Lee Penn: Separation Of Church And State


What Media Won't Tell You About Separation of Church and State


“American conservatives traditionally –before the rise of the religious “New Right” in the early 1980s – favored “separation of church and state” for what it meant to the Founding Fathers: that the government would not set up one denomination as a state church, and that all would have freedom of religion. It was taken for granted that believers would be active in public affairs. The notion that “separation of church and state” requires a form of government-sponsored atheism (including the suppression of voluntary public religious observance and the removal of traditional religious symbols from public space) is a radical innovation, a destructive departure from pre-1960 American tradition.” – Lee Penn, SCP Journal.


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