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Fanny Trollope Disapproves Again

One of the first things that de Tocqueville noticed on his arrival in America was the extraordinarily high level of religious activity.  On interrogating American clergymen of various denominations about this phenomenon, he was surprised to find that “all attributed the peaceful domination that religion exercises in their country principally to the complete separation of […]

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History Remembered: the Jewish Pirates

Here is the story, as told to me by a very distant cousin, a Creek-Jewish family genealogist: “Four hundred years ago we had to leave Portugal. It was dangerous —the soldiers were right behind us, hunting us down. Our family owned ships, and we were all at the docks waiting to go on board, but […]

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Forgotten History: The Baptist Battle for Separation of Church and State

The year was 1784.  In the aftermath of the Revolution, as morality and public order appeared to be crumbling on all sides, the Virginia General Assembly proposed to shore them up with a new tax, designed to support the “teachers of religion.”  Any religion you want – the taxpayer got to choose. During the summer […]

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