Sunday, July 4, 2010

Birth of a nation

Happy 4th of July

We should celebrate our gratitude that the United States was founded as a secular nation with freedoms ingrained in our founding documents both for and from religion. This has had a profound effect on all the citizens of the world.

1st amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Thomas Jefferson on the 1st amendment: "wall of separation between church and State."

James Madison on the 1st amendment: "Strongly guarded. . . is the separation between religion and government in the Constitution of the United States."

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