I have sworn eternal hostility upon the altar of god.

Thomas Jefferson

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

-Excerpted from a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800.

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“Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens…are a departure from the plan of the holy Author of our religion…No man shall be compelled to frequent or support religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion. I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively.”

-Excerpted from A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, drafted in 1777.

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