Fox writes religion
columns for Times-News


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 Rages On," Fox defends the presence of religion in the American political process. He writes:

"Today 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!

"They 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.'"



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