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Thomas Jefferson on the Free Exercise of Religion and the Establishment Clause

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson

I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment, or free exercise, of religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the United States. Certainly no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the general government.


Source: Thomas Jefferson letter to Rev. Samuel Miller, 23 Jan 1808. Abbreviations removed by The Moral Liberal.


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