Edwin Gaustad Quotes

Edwin Gaustad Quotes: The first phrase of the First Amendment spoke to the freedom uppermost in Jefferson's mind when it provided that, 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.' Here a double guarantee could be found: first, that government would do nothing to give official endorsement to a religion or to set one faith above another; second, that government would do nothing to inhibit the freedom of religion.
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Edwin Gaustad Quote: If history teaches us any lessons at all, it teaches us that force applied to religion creates not a purity of faith but a river of blood.
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Quotes about Edwin Gaustad: Jefferson found in the religion phrases of the First Amendment no vague or fuzzy language to be bent or shaped or twisted as suited any Supreme Court Justice or White House incumbent. That amendment had built a wall, with the ecclesiastical estate on one side and the civil estate on the other.
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