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Wall of Separation (2007)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  1 June 2007 (USA)
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The history of the issue of the separation of church and state in America.

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This is a historical look at the issue of the separation of church and state in America, beginning with the founding of the country, examining the creation and intent of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, looking at the precedent-setting 1947 Supreme Court decision and the resulting court decisions and cultural responses, up to current issues. Written by Jack Hafer

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Excellent Documentary on the Historical Development of "The Wall of Separation"
28 November 2008 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Contrary to the previous opinion, the program was well done and much needed. The premise of the documentary is that the "Wall of Separation" that has been touted so often by those seeking to limit religion is a fairly recent re-interpretation of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Using original source documents and quotations, the program does an admirable job of demonstrating the original intent of the authors of the Constitution.

Those who hold the view that the Constitution is "a living, breathing document" that is constantly changing due to the day you live in do themselves a dis-service by failing to at least acknowledge the historical framework in which the Amendmend was written. This is best seen when two of the people interviewed who hold that opinion make absolute statements that the founding fathers would "never" agree with faith-based initiatives, yet the program points out that these same people initiated the paid chaplain system in Congress, and voted to purchase and distribute Bibles throughout the nation.

Regardless of the position one holds concerning the interpretation and application of the Constitution, the historical perspective presented concerning the original intent and subsequent historical developments on re-interpretation are well presented and worth viewing.


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