"The concept of separation of church and state refers to the distance in the relationship between organized religion on the one hand and the nation state on the other. The idea was the subject of much discussion over 2000 years. The term "wall of separation" was first used in an informal letter by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to a committee of Baptists in Connecticut. Jefferson referred to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as creating a "wall of separation" between church and state. The phrase was quoted by the United States Supreme Court first in 1878."
Originally Posted by wolfstrike
The point is these "educators" in Texas want to downplay Jefferson because of his views.
The Constitution allowed slavery when it was first written and you also wouldn't be allowed to vote. I wish I could pick and choose there.
"War is cruelty,and you cannot refine it." Sherman to the leadership of Atlanta prior to burning the city.
"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
"Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise." --Thomas Jefferson to J. Madison, 1785.