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  •  One thing that I have always assumed is that all (5+ / 0-)

    the Founders and the general population were in support of Separation of Church and State.  I never considered that there may have been many who wanted a Christian nation from the start.

    Is that so?  Was there a Christian faction trying to remove the Separation of Church and State?  I'm guessing that there was, but I don't really know that specific history at all.

    Or did Christians become more radical over time, culminating in the last 10 or 20 years, wherein fanatical Christians would happily install a theocracy.  Here, I'm thinking of the likes of the Christian Identity Movements and Christian Reconstructionism led by Gary North who is tied closely to Libertarianism and Ron Paul:  

    He served as research assistant for libertarian Republican Congressman Ron Paul in Paul's first term (1976).

    Good God, the whole lot of them makes my stomach turn.

    It's freaking scary, either way.  I'm from Massachusetts, and I would hate to have to go back to the Puritans and Salem.

    You see, the nice thing about going back to the Bible is that Beck and the rest of the crazies can point to the Curse of Ham and disregard the anti-Randian Civil Rights Act.

    They all really make me sick, especially Barton and Beck when they start spewing their nonsense which I watch from time to time to see what the goon squad is saying.

    But can anyone tell me briefly if there was significant resistance to Separation of Church & State from the beginning or if it's a relatively modern phenomenon?

    •  Interesting question (4+ / 0-)

      Hopefully a history scholar will weigh in. I would think the phenomenon wouldn't have been possible back then. So many of the founders were Deists, not specifically Christian. Many of the people in this country were within just a generation or two of experiencing government enforced religion - that's why a bunch of them came here in the first place. It wouldn't be something they'd be eager to re-create.

      "I want to apologize for that misconstrued misconstruction." Rep Joe Barton

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 10:18:08 AM PDT

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