The phrase “a wall of separation between church and State”, that many people belive to be part of our Constitution or law itself stems from a letter which Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Church in Connecticut. Roger Williams actually used a similar phrase previoiusly but this is the quoted text of Thomas Jefferson’s letter ;;;;
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of the government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore man to all of his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”
Lies are perpetuated by partial truths more than total untruths, and this is an example of a lie being perpetuated by having some truth in it. While Thomas Jefferson did pen the Declaration of Independence and have some to do with the US Constitution he did not put this or any similar wording into those documents of law as freedom of religion was already written into the documents. The point he fought life long to establish was to allow religion to influence government and society without mandating a particular state run religion. Thomas Jefferson actually valued the teachings of Jesus Christ so much that he carried all of his quotes from the New Testament in a special edit of the New Testament he created for ease of searching Jesus Christ’s words.
As George Washington left office of President, rejecting a kingly type of appointment he stated this ;;;;
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
I believe these contemporaries and Patriots did want prayer and the Bible in schools and government, as an influence and guiding light to knowledge, that we might be a more wise and intelligent Nation than we have become without the influence of God in education and politics.