Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 10 years ago

Where does it say in any document that church and state should be separate?

7 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    Originally, the phrase "wall of separation between church and state" was part of Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802.

    The Supreme Court turned the spotlight on the "wall of separation" phrase in 1878 by declaring in Reynolds v United States "that it may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [first] amendment."

    The the document you are looking for is the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Reynolds v United States (1878) and in many subsequent rulings by various courts.

    Source(s): teaching college Government classes for years
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Actually sharky that is Separation of STATE AND CHURCH, people need to learn how to read a little better. The State can't take part in the affairs of the Church, the Church wasn't prohibited by that from taking part in the affairs of the State. Now though the Church CAN'T take part in the affairs of the State in that they can't endorse a candidate or they would lose their tax-exempt status. The real answer was given with the Supreme Court ruling. That was where Churches were going to start being pushed out of the State's affairs.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    The first amendment of the Constitution.

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    See that first part there about Congress making no laws having to do with endorsing or prohibiting religion? That's separation of church and state.

    EDIT: No, Goldperson, you failed to read the word "establishment." The model was European countries that had an established state religion (Church of England) and they didn't want that. So, in order to avoid allowing one church to have more influence than another, they all have to be separate from the state. That's what that means.

  • The Constitution stattes that the government shall pass no law establishing a state religion, Anything which support any religion violates that clause. By allowing religion into classrooms or law courts, or any other government endeavor, there is a de facto endorsement of that religion.

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  • blu
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    The more I read about Jefferson the more impressed I am w/ this man. He could foresee the conflict as voters were susceptible to be swayed behind a candidate whose image was intended to shine as he demonstrated his pious nature.

    It's alluded to in the Constitution but just like other words subject to interpretation.

  • Teekno
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    You can find the concept in the Constitution in both Article VI and the First Amendment.

  • 10 years ago

    I started typing a longish answer then realized that this is easier:

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