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Old 01-25-2013, 01:37 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis View Post
You do realize only one of the two is actually written in the Constitution.
Of course, but I was responding to 'intent.'

My point was that one is loosely interpreted, whereas the other is by the book.

Jefferson's metaphor of a wall of separation has been cited repeatedly by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Reynolds v. United States (1879) the Court wrote that Jefferson's comments "may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [First] Amendment." In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), Justice Hugo Black wrote: "In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state."[2]
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