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Did James Madison Encourage Abandonment of Christian Religion?

On May 1, Lauren Becker, director of marketing at the Center for Inquiry, declared that “we need to lose religion to save America.”

As part of her plea, Becker makes several significant mistakes in her review of history of the supposed irreligiousness of our Founding Fathers.

Becker’s primary source of support is a proposal to the Virginia General Assembly written in June 1785 by James Madison.

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Blueprint for When States Should Nullify: Jefferson vs. Madison

When considering modern day nullification and interposition of federal laws (NSA spying, drones, gun control, healthcare, etc.), it benefits us to look at the opinions of two important founders.  Although both were advocates of state nullification, each established a slightly different standard for the appropriate time to take this action, as reflected in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798.

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Jefferson and Madison on the Role of the Federal Courts

Today, it is commonly accepted that the U.S. Supreme Court has the sole and final say as to whether or not a federal law is constitutional (after it winds through the lower federal courts).  Recently, for example, the Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional under the auspices that the individual mandate is a tax.  This commonly accepted notion is wrong.

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