Friday, May 29, 2009

Thomas Jefferson's Words of Wisdom

"Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself. She is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate." --Jefferson

Jefferson says these truly remarkable words in the preamble to the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom and they remain true to this day. Reading this statute, I am reminded what a truly remarkable leap of faith our founding fathers took when they separated church and state. After all, most of them were devout Christians and no doubt many were worried that people would stop going to church. They were brave and had a vision of a country that did not seek to cut windows into men's souls. They realized that the government should not have the power to mandate someone's religion. And, as we see from the above words, they had great faith that the truth would out, regardless of the government's stance on the matter.

These words are still true today. Maybe we should think about them a little more before we get stirred up about religion in politics.

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