John Adams: Freedom to Worship God: A Right and Duty

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1780

It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great creator and preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.


Source: Bill of Rights, Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, John Adams is believed to be the primary author.