Not everyone in America was a fan of immigrants from Europe coming to invade the lifestyle and culture of their newly-formed confederation of states.
The existential question of identity rises to the top of the debate – a debate that is intensified by subjective individuals attempting to persuade the objectivity of their own perspective.
Would we destroy Michelangelo’s David because David was a fornicator and adulterer? Would we destroy Faneuil hall because Peter Faneuil was a notorious slave trader?
Jefferson assured the Danbury Baptists that the federal government would consider the church and state separate entities. He did not, however, offer that he would make the same separation between the state and God. Say what you will about the complicated and mutable theology of Jefferson and his Enlightened peers, but they understood that the…