Friday, December 26, 2014

Was Christianity More Important to the Founding Of America Than You Think?

The Library of Law and Liberty has an important quote from Mark David Hall’s book Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic. What does Roger Sherman's ideas have to do with today's America?

Such concerns might be only of academic interest except that the views of the American founders carry significant weight in contemporary political and legal discourse… .Yet … justices have tended to be selective in the founders to whom they appeal. When United States Supreme Court justices have used history to interpret the First Amendment’s religion clauses, they have made 112 distinct references to Jefferson but have only mentioned Sherman three times. This is particularly striking because Sherman helped draft the First Amendment whereas Jefferson was in France at the time!”
The thorn in Barack Obama's side: Roger Sherman.