Sunday Funday, Church And State

Religion is one of those subjects that just has such a rich vein of information to mine for trivia questions. Usually people think of asking questions about the various religions themselves. But today let’s see if you can answer some questions about questions about the relationship of church and state.

I stumbled across these questions on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s website. It is a different view of religion in America.  Good luck!

1. The U.S. Constitution says that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, based on the sovereign authority of God

a) in the First Amendment
b) in Section VI
c) in the Preamble
d) nowhere

2. How many times does the word “God” appear in the U.S. Constitution?

a) 0
b) 1
c) 3
b) 6

3. The US Constitution guarantees religious liberty for

a) Christians
b) all religions
c) atheists & agnostics
d) all of the above

4. Where did the separation of church and state originate?

a) France
b) Soviet Union
c) United States of America
d) Nazi Germany

5. The phrase “wall of separation between church and state” originated with

a) the Soviet constitution
b) a dissenting opinion by former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter
c) a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson
d) a speech by President Ulysses S. Grant

6. The Puritans escaped religious persecution and, in their own colony, allowed religious freedom for

a) everyone
b) all Christians
c) Puritans only
d) Puritans and Anglicans

7.”. . . the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; . . .”  Where does this phrase appear?

a) The U.S. Communist party platform
b) A speech by Abraham Lincoln
c) American Jewish Congress
d) U.S. treaty signed by President Adams

8. By an Act of Congress, U.S. currency has carried the motto “In God We Trust” since

a) the very beginning
b) 1862
c) 1914
d) 1957

9. Who made the following statement?  “Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith . . . We need believing people.”

a) Pat Robertson
b) Abraham Lincoln
c) Adolf Hitler
d) Rev. Jerry Falwell

10. The Pledge of Allegiance, first published in 1892, has included the words “under God” since

a) 1892
b) 1914
c) 1942
d) 1954

I am guessing I do not need to give answers because you are all quite literate in what separation of Church and State means! What’s that? You’re going to call the Supreme Court this weekend and let the judges know, so you want to make sure ?

Ok, here you go:

1) d) nowhere

2) a) 0

3) d) all of the above, yep even the atheists

4) c) The USA!

5) c) a letter from Thomas Jefferson (happy birthday, Mr. Jefferson las Friday)

6) c) Puritans only

7) d) Treaty signed by John Adams

8) d) 1957

9) c) Adolph Hitler

10) d) 1954 (in response to communism)


More questions and the answers here

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