to daniel m, one of my professors in law school wrote books on the subject you are talking about. I suggest you read up. I was forced to. When the founding fathers were concerned about the freedom from state religion, they were concerned that Virginia was going to establish itself as a state supporting a particular branch of christianity. I believe it baptist or a church from England. They did not want that state or any state to endorse a particular christian church but many if not most of the founding fathers were attempting to establish a nation with the ideals embodied by judeo christian religions. I know Locke and Jefferson were instrumental and that that Locke character argued both sides of the coin. But where did the concept of inalienable rights come from? Who vested people with inalienable rights and where does natural law come from, Primordial soup? Why did states have to respect these rights. Out of which traditions did the core of our nation come. Let us not deny the obvious and rewrite history.