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Separation of Church & State: What the Founders Meant Paperback – May 8, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: WallBuilder Press; 1st edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932225412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932225419
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage. David is author of numerous best-selling works and a national award-winning historian who brings a fresh perspective to history.

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David Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage. David is author of numerous best-selling works and a national award-winning historian who brings a fresh perspective to history.

Customer Reviews

It takes only a few minutes to read this little 20 page book.
jmc
Very interesting information, most of which I have already read in greater detail in other books.
Jason Rasmussen
This book references the original letter that Jefferson wrote about church and state.
Kevin Sweeney

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118 of 166 people found the following review helpful By HermanHusband on September 20, 2010
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*** Please read note FIRST at the bottom of this review ***

I am a big fan of David Barton's work. I think it is obvious for anyone who has read American history honestly (and is not on the ACLU's payroll) that Barton is correct about God's central role in America's founding, and foundation. However (and maybe I am not seeing something correctly) but, Separation of Church & State p.6 has three quotes that Mr. Barton uses that do not seem to match the official "Journal of the Senate" records from the same date referenced in his book for September 3, 1789.

Example #1: Mr. Barton's quote: "Congress shall not make any law establishing any religious denomination." The Journal of the Senate's first version of the amendment states that Congress should not support any "one religious sect or society in preference to others."

Example #2 Mr. Barton's quote: "Congress shall make no law establishing any particular denomination." The Journal of the Senate states" Congress shall not make any law infringing the rights conscience, or establishing any religious sect or society."

It doesn't change his very valid points, but it is very important to me (especially considering what's at stake) that original sources are quoted accurately. If I am wrong in my amateur research please show me I will immediately apologize and change this post. I have included the link to The Journal of the Senate date in question. [...]

*** PLEASE NOTE *** after two years someone was able to show that Mr. Barton was indeed correct in using the quotes he did in this book. Barton's research WAS NOT "off" as I first asserted. I am sorry that I made this mistake, it was an honest one.
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I recently hosted 33 individuals into my home last Sunday afternoon, July 20, 2014. I gave a verbal presentation of what that great 'Historian', Dave Barton's research had given to us in his pamphlet, "Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Meant" and the copies of letters that the signers of our Constitution had written to each other. Dave Barton makes it very clear that in 1947, the Supreme Court used only eight words of the letter that President Thomas Jefferson had written to the Danbury Baptists of Connecticut. The Supreme Court said that Jefferson gave the Supreme Court the authority to have the State (the Supreme Court) prohibit the Church (or individuals) from expressing their Biblical beliefs in the Schools, Courthouse or National Parks --
Their statement was exactly the opposite of what Jefferson had said in his full letter. Jefferson had said that our First Amendment gave Churches and individuals the Freedom of Expression of Religion and that the State (the Government) would NEVER prohibit
that Freedom of Expression because the Constitution has created a SEPARATION of Church and State. Always before 1947, the Supreme Court had printed the full letter from Jefferson to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptists so one could easily ascertain what Jefferson had meant when he said, Churches and individuals had the FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

On that date, July 20, 2014, 33 individuals signed up to purchase this very pamphlet so that they could memorize and tell their friends and neighbors what our great historian, Dave Barton had researched and found to be TRUE.

All of us must understand the deception of the Supreme Court in the year of 1947.
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By passionrose on December 20, 2014
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Learn what separation of church and state really means.
Its not what we have been taught.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By caroljoysullivan on November 25, 2014
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David Barton is a real Christian Patreiot who simply provides the original intent of founding fathers to ENSURE our religious freedoms which are in jepardy of being lost. He covers the origin of the lies concerning the debate over "separation" of church and state. Rise up America and LEARN about your religious freedoms before they are taken from us forever.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail E. Baglioni on November 17, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It was short and easy to read! Today with everything being discussed and decisions being made its good to refresh yourself on what you were taught in school. Every household need this bookin their home. Great little book! If you have school children this book would be helpful with homework. Internet not always the best choice! Texas
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Botello on March 7, 2013
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This is an easy book to understand. Dave Barton does a good job presenting evidence that supports the idea that the Founders did not intent that the Federal government should be antagonistic or in outright opposition to religion. Rather, our Federal government should be supportive and neutral when it interacts with it. However, is any interaction with religion or its representatives, it appears (based on the evidence presented) that although the Federal government should not and must not establish a National church, it does have an obligation to ensure that it is encouraged and not hindered in any way.
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55 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Along Red River of the North on May 17, 2012
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When looking for a good book on the history of religion in early America, the hope is that if we better understand the nature of our religious heritage, and its impact on the development of the United States, it will help us make more informed decisions on contemporary issues, and the ever-debatable line between church and state that affect each of our lives.

But if you choose to read this book, abandon all hope! David Barton is a "shill," not a historian. He does not cite his sources accurately, he takes quotes (and misquotes) out of their context, he "cherry-picks" only the evidence that supports his point of view (without acknowledging conflicting information) and draws unsubstantiated conclusions or makes false assertions.

This is not a history book, and Barton is not a historian. As alternatives, here are six (6) excellent history books on the vast and complex subject of religion in early America: 1) The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America by Frank Lambert; 2) The Faiths of the Founding Fathers by David Holmes; 3) So Help Me God by Forrest Church; 4) Founding Faith by Steven Waldman; 5) The Search for Christian America by Mark Noll, Nathan Hatch and George Marsden; and 6) Was America Founded as a Christian Nation by John Fea.
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