Separation of church and state

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2002.
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In a challenge to conventional wisdom, Philip Hamburger argues that the separation of church and state has no historical foundation in the First Amendment. The detailed evidence assembled here shows that 18th-century Americans almost never invoked this principle. Although Thomas Jefferson and others retrospectively claimed that the First Amendment separated church and state, separation became part of American constitutional law only much later.
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display_description In a powerful challenge to conventional wisdom, Philip Hamburger argues that the separation of church and state has no historical foundation in the First Amendment. The detailed evidence assembled here shows that eighteenth-century Americans almost never invoked this principle. Although Thomas Jefferson and others retrospectively claimed that the First Amendment separated church and state, separation became part of American constitutional law only much later. Hamburger shows that separation became a constitutional freedom largely through fear and prejudice. Jefferson supported separation out of hostility to the Federalist clergy of New England. Nativist Protestants (ranging from nineteenth-century Know Nothings to twentieth-century members of the K.K.K.) adopted the principle of separation to restrict the role of Catholics in public life. Gradually, these Protestants were joined by theologically liberal, anti-Christian secularists, who hoped that separation would limit Christianity and all other distinct religions. Eventually, a wide range of men and women called for separation. Almost all of these Americans feared ecclesiastical authority, particularly that of the Catholic Church, and, in response to their fears, they increasingly perceived religious liberty to require a separation of church from state. American religious liberty was thus redefined and even transformed. In the process, the First Amendment was often used as an instrument of intolerance and discrimination.
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subject_facet , Church and state, Church and state -- United States, Church history, Constitutional amendments -- United States -- 1st, E?glise et E?tat -- E?tats-Unis, Electronic books, Église et État -- États-Unis, Kerk en staat, Kirche, POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Advocacy, Staat, USA, United States, United States -- Church history, United States -- Church history -- 18th century, United States -- Constitutional law -- Amendments -- 1st
title_display Separation of church and state
title_full Separation of church and state / Philip Hamburger, Separation of church and state [electronic resource] / Philip Hamburger
title_short Separation of church and state
topic_facet 1st, Amendments, Church and state, Church history, Constitutional amendments, Constitutional law, E?glise et E?tat, Église et État, Kerk en staat, Kirche, POLITICAL SCIENCE, Political Advocacy, Political Process, Staat