Quote of the Day, Religious Freedom Edition

“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 & right. It still met with opposition; but, with some mutilations in the preamble, it was finally passed; and a singular proposition proved that it’s 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 it’s protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and infidel of every denomination.”
Thomas Jefferson

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Comments

  1. James Joyner says:

    Yeah, but what does this Jefferson guy know?

  2. I’m with James. What does some planter from Albemarle County, Virginia know that Newt Gingrich doesnt ?

  3. I fear he may not truly love America.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    This is something that the Islamophobes have to deal with…all the talk about how Saudi Arabia doesn’t allow churches to be built nor Christianity to be practiced means nothing…a totally useless comparison…since we have freedom of religion guaranteed in this country, how do these modern day crusaders plan on stopping the Islamic jihad from spreading here…

  5. Steve Plunk says:

    The Illuminati have spoken.  But wait, it seems that while the law protects religious freedom it also protects the speech of those who court public opinion against organized religion.  Which will win I wonder, the right of religion or the right of speech?
     
    Snark aside the issue of the mosque siting is more one of good taste and neighborly relations than law.  We have seen the proponents of the mosque prevail within the law but have they done more damage than good?  It seems so.

  6. An Interested Party says:

    “Which will win I wonder, the right of religion or the right of speech?”

    These two issues are not incompatible…you have the right to speak out against the building of any Islamic religious structure…just as they have the right to build it…

    “We have seen the proponents of the mosque prevail within the law but have they done more damage than good?”

    Well sure, to people like you…

  7. Michael says:

    I hear this Jefferson guy admires the French, obviously he’s not a real American.