Constitution Day, the First Amendment, and Karl Marx (September 25, 2013)
Even as many didn’t realize that Constitution Day was last week, many don’t realize that the increase in government suppression of our religious liberty is a result of forgetting our heritage and the history of the First Amendment.
We’ve all heard of Thomas Jefferson private letter mentioning the separation of church and state, but few have heard of the “other” letter that provided the necessary context. In that other letter Jefferson made it clear the issue was not protecting atheists from religious influences in the public square, but frustrating the intentions of the two denominations then vying to establish themselves as the national church.
Having forgotten our heritage of religious liberty, we’ve allowed religion to be forced from the public square.
It looks like Karl Marx may have been right: “A people without a heritage are easily persuaded.”
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Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary, Constitution Day, the First Amendment, and Karl Marx