How well do you understand our Constitution?

President Larry Arnn explains the separation of church and state.



February 25, 2013

Constitution Minute #3: Did America’s Founders Intend to Create a Separation Between Church and State?

STUDENT: Hello, I’m Paul, a student at Hillsdale College. Here is my professor Doctor Larry Arnn on the separation of church and state.

DR. ARNN: America’s founders believed in the separation of church and state, in that the country was not to have an official religion or an official sect, but that did not mean that government was to be hostile to religion, or even indifferent to religion, as many today argue. In fact, America’s founding document the Declaration of Independence includes both a reference to God as the author of the laws of nature and a confident assertion that human beings are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. Far from being hostile or indifferent to religion, America’s founders understood the theology of the declaration to be an essential part of the education of citizens.

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