"Religious liberty is the chief cornerstone
of the American system of government, and
provisions for its security are embedded
in the written charter and interwoven
in the moral fabric of its laws.
Anything that tends to invade a right so
essential and sacred must be carefully guarded against,
and I am satisfied that my countrymen,
ever mindful of the suffering and
sacrifices necessary to obtain it,
will never consent to its impairment
for any reason or under any pretext whatsoever."
Thomas F. Bayard
(1828-1898) U.S. Senator from Delaware, U.S. Secretary of State, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Foreign Relations of the United States for 1885, pp.48-51