Thursday, January 4

On learning that Keith Ellison, D-Minn, the United States' first Muslim Congressman, will take his oath of office on a Koran once owned by Thomas Jefferson, I am put in mind of one of the inscriptions within the rotunda of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.:

Taken from a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800 --

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.




I believe that pretty well sums it up.

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Shehzad said...

On the other hand...

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1207/p01s03-uspo.html

MWS said...

That was my point, Shez. Dickheads like Prager are exactly the people driving this nation on its sickening downward spiral.

Jefferson, I believe, would agree.