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Presidential Proclamations

The year was 1832, and a cholera epidemic was ravaging the United States.

Doctors of the day were powerless to stop the disease. As its depredations spread, some desperate members of Congress decided that only divine intervention could save the country. They proposed an official day of fasting, humiliation and prayer.

President Andrew Jackson was not impressed. Jackson announced that if Congress were to pass such a resolution, he would not sign it into law. Read more

Book Report: Yes, Politicians, We Know You Love The Bible. What Else Have You Read?

Real estate magnate Donald Trump says lots of outrageous stuff, but none of it seems to slow him down. His latest gaffe, however, ought to give some pause to his fans in the Religious Right.

Trump was asked by a reporter with Bloomberg News about his favorite book, which is allegedly the Bible. Asked to name his favorite verse from that tome, Trump stammered, “Well, I wouldn’t want to get into it because to me that’s very personal. You know, when I talk about the Bible it’s very personal.” Read more

Presidential Proclamations: The Chief Executives On Religious Liberty

It’s Presidents' Day. In honor of the holiday, I thought it would be interesting to pull together some quotes by our chief executives on church-state separation and religious freedom.

Most people know that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were great champions of church-state separation. But did you know that James K. Polk had some interesting things to say, as did U.S. Grant?

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it provides some interesting food for thought. Enjoy! Read more