I'm just saying that "separation of church and state" only began to be used widely in the 1950s when the Supreme Court borrowed a phrase from a letter by Thomas Jefferson. Then in the 1960s the concept of removing reference to God in all public matters was established so that now even a prayer before a football game is "unconstitutional."<br><br>"In God We Trust" first appeared on U.S. coins in 1840, not in the 1950s. Grade school primers in the 19th century regularly used Bible scriptures to teach reading. Presidents from Washington on would publicly thank God. Thanksgiving was established in the 19th century as a holiday to thank God for his many blessings. The truth has been washed from our history classes if people now believe that God in government began in the 1950s because of some conjured up "communist scare." In fact, since the collapse of the Soviet empire, documentation has been obtained showing how extensive the Soviet attempts were to infiltrate, undermine, and steal classified information from the U.S. While some may have overreacted to communism, the threat was real. Whatever you think on that, it sure wasn't the beginning of God being brought into government and public institutions. People have fought against things like the removal of the Ten Commandments from courthouses because things like that used to be acceptable in previous years, not just something that started in the 1950s.<br><br>And today, some people seem to think we're a country established under freedom from religion and not freedom of religion. <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>GBR (OFI)
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