In a recent letter to the editor, the writer said the separation between church and state was plainly stated in the Constitution. The phrase "wall of separation" indicating an impassable gulf between church and state is nowhere to be found in the U.S. Constitution.
This phrase had its origin in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a group of Baptists in Danbury, Conn., who were calling him an infidel. In effect, Jefferson told them to stay in their places, saying there should be a wall of separation between church and state. I have a complete copy of this letter.
In 1879 the Supreme Court of the United States declared that no such wall existed in the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson had nothing to do with the writing of the First Amendment. He was in Paris in 1789 when it was written. The only wall that exists was invented in recent years by liberals and liberal judges who want to legislate from the bench.