Actions vs. Opinions

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to non other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”

[Emphasis added.]

Thomas Jefferson to the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut,

January 1, 1802

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

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