Monday, May 21, 2012

Church And State In America Roger Williams, and the history that set the table.

Roger Williams (National Park Service)
Roger Williams (National Park Service)
Soul freedom sounds like a pop song, but it was hot philosophy 400 years ago, in the pre-dawn of the American republic. Today, we struggle over church and state in marriage, reproduction, education. We cite Thomas Jefferson and separation of church and state.
But long before Jefferson there was Roger Williams, fighting for Soul Libertie. Warning that when church and state entwine, it is the soul that suffers. The church that should be wary. In our time of Romney, Santorum and Obama, this history resonates.
This hour, On Point: Roger Williams and the creation of the American soul.
-Tom Ashbrook

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