Getting History Right

As a nation, we are often too ill-informed on our own history.  This is really unfortunate, because we need this knowledge if we are to be a successful self-governing people.  An informed people can be in charge of its government.  An uninformed people drifts along, too easily controlled by its government or the media. A few years ago, I […]

Benedict Arnold, George Washington, and This Day in History

On this day in 1779, a court martial was convened against Benedict Arnold. This court marital was held to consider several charges, including allegations that Arnold had misused government property. Arnold was eventually cleared of most of the charges, but he was left feeling resentful and mistreated; the court martial was among the first events that would ultimately take […]

Going to Jail for Your Faith—in America?

Yesterday, a Breitbart news report confirmed the unthinkable: American soldiers could be court-martialed and sent to jail for the simple act of sharing their faith. Yes, you heard that correctly. America could take a step against religion that would surely make a dictator proud. All Americans should be horrified. If the government can squash Christianity, […]

“Separation of Church and State” celebrates its 211th birthday

Many Americans believe that the phrase “separation of church and state” originates with the United States Constitution.  It does not.  Instead, its first use in a constitutional context was in a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson 211 years ago today.  Jefferson’s letter did not reflect the views of the founding generation regarding their Constitution. […]

This Day in History: Washington, Religion, and New Jersey

Today’s Supreme Court may believe in a strict separation between church and state, but George Washington certainly did not. A letter that he wrote on this day in history is a small window into his perspective on the subject. (A more complete discussion of his views can be found in my book with Joe Smith, Under […]