Separation Between Church And State Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Adams, Lyman Beecher and many others.
I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of Church and State; that public moneys shall not be used for the purpose of advancing any particular creed; and therefore that the public schools shall be nonsectarian and no public moneys appropriated for sectarian schools.
Every new and successful example of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance.
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect.
The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.
What has been the effect of [religious] coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.
I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!
Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.
[Disestablishment was] the best thing that ever happened to the state of Connecticut. It cut the churches loose from dependence on state support. It threw them wholly on their own resources and on God.
The public schools shall be free from sectarian influences and, above all, free from any attitude of hostility to the adherents of any particular creed.
When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
I wish, in America, (that) we were as concerned about separation from church and sin as we are about separation between church and state. Church and sin– it’s a monstrous problem.
The government of the United States of America has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.