Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, Paragraph II
Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, Paragraph II

The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom is a statement about both freedom of conscience and the principle of separation of church and state. Written by Thomas Jefferson and passed by the Virginia General Assembly on January 16, 1786, it is the forerunner of the first amendment protections for religious freedom. Divided into three paragraphs, the statute is rooted in Jefferson’s philosophy. It could be passed in Virginia because Dissenting sects there (particularly Baptists, Presbyterians, and Methodists) had petitioned strongly during the preceding decade for religious liberty, including the separation of church and state.Jefferson had argued in the Declaration of Independence that “the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle [man]….” The first paragraph of the religious statute proclaims one of those entitlements, freedom of thought. To Jefferson, “Nature’s God,” who is undeniably visible in the workings of the universe, gives man the freedom to choose his religious beliefs. This is the divinity whom deists of the time accepted—a God who created the world and is the final judge of man, but who does not intervene in the affairs of man. This God who gives man the freedom to believe or not to believe is also the God of the Christian sects.

The second paragraph is the act itself, which states that no person can be compelled to attend any church or support it with his taxes. It says that an individual is free to worship as he pleases with no discrimination.

II. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.

Now, while anyone has a right to practice any religion they wish to practice, they do NOT have a right to force others to follow their religion. They do NOT have a right to make laws based upon their religious ideology. They do NOT have a right to demand that everyone follows their religious practices, or ideology, or continue to lie about how our nation was founded on Christianity, or lie about how all the “Founding Fathers” were Christians. Their own words prove they were not Christians, they were Deists, except for John Jay,  that they despised Christianity, that they insulted and denigrated it, and truly wanted a separation of church and state.

It is time to take a stand against the Christo-Fascists, who seek to take us back to the Dark Ages by attempting to force us to live by their religious bullshit. They seek to deny other citizens of the United States, the same rights they enjoy under our Constitution and Bill of Rights. They seek to deny women their right to what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. They seek to deny women even the basic rights of control over their own bodies. They want to go back to the days where women were at the mercy of men. They seek to deny rights to gays and lesbians, cherry picking which bible verses they demand the rest of the United States should follow, while ignoring a lot of other bible verses that would condemn them.

The hypocrisy and tactics of these Christo-Fascists, taking for instance Kim Davis, who is three times divorced, four times married, and would be deemed an adulteress and whore in her bible and it is commanded by the bible, that she should be put to death for her adulteries, but proclaims how evil same sex marriage is. She states she has been saved and therefor is no longer under the sin of adultery, but each and every time she lays with her fourth husband? She commits adultery again. Yet, the Reich-Wing ChristoFascists have chosen her as just one of the many they support, because she speaks the same self-righteous, cherry-picking, bible thumping language these ChristoFascists speak.

Again, it is high time, we truly stand up to these ChristoFascists who seek to take over our country and install their psychotic, bigoted, jack-booted Nazi like religion upon us all.

Part of this blog posting information comes from the following link Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom


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