Monday, September 14, 2009

Another Viewpoint on Jefferson's 1st Amendment Credentials

Here is a link to a reader's response to an article in the Pensacola News Journal. The reader takes issue with the "separation of church and state" phrase being used to interpret the Constitution. He also mentions Jefferson's being removed from the process of writing the Constitution and First Amendment.

The reader points out:

While Jefferson was serving as minister to France, Congress debated the wording of the Bill of Rights. According to the Congressional Record from 1789, not once during the months of debate did the framers mention the words "separation of church and state."

I wish he had gone on to say that Jefferson DID write to the framers who were writing the Constitution. In his missives he mentioned the phrase "freedom of religion" several times, but did not use the "separation..." phrase at all.

Read the response here.

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