Religious Liberty: An American Experiment

Two Views of the Relationship of Church and State

In this lesson, students will explore the views of the founders concerning the relationship between Church and State. They will examine quotes from the founders regarding the relationship of Church and State, as well analyze excerpts from primary source documents concerning this relationship.

Founding Principles

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Freedom of Religion

The freedom to exercise one's own religious beliefs without interference from the government is essential to the existence of a free society.

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Inalienable / Natural Rights

Freedoms which belong to us by nature and can only be justly taken away through due process.

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Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.

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