Separation of Church and State: Jefferson, Lincoln, and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Show It Was Never Intended to Separate Religion from Politics

31 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2018

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Samuel Wolfe Calhoun

Washington and Lee University - School of Law

Date Written: August 15, 2018

Abstract

This Essay argues that it’s perfectly fine for religious citizens to openly bring their faith-based values to public policy disputes. Part II demonstrates that the Founders, exemplified by Thomas Jefferson, never intended to separate religion from politics. Part III, focusing upon Abraham Lincoln’s opposition to slavery, shows that religion and politics have been continuously intermixed ever since the Founding. Part IV, emphasizing the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., argues that no other reasons justify barring faith-based arguments from the public square.

Keywords: Separation of Church and State, Law and Religion, Law and Politics, Public Policy, Faith-Based Policy, First Amendment, Establishment Clause, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr.

JEL Classification: K10, K30, Z12, Z18

Suggested Citation

Calhoun, Samuel Wolfe, Separation of Church and State: Jefferson, Lincoln, and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Show It Was Never Intended to Separate Religion from Politics (August 15, 2018). 74 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 459, Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2018-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3232176

Samuel Wolfe Calhoun (Contact Author)

Washington and Lee University - School of Law ( email )

Lexington, VA 24450
United States

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