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There is simply no historic foundation
for the position that the Framers intended
to build the 'wall of separation' that was
constitutionalized in Everson. The 'wall
of separation between church and state'
is a metaphor based on bad history,
a metaphor which has proved useless
as a guide to judging. It should be frankly
and explicitly abandoned.
- Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, William Rehnquist
In 1796 the US Supreme Court issued
this ruling, "By our form of government,
the Christian religion is the established
religion, and all sects and denominations
of Christians are placed on equal footing."
Some 57 years later, after Congress was
petitioned to separate Christian principles
from government, in 1853 the House Judiciary
Committee issued their formal report, including
these words: "In this age there is no substitute
for Christianity. This was the religion of the
founders of the republic, and they expected
it to be the religion of their dependents. The
great vital, conservative elements in our system
is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines
and divine truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ."
- Dr. Gerald Beavan