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"Actually, that exact phrase is not in Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists. He was reassuring them that the federal government wouldn't trample on their religion. The exact phrase 'separation of church and state' came out of Adolf Hitler's mouth. That's where it comes from. So, the next time your liberal friends talk about separation of church and state, ask them why they are Nazis." -Glen Urquhart, the Tea Party candidate and now Republican nominee for Delaware's open seat in the House of Representatives.

Oh, and he's also a f**king liar.

Here is Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists:
Mr. President

To messers Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.

Gentlemen

The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.

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 & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association assurances of my high respect & esteem.

(signed) Thomas Jefferson
Jan.1.1802.
Emphasis mine. And there you have it. Thomas Jefferson did coin the phrase and is widely credited for it.

It appears as though, yet again, a political candidate is using the Nazi-as-boogie-man scare tactic to frighten conservatives. A familiar meme, and a sad one to boot.

Head nod: Dish