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Separation of Church and StateDate:
September 23, 1998
Urban Institute For Contemporary Art
2 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Tim Van Haitsma presented the topic “Separation of Church and State”. Though the early colonists were happy to escape the religious persecution of Europe, intoleration was rampant in the colonies. With the leadership of Jefferson and Adams, the ingenious concept of separating religion and politics was promoted and adopted. The 1st amendment provided the ‘establishment clause’, assuring that religious groups cannot be funded, nor can they be given preference. Though the obvious benefit to our country has been enormous, its erosion is being attempted by the religious right.