Another faulty precedent from our blacked robed high priests (This is just one one of many poorly supported precedents used to force atheism into the position of a national religion)
It was not until 1947 that SCOTUS suddenly changed the interpretation of the first amendment and the meaning of “separation of church and state”. Here is a quote from that 1947 decision using the claim of Jefferson as being the main contributor to the constitution and first amendment, as precedent for their ruling;
“This Court has previously recognized that the provisions of the First Amendment, in the drafting and adoption of which … Jefferson played such (a) leading role.” Everson v. Bd. of Educ. 330 U.S. 1, 13 (194
But Jefferson was in Paris when it was written;
“I was in Europe when the Constitution was planned and never saw it till after it was established.” (1)
A simple fact unknown or ignored by many of today’s writers is that Jefferson did not participate in framing the Constitution. He was not even in America when it was framed; so how could he be considered a primary influence on it? And he was likewise out of the country when the First Amendment was written. As he openly acknowledged:
“On receiving it [the Constitution while in France], I wrote strongly to Mr. Madison, urging the want of provision for the freedom of religion, freedom of the press, trial by jury, habeas corpus, the substitution of militia for a standing army, and an express reservation to the States of all rights” (1)
Thomas Jefferson, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew A. Lipscomb, editor (Washington, DC: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), Vol. X, 325, to Dr. Joseph Priestly on June 19, 1802.
Barton, David. The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson (Kindle Locations 6498-6500). WND Books. Kindle Edition.