Getting the Framers Wrong: A Response to Professor Geoffrey Stone
Samuel Wolfe Calhoun
Washington and Lee University - School of Law
UCLA Law Review, Discourse 1, Vol. 57, p. 1, 2009
Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. No. 2010-07
Professor Geoffrey Stone’s Essay, The World of the Framers: A Christian Nation?, seeks to state “the truth about . . . what [the Framers] believed, and about what they aspired to when they created this nation.” Doing so will accomplish Professor Stone’s main objective, helping us to understand what “the Constitution allows” on a host of controversial public policy issues. Regretably, Professor Stone’s effort is unsuccessful. Although he clearly tried to be fair in his historical account, the Essay ultimately presents a misleading view of the Framers’ perspective on the proper relationship between religion and the state.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: Constitution, Public Policy issues, Framers, Religion v. State
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K40Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 6, 2010
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