Hands Off God, Again – Part 6

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP

In matters of Religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the constitution independant 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 & discipline of the state or church authorities acknoleged by the several religious societies.

Source: Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805


Patrick Lee’s Explanation

Strict constructionist leaders take the Constitution at its word.

This single paragraph in its entirety sums up Thomas Jefferson’s views on the national government’s role in religion:

  1. The Constitution set religion apart as independent of the federal government.
  2. Accordingly, he authorized no national days of prayer, fasting or thanksgiving.
  3. Religious observances were left to state or church authorities.

The word “again” appears in this headline, referencing a 2013 post with the same subject and title.


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Self-Educated American, ‘Thomas Jefferson Editor,’ Patrick Lee is a professional speaker, actor and writer. Since 1990, he has inspired, entertained and educated audiences from Maine to Hawaii with his authentic, first person leadership presentations as President Thomas Jefferson, Frontiersman Daniel Boone, and Lewis & Clark Co-Leader William Clark. He also appears as himself, The Hopeful Humorist™, with a program of motivational humor, patriotism and inspiration.

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