Resources on Secular Government

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Historical Documents

  • US Constitution: The United States Constitution does not establish a Christian nation. The purpose of the government, as stated in the Preamble, is "to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, stating that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

  • Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom by Thomas Jefferson, written in 1785 and passed in 1786.
  • Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments, James Madison's denunciation of a proposal for state funding of Christian teachers as "a dangerous abuse of power."
  • Letter to the Danbury Baptists, Thomas Jefferson's famous 1802 letter claiming that the First Amendment "build[s] a wall of separation between Church and State."
  • On the Separation of Church and State, John F. Kennedy's famous 1960 speech on the separation of church and state.

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