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Distorted history on church, state

The big lie of evangelical activists. Recent quote: “Any unbiased view of history shows the founders were friendly to religion.” Whose history book is this from? Pat Robertson’s.

In reality, George Washington said, “The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” Thomas Jefferson said, “I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, disciplines or exercises.” Henry Clay: “All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty.” Abraham Lincoln: “The United States government must not undertake to run churches. When an individual in a church, or out of it, becomes dangerous to public interest, he must be checked.” Ulysses S. Grant concurred: “Leave the matter of religion to the family, the altar, the church and private schools, supported by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separated.”

All these people were actively against church/state chumminess. So why is it that Pat Robertson, evangelicals, Tom DeLay, President Bush (government funded faith-based programs) keep trying to distort American history?



Ron Lowe

Nevada City


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