When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.

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October 17, 2008


ARL’s latest book is The Lord Was Not on Trial: The Inside Story of the Supreme Court’s Precedent-Setting McCollum Ruling, by Dannel McCollum.

245 pages / paperback / $18.00 / September 2008

"One of the striking differences between public schools in the United States and most European countries is that here children’s religious education is left in the hands of parents and religious communities--not the public schools. The 1948 McCollum decision was a major step towards helping to ensure that public schools are not in the business of deciding which religious beliefs should be favored in public schools."
           —T. Jeremy Gunn
           Director, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief

"Separation of church and state, one of the most important contributions of the United States to political theory and practice, has proven its value as the indispensable guarantor of freedom of religion, conscience, and thought. Dan McCollum’s book tells the inside story of the Supreme Court’s first ruling to find unconstitutional a practice involving religion and public education."
           — Edd Doerr
           President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Dannel McCollum is the former three-term mayor of Champaign, Illinois and a former U.S. Army reserve officer. His books include Your Life and Mine; Problems and Projects in Conservation; A Guide to the Big Vermilion River System; and Essays on the Historical Geography of Champaign County, Illinois.

The author is available for interviews. Please call Edd Doerr at 301-260-2988 or email to arlinc@verizon.net

Order from Americans for Religious Liberty, PO Box 6656, Silver Spring, MD 20916. Please add $2.00 for shipping/handling.


Americans for Religious Liberty - P.O.Box 6656 - Silver Spring, MD 20916
Telephone: 301-260-2988 - Fax: 301-260-2989 - Email: arlinc@verizon.net