Church And State Quotes

Church And State Quotes by Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Elihu Root, Eric Williams, Benjamin Franklin, James Russell Lowell and many others.

Those who live by mystery & charlatanerie, fearing you

Those who live by mystery & charlatanerie, fearing you would render them useless by simplifying the Christian philosophy – the most sublime and benevolent, but most perverted system that ever shone on man – endeavored to crush your well-earned & well-deserved fame.
Thomas Jefferson
Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can exist apart from religious principle.
George Washington
It is not a question of religion, or of creed, or of party; it is a question of declaring and maintaining the great American principle of eternal separation between Church and State.
Elihu Root
For me, it’s church and state, not church in state, and I really feel there are some churches in central Ohio crossing that line.
Eric Williams
When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.
Benjamin Franklin
Where Church and State are habitually associated, it is natural that minds, even of a high order, should unconsciously come to regard religion as only a subtler mode of police.
James Russell Lowell
Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between Church and State, and that in my action as President of the United States I recognized no distinction of creeds in my appointments office.
James K. Polk
I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of Church and State; that public moneys shall not be used for the purpose of advancing any particular creed; and therefore that the public schools shall be nonsectarian and no public moneys appropriated for sectarian schools.
Theodore Roosevelt
There is no relationship here between Church and State. Religious liberty has its unalterable place, along with civil and human liberty, in the very foundation of the Republic. I hold it [religious intolerance] to be a menace to the very liberties which we boast and cherish.
Warren G. Harding
Because we hold it for ‘a fundamental and undeniable truth’, that religion or ‘the duty which we owe to our Creator’ and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.
James Madison
I do not believe any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.
Thomas A. Edison
The disconnection of Church and State was a master stroke for freedom and harmony.
Josiah Warren
US is a very religious country. Separation of church and state is part of our credo, but that it is hard to understand since our money says “In God we trust” and every President says “God bless America”.
Madeleine Albright
Let us with Caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.
George Washington
The liberal understanding of ‘the separation of church and state’ means that as the area of politics expands, the area of private freedom – religious and otherwise – shrinks.
Joseph Sobran
The contemporary quarrel over church and state is not really about whether a wall of separation of church and state should exist or not… The real question is what does ‘separation’ mean?
James Davison Hunter
No union exists between church and state, and perfect freedom of opinion is guaranteed to all sects and creeds.
James K. Polk