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What Do You Know About The Separation of State and Church?

November 23, 2009

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a quiz to test your understanding of religion and politics in American history. I got 19 out of 21. How’d you do?

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  1. speedwell permalink
    November 23, 2009 1:41 pm

    Wow, that was hard. 19 out of 21 also, but I would have got 20 if I had actually READ one of the other two questions properly.

  2. Eric Juve permalink
    November 23, 2009 2:06 pm

    Sadly only 16 out of 21

  3. November 23, 2009 2:20 pm

    Which ones threw you? I didn’t know one of the groups that challenged prayer in school and the one American colony that actually allowed religious freedom. That was fascinating, I’d like to learn more about that.

  4. kittywhumpus permalink
    November 23, 2009 2:35 pm

    I missed the “Lemon” question and did not notice the “Act of Congress” phrase on the currency question.
    “The Godless Constitution” book provided a lot of my knowledge.

  5. Gray Gaffer permalink
    November 23, 2009 3:01 pm

    16. But, I got all the Constitutional and legal questions, just missed some of the who said what history bits. Since I also missed US history schooling, being an expat Brit, I can live with that. e.g. I see no real difference between Jerry Fallwell and Pat Robertson.

  6. Sigmund permalink
    November 23, 2009 3:07 pm

    I got 18 and I’m not even American.

  7. rrp permalink
    November 23, 2009 3:43 pm

    17 out of 21, fluffed some history sad to say.

  8. wrpd permalink
    November 23, 2009 4:11 pm

    21 out of 21!!!!! I need to find a day job.

  9. Elf Eye permalink
    November 23, 2009 4:21 pm

    19 out of 21. I missed the answers to the questions about prayers at football games and school prayer in Wisconsin.

  10. November 23, 2009 4:28 pm

    I got 17 out of 21. I blew it on the questions as follows:
    Separation of church and state, I said France, survey said U.S. Ah well.
    The “In God We Trust” I confused with the pledge. Ooops.
    The 1890 Bible reading – I said Lutheran, but it was Catholics
    And I wasn’t up on the 2000 ruling about football prayers. Ah well.

  11. Sweetwater Tom permalink
    November 23, 2009 4:34 pm

    Sadly, 17, and that was with some lucky guesses!

  12. Pierce R. Butler permalink
    November 23, 2009 6:43 pm

    19/21, but I wanna argue with somebody about one of my alleged “wrongs“!!1!

  13. Rod permalink
    November 23, 2009 6:50 pm

    17/21, and I’m Canadian. I learned a lot from following these blogs.

  14. Zaxro permalink
    November 23, 2009 8:45 pm

    19 out of 21 for me. I got the settlement allowing religious freedom wrong (I said Virginia because of Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, I guess they said early settlements and the statute was not put into law until 1779), and I guessed Falwell for the one about secular schools.

  15. Lincoln permalink
    November 23, 2009 8:54 pm

    I also got 18/21, but my excuse is that I’m not an American 😉

  16. natural cynic permalink
    November 23, 2009 8:57 pm

    Missed the Catholic prayer complaint and when Xmas was made a federal holiday.
    Just think like a fundangelical wingnut and pick a different answer.

  17. bad Jim permalink
    November 24, 2009 12:56 am

    18. Forgot the Lemon fork has three prongs.

  18. Ashley Moore permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:21 am

    17/20. I overestimated the early colonies religious tolerance.
    My excuse is that I’m an Australian living in Netherlands!

  19. Sjö permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:36 am

    15. Not bad for a Swede, though, and I guess much of it comes from reading blogs like this one. I didn’t know which settlements had religious freedom and I missed some of the who said what/who challenged what questions (although i guessed that a lawsuit by an atheist/agnostic would probably fail).

  20. Rob Jase permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:42 am

    Another 19 out of 21.
    Bet believers score lower than non-believers,

  21. cicely permalink
    November 24, 2009 12:08 pm

    Another 19 of 21; I missed the Catholic objection to the Protestant Bible readings, and I can’t tell the difference between Pat Robertson and Adolf Hitler.

  22. Physicalist permalink
    November 25, 2009 10:29 am

    I call foul on claiming that Unitarians weren’t Christians — and I’d need convincing for the Deists too.

    (Although some Unitarians of that time considered themselves “Christians,” they rejected the Trinity and other doctrines that most Christians today consider essential.)

    Yeah, but they didn’t reject the divinity of Jesus. Did any of them reject the label “Christian”?

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