How times have changed. Here is a quote of Madison's, pertaining to the mixing of religion and politics. Tell me, what would leaders of the Christian Right think of a politician saying this today, were his name something other than "James Madison"? [T]he prevailing opinion in Europe, England not excepted, has been that religion could not be preserved without the support of government nor government be supported without an established religion that there must be at least an alliance of some sort between them. It remained for North America to bring the great and interesting subject to a fair, and finally a decisive test. It is true that the New England states have not discontinued establishments of religions formed under very peculiar circumstances; but they have by successive relaxations advanced toward the prevailing example; and without any evidence of disadvantage either to religion or good government. But the existing character, distinguished as it is by its religious features, and the lapse of time now more than 50 years since the legal support of religion was withdrawn sufficiently proved that it does not need the support of government and it will scarcely be contended that government has suffered by the exemption of religion from its cognizance, or its pecuniary aid. (Letter to Rev. Jasper Adams, Spring 1832). *** *** *** *** * And, yes, repairing Catholic Mission churches in California at taxpayer expense is aid. So is The House Chaplain. So are school tuition vouchers. And, if you say, "But, all faiths get the tax dollars." I will counter with: Are you all right with faiths you find repugnant, even anti-Christian, sharing in the flow from the US Treasury?