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Quote 829 details Share on Google+ - Quote 829 Linked In Share Button - Quote 829 Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.

Benjamin Rush: To John Armstrong, March 19, 1783

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The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.

Benjamin Rush: On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic 1806
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Such is my veneration for every religion that reveals the attributes of the Deity, or a future state of rewards and punishments, that I had rather see the opinions of Confucius or Mahomed inculcated upon our youth than see them grow up wholly devoid of a system of religious principles.

Benjamin Rush: Of the Mode of Education Proper in the Republic - 1806

Quote 7 details Share on Google+ - Quote 7 Linked In Share Button - Quote 7 No man to be an Assemblyman unless he believes in God. Is Irreligion then the flourishing growth of Pennsylvania and is Atheism a weed that thrives there? Sure this insinuates as much.

William Hooper: letter to Samuel Johnston, September 26, 1776

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Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people.

Samuel Chase: Supreme Court of Maryland, "Runkel v. Winemiller", 4 H & McH. 276, 288, 1799

Quote 1071 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1071 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1071 There—for your entertainment & amusement, will pass before you in Review the rise and fall of succeding Empires, from the birth of time to the present period—there you will at leisure Review the various Stages, and shifting scenes of the last glorious Revolution, in which you, Sir, with your compatriot Army, have reaped the Laurels of the well-fought Field, and returned triumphant with the plaudit of a gazing World. there, you will enjoy the pleasing satisfaction of viewing, as the fruit of your services in those "anxious days and nights" spent in conflicting War, an Empire rising with unrivalled dignity—And there—not confined to the present sphere, your contemplations will expand, and look forward to the brighter scenes of Eternity, and anticipate that future glory which the "pure and benign light of Revelation" most perfective of human Virtue, has taught you so firmly to realize—and there—will you, greatly perfect in those virtues which "were the characteristic of the divine author of our blessed Religion, & in humble imitation of whom," you will ripen for that seat of immortal felicity, to which, when satisfied with life, may you be raptured by an Escort of Guardian Angels. I have the honor to be with all imaginable respect

Lyman Hall: letter to George Washington, 15 August 1783

Quote 1088 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1088 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1088 I have often viewed, with infinite satisfaction, the prodigious growth and power of the British Empire; and have pleased myself with the hopes that in a century or two the British Colonies would overspread this immense territory added to the Crown of Britain, carrying with them the religion of Protestants, and the laws, customs, manners, and language of the country from whence they sprung; while England placed at the head of the Empire superintended the whole, and by the wisdom of her councils prevented the jarring interests of the several inferior states, united their strength for the general good, and guarded them from the attacks of foreign powers.

Charles Thomson: letter to Benjamin Franklin, November 26, 1769

Quote 1117 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1117 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1117 But it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can surely stand.

Quote 1119 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1119 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1119 Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burdens ... are a departure of the plan of the Holy Author of our religion.

Thomas Jefferson: Inscription on the northwest quadrant of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., selected by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission.
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Quote 1122 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1122 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1122 those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system. I could, therefore, safely say, consistently with all my then and present information, that I believed they would never make discoveries in contradiction to these general principles. In favor of these general principles, in philosophy, religion, and government, I could fill sheets of quotations from Frederic of Prussia, from Hume, Gibbon, Bolingbroke, Rousseau, and Voltaire, as well as Newton and Locke; not to mention thousands of divines and philosophers of inferior fame.

John Adams: letter to Thomas Jefferson June 28, 1813

Quote 1169 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1169 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1169 Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.

Quote 1174 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1174 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1174 My Observations upon the misery which a single legislature has produced in Pennsylvania, have only served to encrease my Abhorance of that Species of Government. I could as soon embrace the most absurd dogmas in the most Absurd of all the pagan religions, as prostitute my Understanding by approving of our State constitution—It is below a democracy. It is mobocracy—if you will allow me to coin a word.

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While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.

George Washington: General Orders, May 2, 1778

Quote 1198 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1198 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1198 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; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.

George Mason: Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776) Article 16.
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Quote 1200 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1200 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1200 My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

Thomas Paine: The Rights of Man, Part 2 (1792)
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Quote 1254 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1254 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1254 I think it proper here not only to subscribe to the entire belief of the great and leading doctrines of the Christian religion, such as the Being of God, the universal defection and depravity of human nature, the divinity of the person and the completeness of the redemption purchased by the blessed Savior, the necessity of the operations of the Divine Spirit, of Divine Faith, accompanied with an habitual virtuous life, and the universality of the divine Providence, but also . . . that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; that the way of life held up in the Christian system is calculated for the most complete happiness that can be enjoyed in this mortal state; that all occasions of vice and immorality is injurious either immediately or consequentially, even in this life; that as Almighty God hath not been pleased in the Holy Scriptures to prescribe any precise mode in which He is to be publicly worshiped, all contention about it generally arises from want of knowledge or want of virtue.

Quote 1294 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1294 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1294 The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves in all cases to which they think themselves competent (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved), or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.

Thomas Jefferson: to John Cartwright, 1824

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I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

Thomas Jefferson: to William Hamilton, April 22, 1800
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