Separation Between Church And State Quotes by James K. Polk, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, James A. Garfield, Matthew Hale, Thomas Paine and many others.
Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between church and state.
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.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
The divorce between church and state should be absolute.
The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.
Christianity is part of the Common Law of England.
Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.
Here we now have the freedom of all religions, and I hope that never again will we have a repetition of religious bigotry, as we have had in certain periods of our own history. There is no room for that kind of foolishness here.
[The Drafters of the Constitution] were intent on avoiding more than 100 years of religious intolerance and persecution in American colonial history and an even longer heritage of church-state problems in Europe.
What has been the effect of [religious] coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.
A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that god prefers some
I could not do otherwise without transcending the limits prescribed by the Constitution for the President and without feeling that I might in some degree disturb the security which religion nowadays enjoys in this country in its complete separation from the political concerns of the General Government.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.
The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our FoundersвЂ™ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs.
News, by and large, has been the purest of all the television mediums, or at least we’ve tried to keep it that way, and there constantly is the argument about the separation between church and state.
A man of abilities and character, of any sect whatever, may be admitted to any office of public trust under the United States.