A troubling disrespect for religious toleration

posted by
July 18, 2011
Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  
Posted in Commentary

"If there is any American principle I have taken for granted since I was a little boy, it is freedom of religion. And indeed, this is one area where the United States comes close to living up to its professed values. Most of the world has state-sanctioned religions and churches. In the United States, ever since the American Revolution and even before, the doctrines of religious liberty have animated the nation’s political ideals. Notably, Thomas Jefferson’s grave does not mention his presidency, yet it boasts the man’s involvement in securing the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom. Yet something nasty has happened in this country, particularly since 9/11, and it became worse recently." (07/17/11)



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