Church and state [Letter]

March 31, 2014

Letter writer Nancy Spies believes that "religious groups now feel perfectly free to participate in all aspects of secular and civic society, effectively ignoring the separation of church and state written into the Constitution, so they should be expected to fully participate in the responsibilities too" ("Religion is no excuse to ignore ACA," March 25).

That's all well and good, except the term "separation of church and state" appears nowhere in the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to a group of Baptists a dozen years after the Constitution and Bill of Rights were ratified where he used the phrase. But it's not in the Constitution.

David Gosey, Towson

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