Theodore Roosevelt on church and state

Theodore Roosevelt. a regular churchgoer and Sunday school teacher, made the statement above in a speech at Carnegie Hall in 1915 on “Americanism” to the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization.  Click on Theodore Roosevelt on Americanism for the text of the entire speech.

When the government issued a new $20 gold coin in 1907, Theodore Roosevelt as President ordered the “In God We Trust” motto omitted on the grounds that putting such a motto on money trivialized religion.  Congress overrode his decision.  Click on When Roosevelt Dropped “In God We Trust” in 1907 for the full story.

I wonder what kind of acceptance TR would get in today’s Republican Party.

Hat tip for the graphic to Bill Elwell.

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One Response to “Theodore Roosevelt on church and state”

  1. informationforager Says:

    This was very good. I included some links to some books tht show more of what our founding fathers believed.

    Faith Of The Founding Fathers

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Faiths+of+the+Founding+Fathers+%5BHardcover%5D+

    American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Gospel-Founding-Fathers-Making/dp/0812976665/ref=pd_sim_b_5

    Thanks.

    Like

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