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    I believe they did, or at least the "dissenting religions" like the Baptists did.  They were solidly for the separation of church and state in the Constitution because they had experienced persecution firsthand, first in England, then in the colonies.  They were pretty stolid and vocal proponents up through about the mid-20th century, with the rise of the Moral Majority - that would be about the time the Baptists became such a big and powerful bloc (thus proving Acton's adage once again).  The Godless Constitution is a great source on  the history of this debate.

    •  I don't think they're the same babtists. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't think those (or even their children) who experienced firsthand persecution in England & the colonies would recognize their church by the time the Moral Majority et al came to power and influence.  And even if they did remember, they sure wasted no time in persecuting others, like Catholics for example.  Not to mention the continued abuse towards atheists and smaller religions and spiritual groups.

      America, where a rising tide lifts all boats! Unless you don't have a boat...uh...then it lifts all who can swim! Er, uh...um...and if you can't swim? SHAME ON YOU!

      by Back In Blue on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 11:07:30 AM PDT

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