"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."
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
letter to Miles King, September 26, 1814
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We hold this truth to be self evident (Atheism to Zen - god being man, mother earth, an extra human experience, etc.).
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    And peace to all. Merry Christmas one and all...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    How marvelously UU of him, bringing real clarity to the question of if the US is a "Christian nation" (i.e. that it is not, that a person's religion is of no matter to either the government or another person). Happy Generic Holidays to those who celebrate some holiday at this time of year!
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    Now if only we could get the government out of our personal lives-our medical concerns especially.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    'A" from Reston, I'm a little concerned for you, the more your atheist, collectivist, power / hate mongering, controlling, lying, cheating, stealing, criminal, statist theocracy takes over, the more angry, vacuous and inane you seem to become. Do you know if that is a side effect: of a vaccine, of some health care the government is putting in your municipal water, or just a natural result of the theocracy's implantation? Have a Merry Christmas
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Ya got to love Jefferson and you know he wrote the 4 Gospels into one account. He spoke adoringly of Jesus and his teachings but yet he speaks of freedom. I am not sure Mike really gets it.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    What's so radical about this? ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I think Reston is one of the VERY few rational responders to these quotations.
     -- Richard, Fort Worth     
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