Thursday, March 22, 2007

James Madison Was A Witch. He Must Be Burned

Ye States of America, which retain in your Constitutions or Codes, any aberration from the sacred principle of religious liberty, by giving to Caesar what belongs to God, or joining together what God has put asunder, hasten to revise & purify your systems, and make the example of your Country as pure & compleat, in what relates to the freedom of the mind and its allegiance to its maker, as in what belongs to the legitimate objects of political & civil institutions.

Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion & Govt in the Constitution of the United States the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history. (See the cases in which negatives were put by J. M. on two bills passd by Congs and his signature withheld from another. See also attempt in Kentucky for example, where it was proposed to exempt Houses of Worship from taxes.

That was James Madison demanding that the separation of church and state be kept absolute. He was highly offended by the notion of churches even receiving tax breaks, which of course is the rule now. Next time you hear a fundamentalist screaming about the founding fathers all being James Dobson clones, here is a little James Madison you can show them.