Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, speaking in opposition to the enactment of the New York State law legalizing same-sex marriage.
"But what proved most controversial … were changes to the teaching of the founding era of American history. Thomas Aquinas was added to a list of thinkers who inspired the American Revolution; Thomas Jefferson (who once wrote about a “wall of separation between Church & State”) was removed. The United States, called, in the old curriculum, a “democratic society,” was now to be referred to as a “constitutional republic.” Biblical law was to be studied as an intellectual influence on the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. Kids in Texas, who used to study Locke, Hobbes, and Montesquieu as thinkers whose ideas informed the nation’s founding, would now dispense with Hobbes, in favor of Moses."
Jill Lepore, profiling the contemporary conservative "Tea Party" movement.
Jill Lepore, Whites of Their Eyes : The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.), 13.
Conservatives, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution, Part I
Conservatives, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution, Part II