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In the 200+ year history of this country, every few years there is an attack on the separation of Church and State in the United States.  These attacks have been more or less consistent for the last 50 years.  These attacks come mostly from those who seek political gain from the lack of historical knowledge by current citizenry of the actual beliefs of our “Founding Fathers”.
 

One of those “Founding Fathers” – James Madison – was the fourth President of the United States, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, and he is widely considered to be the “Father of the Bill of Rights”.
 

In 1785, while Madison was serving in the Virginia House of Delegates, there was an attempt to pass a bill providing public support for teachers of religious education.  Madison’s “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments” was his response.  It serves today as a reminder that the Fathers of our country REALLY did believe in the separation of Church and State and did NOT support public funding of Christian (or any other religious) education.

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