February 27, 2005

Jefferson's View of Church and State

In his Notes on Virginia, Thomas Jefferson wrote,
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Jefferson was determined to keep religion out of both government and public education. Why? He recognized that this was the only way to protect religious minorities, including those with no religion at all, from the majority religion.

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