy and a boon to religious devotion.

Almost two centuries after Madison’s missive, church-state separation is under tremendous attack […] Read More

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