3 thoughts on “Nothing scary…

  1. 4therecord says:

    “…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”
    President Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Danbury Baptists (1802) https://www.au.org/sites/default/files/pdf_documents/JeffersonDanburyBaptists.pdf

    • p/s says:

      “The divorce between the church and the state ought to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no church property anywhere in any State or in the nation should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a church tax upon the whole community.”
      James A. Garfield, U.S. representative from Ohio (later the 20th president of the United States), Debate on 22 June 22, 1874. Congressional Record, House of Representatives, 43rd Congress, 1st Session” pg 5384 http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llcr&fileName=002/llcr002.db&recNum=5395

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