Stephen King’s ignorant tweet is an example of the level of discourse we’re getting on the Hobby Lobby thing.
Those who use the term “separation of church and state” to justify governmental infringement on the religious rights of Americans are very far removed from the intention of the Founders when they adopted the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on December 15, 1791.
The term “separation of church and state” does not appear in the Constitution. It is an offshoot of the phrase, “wall of separation between church and state”, as written in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, eleven years after the First Amendment was adopted.
The Danbury Baptist Association was afraid of becoming subservient to other Christian denominations. Jefferson’s response was meant to calm their fears by referencing the First Amendment:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”
The whole POINT of the wall was to keep government out of religion, not to keep religion out of government.