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Even though the case resulted in favor of parents whose children attended Catholic schools because the funding was not seen as a breach of separation, it introduced language of the wall of separation, with both the majority opinion, written by Justice Hugo Black, and the dissenting opinion, written by Justice Wiley Rutledge. By supporting “separation of church and state” within their opinions, Barton believes that the Justices set a precedent for interpreting future Establishment cases. The outrage concerning the wall between church and state is palpable.
Barton’s Myth of Separation lays out the reasons for why the acceptance of a Christian foundation has been lost and how strict separation between religion and politics has become a more common place view. Barton underscores the idea that phrase “separation of church and state” is not within the US Constitution, but comes from a letter that President Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1802 to Baptist ministers in Danbury, Connecticut. These Baptists were suffering from being an oppressed religious minority in the state of Connecticut that had a majority of Congregationalists.
Worships and idolizes the human mind and body,” Falwell believes this led to their downfall (Listen 26). He states: Rome fell because of its own internal rottenness. A culture without high moral standards is not a stable culture. When man feels no moral responsibility to God or to those around him, he loses regard for all man. In Rome, a breakdown of morals preceded a dictatorship that led to opposition and downfall. (Listen 26) Falwell alternates between the use of the term “humanism” and “secular humanism,” but what is clear is that he thinks that humanists act on their selfish desires are immoral, and disregard the absolute moral teachings of Christianity.