References for Religion and Government Discussion

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The above is the link to the First Amendment where the concept of separation of church and state derives.  Even though this is a non-legal discussion, it is important to realize that these are the words that give rise to the whole debate and the links immediately under the First Amendment referring to the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause are worth looking at.  It’s important to realize that what we call Separation of Church and State is completely derived from just these two clauses, which are a tiny part of the many fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, and, furthermore, that what we know as Separation of Church and State is made up of two concepts - one encompassed by the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment and the other by the Free Exercise clause.

Article in the magazine The Atlantic titled” Constitutional Myth #4:  The Constitution Doesn’t Separate Church and State"

List of major Supreme Court Cases involving the First Amendment with links

Thomas Jefferson’s letter arguing for a “Wall of Separation between Church and State”, which did lead to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment

Library of Congress link to its exhibition on Religion and the Founding of America as a Religious Refuge

Separation of church and state in the United States

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Where in the Constitution is “Separation of Church and State”?