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  •  Relevant quote from the Rev. John Leland who (2+ / 0-)
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    was a Baptist minister who was a main supporter of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in passing the Virginia Freedom of Religion.  At that time all religions realized that in order to preserve their freedom of religion they had to grant the same freedom to all others.

    Guard against those men who make a great noise about religion in choosing representatives, It is electioneering intrigue. If they knew the nature and worth of religion, they would not debauch it to such shameful purposes. If pure religion is the criterion to [decide upon] candidates, those who make a noise about it must be rejected: for their wrangle about it proves that they are void of it. Let honesty, talents and quick dispatch characterize the men of your choice.
    John Leland

    “The bill for establishing religious freedom, the principles of which had, to a certain degree, been enacted before, I had drawn in all the latitude of reason and right. It still met with opposition; but, with some mutilations in the preamble, it was finally passed; and a singular proposition proved that its protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word “Jesus Christ,” so that it should read, “a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mahometan, the Hindoo, and the Infidel of every denomination.

    Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Modern Library 1993 edition, pp. 45 and 46. (shout-out to //Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub)

    Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends.

    by J Edward on Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 10:01:18 AM PDT

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