"Whilst we assert a freedom
to embrace, to profess, and to observe
the Religion which we believe to be of divine origin,
we cannot deny an equal freedom to choose
minds who have not yet yielded
to the evidence which has convinced us."
by:
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source:
Memorials and Remonstrances, 1785
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This is the essence of respect and tolerance. I wish fundamentalists of all faiths would embrace this sentiment.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    ... nor can we deny you your freedom to follow a path other than the one we see as the more valid one... a two way street with many many paths...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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     -- Alexander Hamilton      
    I was OK with this until after the word freedom...
     -- Anonymous     
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     -- Milous Ford, Murray, Ky.      
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    Excellent example of holding dearly to your own beliefs while respecting and protecting other, even if different, beliefs.
     -- Donald G. Cramer, Port Angeles, WA     
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    Perfect example of the basis of true Christian thought...
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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