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Thomas Jefferson on Freedom of Religion

Thomas Jefferson believed that freedom of religion is essential to living an independent life.  He espoused his personal philosophy, along those lines, in a letter he wrote to Miles King on the 26th of September, 1814:

Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to our god alone.  I enquire after no man's and trouble none with mine; nor is it given to us in this life to know whether yours or mine, our friend's or our foe's, are exactly the right.

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Media Credits

Image of letter online, courtesy Library of Congress:  The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1. General Correspondence. 1651-1827

 

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