Con law August 12 Lecture 4

Con law August 12 Lecture 4 - Religion say

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Religion George Washington use to do incredibly controversial things that led to public criticism.  Every now and then he would go to a friend’s synagogue to hear what the rabbi had to  say. A newspaper would call him to step down for visiting a synagogue. The biggest controversy in religion is did you believe the pope was infallible and the  voice of god or the pope was a fraud? Thomas Jefferson was considered an edgy out there guy because he called himself a  diest, not a Christian Washington called himself a Christian but his embracing of the jewish religion as an  acceptable religion. He never said it was okay to be a jew but would go to synagogues. The framers knew what they didn’t want, not what they wanted. They didn’t want what  king Edward did. England has a specific religion, Henry the 8 th  and the pope got in a  fight. The pope had the single largest standing army in the world. They got in an  argument of how much Henry would have to pay to use his soldiers and who would be in  command. Also, Henry wanted another divorce, divorces aren’t recognized by the  Catholics. The pope said no because he wanted to undercut Henry’s ability to have a  male heir to the throne. Henry the 8 th  kept going through wives because he kept getting  daughters. So Henry decided to start the Anglican Church. The king is picked by god, it’s the official  religion of England therefore its heresy to pick the pope as the leader of the church  because he was picked by the college of Cardinals.   By the time we get to George, if you disagree with the King, it means your disagreeing  with God. The framers perspective was straight forward.  Adams said Christianity was the only path to Heaven. Jefferson would have said whatever, maybe there is more than 1 path to Heaven, etc. Maidson would have said I don’t know…
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If you mix church and state you undermine both.  There has to be a policy decision and consent of the governed  Adams is appalled that Washington would step foot in a synagogue.  Moving forward in time fo 1879 For a long time the court doesn’t even think about religion because 1. It worried about international relations 2. Relations between the branches & federal and state government Reynolds vs. Sims by 1879, the Church Of Latter Day Saints, Mormons. The premise beyond this is Joseph  Smith has visions and finds Gold Tablets. Begins a new religion. It promotes propagation  (procreation), you exercise polygamy and exercise it to increase your numbers.
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