Originally Posted by Theophilus
If you read the background and actual letter in which Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists where he coined the phrase "separation of church and state" you'll see this is true and that it is actually a call for freedom from a state religion.
The chief problem with the historical reading of the so-called separation of church and state is not the 1st amendment; it is the 14th, which wasn't a part of the original document.
A muslim who sees the 10 commandments on the walls of a courthouse argues with some logic that such a display of one
religion's dogma is tantamount
to state endorsement of a single religion.
I think there's a lot of reductio ad absurdem
in those kinds of arguments, but it's not about the 1st amendment: It's about the 14th. Fourteenth has turned out to be one of the most sticky ones.