Thomas Jefferson advocated government protection of religious practice rather than the protection of the government from the influence of Judeo-Christian principles.
When Miguel de Cervantes wrote "Don Quixote" in 1605, he employed a turn of phrase that has become a popular modern idiom: "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." The phrase has since evolved and been shortened, perhaps so much so that its original meaning has been obscured.
Cervantes was saying that one never knows if the pudding has been prepared correctly until it is tasted. Simply put, "Don't believe everything you read."
In the debate on separation of church and state, scholars …