Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Look Into History: Blaine Amendment

 The Blaine amendment was a proposed addition to the U.S. Constitution. It was first started by President Ulysses S. Grant who proclaimed that tax dollars should never go to religious institutions and schools. Grant proclaimed that church and state should remain forever separate, and that religion is a private matter only. Congressman James G. Blaine introduced the amendment in congress which would of read as follows:

"No State shall make any law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; and no money raised by taxation in any State for the support of public schools, or derived from any public fund therefor, nor any public lands devoted thereto, shall ever be under the control of any religious sect; nor shall any money so raised or lands so devoted be divided between religious sects or denominations."

The amendments were initially targeted at the rise of Catholic schools due to immigration.  The Blaine amendment failed to gain enough votes in Congress, and ended right there. However afterwards, many state constitutions adopted their own Blaine amendments.


  1. church and state separated?? haha...if they together have all the power they want...terrible mafia....

  2. Thanks by your words Adam I love your histoty posts!