School of Communications
faculty member Mark Fox has begun to work as a regular columnist
for the Saturday Religion pages of the Burlington Times-News. In
one of his columns, headlined "Battle for the Soul of America
Fox defends the presence of religion in the American political process.
there is a fear of violating the 'separation of church and state.'
The founding fathers who wrote the Constitution had no such inhibition
because they saw no such separation. Their desire was to protect
the church from the state, not the other way around!
would recoil in horror at today's movement to separate Christian
principles from American education or public policy. In fact, in
a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1813, John Adams wrote: 'The general
principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the only
principles in which that beautiful assembly of gentlemen could unite.
And what were these general principles? I answer the general principles
of Christianity, in which all these sects were united ... those
general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable
as the existence and attributes of God; those principles of liberty
are as unalterable as human nature.'"