The Constitutional Principle: Separation of Church and State
Welcome Contents What's New Search this site
Visitors since 7/15/1998
Links Guest Book Contact Us
This site is eye friendly: Use your browser's view options to increase or decrease font size

In Memoriam: Goodbye, Good Friend

Table of Contents

" . . . You can't understand a phrase such as "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" by syllogistic reasoning. Words take their meaning from social as well as textual contexts, which is why "a page of history is worth a volume of logic." New York Trust Co. v. Eisner, 256 U.S. 345, 349 (1921) (Holmes, J.). . . . "
SOURCE: Sherman v. Community Consol. Dist. 21, 980 F.2d 437, 445 (7th Cir. 1992)
What's New? (Updated May.. 19, 2012)

New (As of March 16, 2005)

Participate in a Yahoo discussion group for this very site, as well as for Church and State Issues in general.
HRSepCnS · Historical Reality SepChurch&State

Using this site

There is a lot of information on this site.
Our Search Page may be used to find exact terms you are seeking.

If you are just browsing, please be sure to look over the "What's New" page. It frequently offers more detail on an article than is included in this Table of Contents. You may want to check out the Study Guides section. The study guides track information on sub-issues of the separation debate.

Coming Soon

Want to know what we've got planned for the near future?
See our new Coming Soon section

Who? Why?

Want to know who we are and why we created this web site?
Check out our Welcome page.

Special Features

Re-publication of Tom Peters' Separation of Church and State Home Page
Links to audio recordings of Supreme Court arguments, speeches, etc.


Table of Contents

Links to Primary Documents of the United States including the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and others

Current Events

Study Guides

The Historical Evidence

The Founding Period: 1774-1791

Chaplains

An Overview from 1774 to early 1800's

The Declaration of Independence (1776)

"Founding" Documents and Religion (1776-1791)

 

State Constitutions

The sections of the state constitutions dealing with religion have been excerpted on the following pages:

The Original Thirteen States:

The Additional States

Warnings and other comments by a variety of men of the founding period and after(1780 -1833, 1992, 1999)

The Northwest Ordinance

Constitutional Convention and Ratification Period (1787-1788)

The First Federal Congress

Founders

The Post-Founding Period: 1790-1800

The Post-Founding Period: 1800 -1840

The Post-Founding Period: 1840 -1860

Post Civil War Period: 1863-1880

Post-Civil War attempts to incorporate religious language into the Constitution

The Second Wave Attempts to Amend the Constitution -- 1880 - 1910

Sixty-four religious measures introduced in Congress -- 1888 - 1910

Congress and the people 1800 to Present

  • A Memorial to Congress, January 29, 1908
  • The Post Founding Period - Tracing the Rise of Theocracy

    Historical Documents

    Issue Related Historical Data


    The Legal Heritage

    The Declaration of Independence

    Annotations of First Amendment Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States

    Case Excerpts from The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation: Annotations of Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States as prepared by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress

    Important Establishment Clause Cases decided by the U. S. Supreme Court

    Government Sponsored Prayer

    Direct Aid: Vouchers

    Creationism v. Evolution


    Evolution of the Principle

    General Discussions

    Politics of History

    Politics of the Media

    Politics of Law and the Courts-Past and Present


    Coming Soon


    Links


    Your Comments and Questions

    Contact Us

    There are three options available

  • (2) You can

    E-mail us

  • Send us email but please respect these guidelines:
  • (3) Discussion Group

    Participate in a Yahoo discussion group for this very site, as well as for Church and State Issues in general.
    HRSepCnS · Historical Reality SepChurch&State


    Please come back and visit again soon.
    We update regularly!
     

    Nedstat Counter