Thomas Jefferson and Religious Freedom
By: Rick Boxx
April 13, 2015
One of Thomas Jefferson’s proudest accomplishments was being the author of “The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.” This statute was the precursor to the “Free Exercise” clause in the Constitution’s First Amendment.
Jefferson wrote, “No man shall … suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of Religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities.”
Galatians 5:13 teaches, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh.”
We may not agree with some people’s religious beliefs, but when we limit their public or private expressions, we limit the religious freedom of all of us.
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