There are ten standard myths concerning the concept and practice of Separation of Church and State in the United States. They are demonstrably false, and everyone ought to know this already, but it's always a good thing to take a "refresher course" and be reminded of them.
Here, briefly, are the ten major myths about the Separation of Church and State, promoted by the Religious Right. For an extended analysis and solid rebuttal of each of these points, please go to the Americans United for Separation of Church and State website and read Myths Debunked.
- Separation of church and state isn’t found in the U.S. Constitution. Rather, it is a modern invention of the Supreme Court, a communist idea, something Nazis concocted, etc.
- The United States was founded to be a Christian nation.
- Separation of church and state was originally intended to merely bar the creation of a national church.
- Most of the Founders were evangelical Christians and supported government promulgation of that mode of faith.
- Mottos like “In God We Trust” on currency and “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance are evidence that separation of church and state was never intended.
- Thanks to separation of church and state, kids can’t pray in public schools.
- Separation of church and state fosters secularism, which drains religion of its vitality.
- Separation of church and state means that government must be hostile to religion.
- Most religious leaders don’t support separation of church and state.
- Separation of church and state stifles the public voice and presence of religion.
Here is the truth. Fight back!