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      The Danbury Baptists "Wall of Separation"

      Jefferson's writing of the "wall of separation" we hear about often in church-State discussions, but the letter the Danbury Baptists wrote to Jefferson is of interest also. Included in that letter is the following:

      "the legitimate power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor" and also: "we are sensible that the President of the United States is not the National Legislator and also sensible that the national government cannot destroy the laws of each State".
      http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=65

      That letter by Baptists in 1801 shows clearly that States were not slaves of Washington in 1801 and each State actually had its constitution and some States had their State religion beyond 1800. There is a good online article about State religion and the Baptist battle for religious liberty. Of course, after the North's War of Aggression on the south, the States came under the power of Washington, DC.
      http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel05.html

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      What do you say to those who state "Separation of Church and State"?

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