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A reply to a right-wing musician

Posted by That Other Mike on 10/09/2011

So SouthernConservativeMusician posted the following here:

WIll someone please tell me which page, or Amendment, or even a paragraph of the COnstitution the term “Separation of Church and State” is on?

I made a comment to it which I’m posting here because it might not make it through moderation, and also because I think it’s a good summary of the issues, even if I do say so myself!

This isn’t quite the gotcha question you seem to think.

The phrase “fair trial” appears nowhere in the Constitution or Bill of Rights; will you therefore assume that nobody is entitled to a fair trial? Of course not – the right to a fair trial is a reasonable description of the rights embodied in the 5th, 6th and 7th Amendments.

Similarly, while the phrase “Separation of Church and State” does not appear in the Constitution or Bill of Rights, in light of the facts that religious tests for office are prohibited and that Congress is prohibited from making laws pertaining specifically to religion, it is a reasonable interpretation.

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