Originally Posted by markfh
Just curious. Could one of the learned ones here please direct me to the paragraph in the Constitution or Bill of Rights where it says there is a "separation of church and state".
It is not explicitly stated in that manner, but is implied in the First Amendment. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." . Essentially that means the same thing.
It was not always thus, and in fact we went thru several periods during the early colonial days of permitting/rescinding freedom of religion.