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June 20, 1785
« on: June 21, 2013, 09:11:55 AM »
On that date James Madison published Memorial and Remonstrance
Against Religious Assessments
.  It was a great argument against public funding of religious schools and a clear expression of the intention that not only was religion to be protected from government, but vice versa as well. 

On of my favorite parts:
7. Because experience witnesseth that eccelsiastical establishments, instead of maintaining the purity and efficacy of Religion, have had a contrary operation. During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution. Enquire of the Teachers of Christianity for the ages in which it appeared in its greatest lustre; those of every sect, point to the ages prior to its incorporation with Civil policy. Propose a restoration of this primitive State in which its Teachers depended on the voluntary rewards of their flocks, many of them predict its downfall. On which Side ought their testimony to have greatest weight, when for or when against their interest?

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Re: June 20, 1785
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2013, 09:26:19 AM »
It's clear he was a socialist Muslim. ;)
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Re: June 20, 1785
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013, 09:28:24 AM »
Thank Darwin for people with intelligence and foresight. Thanks for the links screwtape. Good stuff.
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Re: June 20, 1785
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2013, 09:36:29 PM »

I only have a filter for people who do not consistently beg to be belittled, ridiculed, insulted, and demeaned.