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First Amendment Right

"[10] Alexander Hamilton, the author of the Federalist Papers, is quoted as saying, "...I recurred to the topic of Divine compassion; the freedom of pardon in the Redeemer Jesus to perishing sinners. 'That grace, my dear General, which brings salvation, is rich, rich."[11] In The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson states, "I am a real Christian - that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ."[12] The nation's first president, George Washington, kept a journal that was full of meditations of faith. One entry said, "Direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate Blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit...daily frame me more and more into the likeness of Thy Son Jesus Christ.[13] Even Benjamin Franklin, an avowed deist, said "As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see."[14] These and a multitude of other statements and writings, as well as accounts of government proceedings such as the First Continental Congress in which prayers are openly offered and God's wisdom sought, establish clearly that the Founding Fathers And early presidents were openly committed to Jesus Christ and the tenets of Christianity, and the nation's laws reflected Biblical principles and scriptures.

How, then, did "the separation of church and state" come about, if the Founding Fathers had intertwined the two so inextricably from the very beginning? In essence, it came from the Baptists. The concept originated from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote in response to one that he received from the Danbury Baptist Association dated October 7, 1801, in which the signers of the latter expressed concern that the Constitution was "not specific" on the subject of religion.[15] Jefferson had supported Baptists' rights in Virginia as well as advocating "clear...

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