It is often stated that there is a "wall of separation between church and state" in this country. The problem is that this phrase does not appear in the U.S. Constitution, despite many claiming that it does. The First Amendment is a limitation on Congress, not on any and all interaction between religion and politics. In Chapter 11 of Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths, Gary discusses this misunderstanding, as well as where the concept of a wall of separation actually originated.
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