Religious Freedom: A Shield, Not A Sword

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    We have a monument in our nation’s capital declaring hostility to the schemes of the clergy.

    “The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes, & they [the clergy] believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: & enough too in their opinion, & this is the cause of their printing lying pamphlets against me…”

    ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800