Learn from Tim Schmig about the multiple references to God in the Jefferson Memorial:
Below the frieze on the dome
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man
The Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men. We … solemnly publish and declare, that these colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states … And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence,
we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
Almighty God hath created the mind free … All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens … are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion … No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion. I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively.
God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than these people are to be free. Establish the law for educating the common people. This it is the business of the state to effect and on a general plan.
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