From discussions of the “War on Christmas” to presidential candidates running on the grounds of being a “good Christian,” America’s take on the separation of Church and State seems far from solidified. So, how has Americans’ interpretation and adaptation of the First Amendment changed throughout history?
On this episode of BackStory, we look at the history of the separation of church and state. From Congress’ attempts to block the first Mormon Senator in the 1890s to the federal government’s cracking down of conscientious objectors throughout the 20th century, the History Guys explore how the hazy line that separates church and state in America has been drawn…and redrawn.
Help us shape the show! Do you think that church and state are truly separated in America today? Have we gone too far or not far enough? How do you feel about public prayer and the fact that “Under God” is in the pledge of allegiance? Let us know!