Madison On Church And State And Santorum Pisses Off The Dutch

Posted by Phil Ferguson on February 27th, 2012 – 1 Comment – Posted in Church and State, politics

Post by Darrel

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Well who gives a shit what Sanatorium thinks?

We know Jefferson understood the separation to be a “wall,” as he specifically said, but let’s ask Madison:

MARCH 2, 1819
“The civil Government, though bereft of everything like an associated hierarchy, possesses the requisite stability, and performs its functions with complete success, whilst the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the TOTAL SEPARATION of the church from the State.”
–Source: Letter to Robert Walsh from James Madison. March 2, 1819.

Also:
“Every new and successful example, therefore, of a PERFECT SEPARATION between the ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance; and I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together . . .”
–Letter to Edward Livingston from James Madison, July 10, 1822.

Also:
“STRONGLY GUARDED as is the separation between religion and Gov’t in the Constitution of the United States the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents’ already furnished in their short history…” –Source: Madison’s Detached Memoranda.

So Madison wanted “total separation,” a “perfect separation” and said this separation was “strongly guarded” in order to keep “Ecclesiastical Bodies” from “encroaching.” He was referring to the Establishment Clause. So Kennedy’s “total separation of church and state” echoes Madison’s. We see once again that Santorum doesn’t know WTF he is talking about.

For an exposition of a bunch of lies this idiot just passed along about Denmark, see this clip:

  1. Momo says:

    “Denmark”?! That’s not going to improve the Dutch’s (or Danish’s) opinion of Americans…

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