Writing for the Washington Monthly, Stephen Waldman notes that 18th-century evangelicals sought out, and benefited greatly from, the separation of church and state at a time when they were a small minority surviving at the mercy of mainline Christian denominations. Without the separation, mainliners and theists could have wielded federal and state power against evangelicals.

Now that “conservative” evangelicals have gained disproportionate influence over American faith and politics, however, many of them want to abolish the very principles that preserved their religious freedom — and which now happen to preserve the religious freedom of mainline Christians and other faiths.

Hat tip: Talk to Action

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