There is no reason to believe that the founders’ approach to church-state relations can be understood by careful study of Virginia’s disestablishment.
Mark David Hall
There are excellent reasons to oppose state involvement with religion, but originalist arguments are not among them.
Seven Justices agreed that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission acted with obvious animus against Phillips’ religious convictions.
In no reasonable sense does Colorado have a compelling interest in requiring this baker to engage in speech to which he has religious objections.
Washington thought that governmental encouragement of religion was compatible with religious liberty.
one suspects that Ellsworth tends to be left out of the picture because he wanted a less strict separation between church and state than did Madison.
Mark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics at George Fox University and author of Did America Have a Christian Founding? Separating Modern Myth from Historical Truth (Nelson Books, forthcoming).