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    spam but there are several threads on this subject and this is pertinent to all of them.

    This is what Jesus said about prayer:

    And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

    Matthew 6:5-6 New International Version

    And this is what Thomas Jefferson said about clergy in office:
    Of this General Assembly, the treasurer, attorney general, register, ministers of the gospel, officers of the regular armies of this State, or of the United States, persons receiving salaries or emoluments from any power foreign to our confederacy, those who are not resident in the county for which they are chosen delegates, or districts for which they are chosen senators, those who are not qualified as electors, persons who shall have committed treason, felony, or such other crime as would subject them to infamous punishment, or shall have been convicted by due course of law of bribery or corruption, in endeavoring to procure an election to the said assembly, shall be incapable of being members. All others, not herein elsewhere excluded, who may elect, shall be capable of being elected thereto.

    Thomas Jefferson - Proposed Constitution for Virginia. From The Online Library of Liberty: The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, page 493, #4604.

    And in schools:
    BILL FOR ESTABLISHING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

    In the 6th and 7th lines of the first section, the following words, “and not being ministers of the gospel of any denomination.”

    The note of the same section of these words, “Ministers of the Gospel are excluded to avoid jealousy from the other sects, were the public education committed to the ministers of a particular one; and with more reason than in the case of their exclusion from the legislative and executive functions.”

    Thomas Jefferson - Note to Elementary School Act, 1817. Making of America Collection pages 96 & 97.

    A million Arcosantis.

    by Villabolo on Mon May 05, 2014 at 02:55:39 PM PDT

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