Letters to the Editor

July 6, 2014

Hobby Lobby: Incomplete history

Re 'In God we trust' (Advertisement, July 4): I enjoyed the history lesson in the Fourth of July advertisement by Hobby Lobby. Here are a few quotes by our nation's founders they seem to have forgotten:

"During almost 15 centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution." - James Madison, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia (1785)

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr (1787)

"Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry." - Thomas Jefferson, A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom (1779)

-- Fred Sugar, Sacramento

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