Church & State

Talking Points and Basic Information

1. The Church
Alliance Defending Freedom
Growing government intrusion into the affairs of the Church is posing a serious threat to church autonomy and our most basic religious freedoms. Pastors are being censored, the proclamation of God’s Truth is being blocked, and churches are being discriminated against and threatened with punishment.

Comprehensive Research and Articles

1. Wall of Separation Between Church and State: Myth, Reality, Results
Family Policy Council
President John F. Kennedy once said, “The greatest enemy of truth is often not the lie, deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” One of the greatest deceptions ever perpetrated upon modern America has been through the myth of the “Wall of Separation between Church and State.”

2. The Mythical “Wall of Separation”: How a Misused Metaphor Changed Church-State Law, Policy, and Discourse
By Daniel Dreisbach
Heritage Institute
June 23, 2006
An examination of Jefferson’s celebrated wall, constructed two centuries ago, casts light not only on the past, but also on the future place of religion in American public life. Today, the Supreme Court’s conception of that wall stands as a defining image of the prudential and constitutional role of religion in the public arena. Serious consideration must be given to whether that wall accurately represents constitutional principles and usefully contributes to American democracy and to a civil society.

3. Church Over State: A Picture Says a Thousand Words
By Matthew Spalding, Ph. D.
Heritage Foundation
A picture-perfect understanding of the proper understanding of the separation of church and state.
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4. Church and State: Clearing Thomas Jefferson’s Good Name
By Christopher Stevens
Heritage Foundation
April 13, 2012
Today, on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, we remember the man who can list as his crowning achievement the Declaration of Independence. But with the Obamacare contraceptive mandate still fresh in our memories, perhaps it would be good to remember another aspect of Jefferson’s legacy: his staunch commitment to religious liberty.

5. The Separation of Church and State
By David Barton
January 2001
In summary, the “separation” phrase so frequently invoked today was rarely mentioned by any of the Founders; and even Jefferson’s explanation of his phrase is diametrically opposed to the manner in which courts apply it today. “Separation of church and state” currently means almost exactly the opposite of what it originally meant.

6. Intimidation Letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State
By David Barton
April 2008
Numerous militant secular groups want to see people of faith and churches silenced and kept from exercising any influence in the public sphere, even if that influence is legal and constitutionally permissible. One such group is Americans United for Separation of Church and State. It seems that each election cycle, they send out an ominous letter to pastors and churches, warning them that they can face legal problems for something as innocuous as providing a non-partisan voters guide to their parishioners.

7. Church in the U.S. Capitol
By David Barton
November 10, 2005
By David Barton
Many people are surprised to learn that the United States Capitol regularly served as a church building; a practice that began even before Congress officially moved into the building and lasted until well after the Civil War.

Websites, Books and Additional Information

1. Why You Should Be Involved – A Biblical Case for Social and Political Involvement
Family Policy Research Council
This booklet by John Eldredge provides a compelling case for Christian social and political involvement.

2. Politics According To The Bible
Wayne Grudem,  Ph.D.
A variety of perspectives exist within the Christian community when it comes to political issues and political involvement. This comprehensive and readable book presents a political philosophy from the perspective that the Gospel pertains to all of life so Christians should be involved in political issues. In brief, this is an analysis of conservative and liberal plans to do good for the nation, evaluated in light of the Bible and common sense.