Wall of Separation: Church & State in America
From BackStory With The American History Guys
“Are Christian Nativity scenes, Jewish Menorahs, or even atheistic symbols appropriate for display at public buildings? And what about other expressions of religion in the public sphere – like prayers during local government proceedings?”
In this public radio podcast (57:48), U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh explore the relationship of church and state across American history, consider the meaning of “freedom of religion,” and explore how legal decisions about the relationship of church and state have shaped how Americans understand faith and what it means to have “a religion.”
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