Difference between revisions of "Separation of church and state"
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A "myth" perpetrated by "revisionist historians" that there should be no official national religion in the United States. Seeing the results of centuries of religious strife in then-officially Christian Europe, the Founders chose to prohibit the state from endorsing any particular faith. The Establishment Clause of the Constitution [insert link] has been interpreted in this manner, notably by Thomas Jefferson (who coined the phrase "Wall of separation between Church and State" in his Letter to the Danbury Baptists [insert reference]).
Many Conservapedia readers, however, believe that this prohibits the state from endorsing any particular sect of Christianity, while claiming that the Founding Fathers of course required the United States to be a Christian country, founded by and for Christians. The statement in the Treaty of Tripoli, drafted during Washington's presidency and ratified by John Adams, states that "The United States is in no sense founded on Christianity," [possibly misquoted; insert reference] is often ignored by right-minded Christians who claim to know the Truth. Likewise, the evidence that the reference to the Creator in the Declaration of Independence [insert link] may equally refer to the Deist [insert link] God rather than the Christian God is often ignored.