Sunday, February 23, 2014

Quote of the day: Thomas Jefferson on federalism and the free exercise of religion

In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the constitution independent of the powers of the general government. I have therefore undertaken, on no occasion, to prescribe the religious exercises suited to it; but have left them, as the constitution found them, under the direction and discipline of state or church authorities acknowledged by the several religious societies.
-- Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805.


Tom Van Dyke said...

I'm just listening to this exc podcast with legal scholar Matthew Franck as you posted this

All the history of the relevant court decisions of the past 50 years, and a great overview of the coming SC decision on Obamacare vs. religious freedom.

Mark DeForrest said...

Thanks, Tom. I will give it a listen once I get my desk work done this week!