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Resources and Helpful Links

FIRST AMENDMENT

The Founding Fathers' and Religion
http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=63

George Washington's Farewell Address
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/washing.asp

Thomas Jefferson's Danbury Baptist letter
http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=65

Ratifying the Constitution
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/constitution-day/ratification.html

The Declaration of Independence
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html

Constitution of the United States
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html

Bill of Rights
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html

Making of the Charters
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/charters_of_freedom_1.html

Impact of the Charters
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/charters_of_freedom_8.html

 

CHURCH & STATE'S BLOODY HISTORY IN EUROPE
(which the Founding Fathers wanted to Avoid)

German Peasant's War (1524-1525)
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11597a.htm

Battle of Kappel in Switzerland (1531) an account of the battle between Catholic and Reformed Swiss.
http://philippe.houdry.free.fr/Eprints/BatailleKappel1531_ENG.pdf

Schmalkaldic War (1546-1547) in the Holy Roman Empire
The Lutheran princes square off against Roman Catholic Emperor Charles V.
http://www.zum.de/whkmla/military/16cen/schmalkalden.html

The German, Spanish Netherlands and French Wars of Religion (1562-1598)
http://www.flowofhistory.com/units/west/13/FC87

Eighty Years' War (1568-1648) in the Low Countries
A war between Catholics and Protestants in the Netherlands.
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Eighty_Years'_War

Thirty Years War (1618-1648) affecting the Holy Roman Empire
http://www.history.com/topics/thirty-years-war

Second Hundred Year War
http://internal.hist.cam.ac.uk/course/tombs/class2/crouzet.pdf

The Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1639-1651) affecting England, Scotland and Ireland.
Scottish Reformation and Civil Wars
http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/articles/scottish_reformation/

English Reformation and Civil War
http://www.historyguide.org/earlymod/lecture7c.html

Irish Confederate Wars and the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland
http://www.historynet.com/irish-confederate-wars-oliver-cromwells-conquest-of-ireland.htm

The English Civil War- Missteps of King Charles I- ¬ ¬ ¬ 
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/charlesI.htm

The Florida Massacre (French Huguenots in 1565)
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/spanishmassacre.htm

 

RELIGION IN THE COLONIES:

Religious Mistrust:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Americas-True-History-of-Religious-Tolerance.html?c=y&page=1

Puritans
Aboard the Mayflower
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/mayflower.htm

The First Thanksgiving- 1621
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/thanksgiving.htm

Major Religious groups in the Colonies
http://nobigotry.facinghistory.org/content/religion-colonial-america-trends-regulations-and-beliefs


Established State Religions

Anglican: Virginia
http://www.history.org/almanack/life/religion/religiondfn.cfm

Maryland, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina
http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/eighteen/ekeyinfo/chureng.htm

Congregationalist: Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire
http://www.academicamerican.com/colonial/topics/puritannewengland.html
Anti-Catholic Sentiment in Colonial America
http://www.traditioninaction.org/History/B_001_Colonies.html

Religious Rights in Virginia
this link discusses how Virginia went from an Anglican colony to one that espoused freedom of religion
http://www.tjheritage.org/imagefiles/Act%20to%20Establish%20Religious%20Freedom.pdf

 

US SUPREME COURT DECISIONS:

William Rehnquist writes about Hugo Black's use of Jefferson's Wall of Separation:
http://www.belcherfoundation.org/wallace_v_jaffree_dissent.htm

Lynch v. Donnelly (1984)- can a municipality put a manger scene in the public square?
http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0465_0668_ZO.html

Tad Armstrong- wrote this column about Supreme Court decision regarding religious symbols in public space
http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/article_b883a3ea-a18e-5b6f-92a6-d9600cf78b2a.html

Hosanna Tabor case- does a church have the right to hire who it wants?
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law/jan-june12/scotus_01-11.html

Memorial Day Prayer- can the U.S. Dept. of Veteran's Affairs stop a pastor from including the name Jesus Christ in a Memorial Day prayer at Houston National Cemetery?
http://www.christianpost.com/news/judge-rules-pastor-can-say-jesus-christ-in-memorial-day-prayer-50569/

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)-
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President Matthew Harrison
comments on Supreme Court's June 28, 2012 ruling on PPACA
http://reporter.lcms.org/pages/rpage.asp?NavID=20128

Open Letter on Religious Freedom
http://www.lcms.org/Document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=1862&srcid=21313&srctid=1&erid=1466099&trid=7b8f5c37-3284-4db5-95bc-abd518c02e51


RELIGIOUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED STATES

Military
Operation Barnabas- a network of care to military members and their families- http://www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=732

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain: Rev. Jeff Williams- http://witness.lcms.org/pages/wPage.asp?ContentID=1149&IssueID=61

 

Relief Agencies

Catholic Charities of St. Louis
http://www.ccstl.org/

LCMS World Relief and Human Care
http://www.lcms.org/worldrelief/

Lutheran World Relief
http://lwr.org/site/c.dmJXKiOYJgI6G/b.6319053/k.BDBF/Home.htm

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
http://www.lirs.org

 

THE RELIGIOUS PANORAMA IN THE UNITED STATES

The 2012 Statistical Abstract from the United States Census Bureau
Population: Religion
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/population/religion.html

The Pew Forum's U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
http://religions.pewforum.org/reports/

Gallup Poll- Most and Least Religious States in America
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/most-and-least-religious-states_n_1383482.html

 

INTERSECTION OF CHURCH AND STATE EXPERTS

Dr. Daniel Dreisbach- the influence of religion in the United States- http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/interviews/daniel-dreisbach.html

William Lester Armstrong
http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000219

Tad Armstrong- ELL Clubs
https://www.law.illinois.edu/news/article/949

Article- Loss of Freedom is Never More than a Generation Away
http://stlouistoday.com/news/opinion/tad-armstrong