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A Texas activist argued for 30 years against separation of church and state. Now his ideas are in the conservative mainstream.

Antipathy toward the separation of church and state, a notion deeply rooted in American jurisprudence, appears to be a retread of a disputed argument popularized primarily by controversial activist David Barton.

David Barton, left, of WallBuilders talks with a delegate as he poses for photos at a Texas Eagle Forum reception at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2012.

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