Jefferson Signature
"ALL MEN SHALL BE FREE . . . IN MATTERS OF RELIGION"
THOMAS JEFFERSON
". . .no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of Religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities . . ."
— Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
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The Great Uniter
July 30, 2014
In his excellent book, Endowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America, Professor Michael Meyerson asserts that the founding fathers had the option of using religion to divide people or unite them, and that they generally chose the latter. George Washington was especially scrupulous in his efforts at inclusion.
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