The current judicial exercise in ensuring a hard separation between religion and the federal or state governments has a fairly short history. It really dates to the last century when Justice Hugo Black resurrected a comment that Thomas Jefferson had made in reply to a letter from the Danbury Baptist Association. The Connecticut group had written to congratulate him upon his election to the Presidency in 1804. His use of the phrase â€œa wall of separationâ€ is its first occurrence in text in this land, and in its context it was used as part of his explanation as to why he had chosen not to call for a national day of fasting and thanksgiving as his two predecessors had done upon election. Justice Blackâ€™s appropriation of the remark was much more insidious.
I was going to write a follow up to the previous articles I have written concerning the latest beta release of the BibleReader for iPhone by OliveTree Software. OliveTree has added Greek and Hebrew texts, which is really exciting for those who can read that sort of thing. 😉 But Rick at This Lamp did a great job, even including screenshots, of the new beta release. So rather than offer a rehash, I will direct you to read what he has to say there: