Is it the duty of a deist to support that which he believes to be a cheat and imposition? Is it the duty of the Jew to support the religion of Jesus Christ, when he really believes that he was an imposter? Must the papist be forced to pay men for preaching down the supremacy of the pope, whom they are sure is the head of the church? Government has no more to do with the religious opinions of men than it has with the principles of mathematics.

John Leland (1754-1841) American Baptist minister, civil libertarian
The Yankee Spy (1794)

Under the pen name "Jack Nipps"
Added on 20-May-09 | Last updated 20-May-09
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