Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Quote of the Day

From Darryl Hart at The Front Porch Republic:

Protestant conservatives of the Religious Right variety may be surprised to know that the strongest arguments for undressing the public square (of religious garments) came from Protestants. Whenever Roman Catholics wanted public funds or support for parochial schools, from the 1830s to the 1950s Protestants invariably responded by insisting on the separation of church and state. In other words, Protestants generally crafted the arguments that Supreme Court justices would use eventually to exclude religion from public schools. If support for parochial schooling was an illegitimate establishment of religion, how could prayer and Bible reading in public schools be construed as anything but another instance of using public funds to support a particular religion in a public institution?

1 comment:

Tom Van Dyke said...

If support for parochial schooling was an illegitimate establishment of religion, how could prayer and Bible reading in public schools be construed as anything but another instance of using public funds to support a particular religion in a public institution?

Or: The latter-day left has assumed the shameful role of intolerance and anti-pluralism of previous generations of Protestants [and "free thinkers"].