Tea Party-Backed Candidate and Historical Revisionism

Do you know where the well-known phrase “separation of Church and State” came from? Well, according to the Tea Party candidate for Delaware’s open House seat Glen Urquhart, it was not Thomas Jefferson, but Hitler:

“Do you know, where does this phrase separation of Church and State come from? Does anybody know? … Actually, that’s exactly, it was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth… Next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State, ask them why they’re Nazis.”

The Texas Board of Education would just love to have old Urquhart sit on the board!

Not only did Jefferson use this phrase in his letter to the Danbury Baptists, he also expressed his views on John Calvin:

”I can never join Calvin in addressing his God. He was indeed an atheist, which I can never be; or rather his religion was daemonism. If ever a man worshiped a false God, he did.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Adams 1823

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