Diplomatic archbishop

16 September 2009

Many Americans think that the Constitution mandates a total separation of church and state: the government should have nothing to do whatsoever with any religious organization. This is a recent development, though; in the 19c, the U. S. Government had a special battalion of Mormons in the U. S. Army; it paid Quakers and Catholics and others to educate native Americans; and, in the little item I just put up today, it commissioned a Catholic archbishop as a diplomatic representative: read all about it. (Oh, and in case you’re still wondering, what the Constitution prohibits is the establishment of any religious belief; which presumably includes atheism and secular humanism.)

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