American Independence and Religious Tolerance

By Glenda | July 2, 2010

On this July 4th day of celebration, I meditate on the importance of the separation of church and state, and how essential it is to our democracy, and on what it takes to achieve and maintain these freedoms:

In 1820 James Madison wrote:

“…Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect.  And it is particularly pleasing to observe in the good citizenship of such as have been most distrusted and oppressed elsewhere a happy illustration of the safety and success of this experiment of a just and benignant policy.  Equal laws, protecting equal rights, are found, as they ought to be presumed, the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country; as well as best calculated to cherish that mutual respect and good will among citizens of every religious denomination which are necessary to social harmony, and most favorable to the advancement of truth…”

John Adams wrote to his wife on July 3, 1776:

“…The Second Day of July 1776, (when the resolution that ‘these United Colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states‘) will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America—I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.  It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.  You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not.—I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.—Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory…”

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