The American Catholic Historical Researches, Volume 3

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M.I.J. Griffin, 1887 - Catholics
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Page 31 - Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...
Page 32 - I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little POLITICAL direction. "To this consideration we ought to ascribe the absence of any regulation respecting religion from the MAGNA CHARTA of our country. To the guidance of the ministers of the Gospel this important object is, perhaps, more properly committed.
Page 31 - Among these we never considered the want of a religious test, that grand engine of persecution in every tyrant's hand. But we should not have been alone in rejoicing to have seen some explicit acknowledgment* of ' the only true God and Jesus Christ whom he hath sent ' inserted somewhere in the Magna Charta of our country.
Page 32 - The right of conscience shall be held inviolable; and neither the legislative, executive nor judicial powers of the United States shall have authority to alter, abrogate or infringe any part of the constitution of the several States, which provide for the preservation of liberty in matters of religion.

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