Authors
Samuel W. Calhoun
Separation of Church and State: Jefferson
Lincoln
and the Reverend Martin Luther King
Jr.
Show It Was Never Intended To Separate Religion From Politics
74 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 459 (2018)

Published
August 17, 2018

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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.