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Christianity is part of the Common Law of England. Matthew Hale
No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion. Jeremy Bentham
There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person. Pope Francis I
The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth. Mikhail Bakunin
The restriction of religion to private life therefore does not necessarily threaten the vital interests of the majority religion, if there is one, and it protects minority religions from tyranny of the majority. Phillip E. Johnson
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution. Jonathan Swift
There's no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible. Sean O'Casey
It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter. William Hazlitt
I don't believe there is a separation of church and state. I think the Constitution is very clear. The only separation is that there will not be a government church. Tom DeLay
The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy. Thomas Paine
We are really living in a culturally, post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend upon no longer exist. Rod Dreher
In the name of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost..., I withdraw the government of the whole kingdom of the Germans and of Italy from Henry the King, son of Henry the Emperor. For he has risen up against thy church with unheard of arrogance. And I absolve all Christians from the bond of the oath that they have made to him or shall make. And I forbid anyone to serve him as king. Gregory VII (Saint Hildebrand)
You have decided that other clergy all know nothing and you alone know everything, and have sought to use your knowledge not to build but to destroy so that on these grounds we may believe that St. Gregory, whose name you have claimed for yourself, was prophesying when he said: "The mind of the prelate is often exalted by the abundance of his subjects". Henry IV
You have ruined politics in India by dragging up a whole lot of unwholesome elements in Indian life and giving them political prominence. It is a crime to mix up religion and politics the way you have done. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
That the late act of Parliament for establishing the Roman Catholic religion and the French laws in that extensive country, now called Canada, is dangerous in an extreme degree to the Protestant religion and to the civil rights and liberties of all America; and, therefore, as men and Protestant Christians, we are indispensably obliged to take all proper measures for our security... Continental Congress
We beseech thee, upon these our American states who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves upon thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on thee. To thee they have appealed for the righteousness of their Cause; to Thee do they look up, for that countenance & support which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under thy nurturing care: give them wisdom in council, valour in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries. Convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause. And if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, O! let the voice of thy unerring justice sounding in their hearts constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their enerved hands in the day of battle. Be thou present, O God of Wisdom and direct the counsels of this honorable Assembly. Enable them to settle things upon the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that harmony and peace may effectually be restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish amongst thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds; shower down upon them and the millions they represent such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ thy son, Our Saviour, Amen. Jacob Duche
We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the Earth, inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of the heaven. May He stimulate and illuminate our minds…. Peace, peace, peace be unto all. Rajan Zed
This is an abomination … This is not a religion that has produced great things in the world David Barton
This is an abomination…. No lord but Jesus Christ! Anonymous
The part of the system which provides, that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States, was adopted by a great majority of the convention, and without much debate; however, there were some members so unfashionable as to think, that a belief of the existence of a Deity, and of a state of future rewards and punishments would be some security for the good conduct of our rulers. Martin Luther
Have you not violated a fundamental principle of liberty in excluding the clergy from your Legislatures. I know their danger in a free government but I would rather see them excluded from civil power by custom than by law. They have property, wives & children, & of course are citizens of a community. Why therefore Should they be Abridged of any one privilege which Other citizens enjoy? Is it not a fact that by investing any men with more, or confining them to fewer privileges than members of a community enjoy in general we render those men the enemies of that community Perhaps all the Mischief which the clergy have done in all countries has arisen from the first of the above causes. Will not the clause in your Charter which excludes Clergymen from your Legislature hand down to posterity as well as hold up to the World an idea that you looked upon the Christian religion as well as its Ministers as unfriendly to good government? I wish our governments would treat religion of all kinds, & ministers of all denominations as if no such things or beings existed in the world. They mutually destroy each Other when any Attempts are made by either to support each other... Benjamin Rush
The Hon. Continental Congress having been pleased to allow a Chaplain to each Regiment, with the pay of Thirty-three Dollars and one third per month--The Colonels or commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure Chaplains accordingly; persons of good Characters and exemplary lives--To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon religious exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger--The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavor so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country.... George Washington
We hold sacred the rights of conscience, and may promise to the whole people, solemnly in our name, the free and undisturbed exercise of their religion; and, to the clergy, the full, perfect, and peaceable possession and enjoyment of all their estates; that the government of everything relating to their religion and clergy, shall be left entirely in the hands of the good people of that province, and such legislature as they shall constitute; Provided, however, that all other denominations of Christians be equally entitled to hold offices, and enjoy civil privileges, and the free exercise of their religion, and be totally exempt from the payment of any tythes or taxes for the support of any religion Continental Congress
The Arms of the United States of America having been blessed in the present Campaign with remarkable Success, Congress have Resolved to recommend that one day, Thursday the 18th December next be Set apart to be observed by all Inhabitants throughout these States for a General thanksgiving to Almighty God… Henry Laurens
We have to act against radical preachers capable of influencing the youngest and most weak-minded .... Imams and their followers who fuel anti-western feeling among impressionable young French Muslims will be rounded up and returned to their countries of origin Nicolas Sarkozy
I think the Right has made a serious mistake in adopting a moral-values strategy, because they’re winning in the short run. But in the long run, they’re going to lose this debate because they won’t be able to restrict it to two issues (abortion & gay marriage). Once you open that door to a values conversation, it’s going to undercut a right-wing economic agenda, which values wealth over work and favors the rich over the poor, or resorts to war as the first resort and not the last. Jim Wallis
God’s Politics: Why the Right gets it wrong and the Left doesn’t get it. Jim Wallis
A more Christian America is good for the Jews. Michael Medved
Religions cannot solve the economic, political and social problems of this earth. However, they can indeed provide what obviously cannot be attained by economic plans, political programs or legal regulations alone: They can effect a change in the inner orientation, the whole mentality, the "hearts," of people Hans Kung
Abide by the voice of the majority, which we are told by our Master to be the voice of truth, never to be challenged, and always to be whole-heartedly enforced. Shoghi Effendi
The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop. Junius; Philip Francis
God is the one who chooses our rulers. Katherine Harris
In the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey’s civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheikhs. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheikhs, dervishes and disciples. Kemal Ataturk
It is a disgrace for a civilized society to appeal for help to the dead. Kemal Ataturk
If we are going to save America and evangelize the world, we cannot accommodate secular philosophies that are diametrically opposed to Christian truth ... We need to pull out all the stops to recruit and train 25 million Americans to become informed pro-moral activists whose voices can be heard in the halls of Congress. Jerry Falwell
We [the clergy] have a threefold responsibility to people: get them baptized, get them saved and get them registered to vote. Jerry Falwell
I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be! Jerry Falwell
You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists …. We will annihilate the Jews. Hamas
The War on Poverty did not work because it was a war on shame … a war on the family and a war on God. Marvin Olasky
Lyndon Johnson was a terrible president. He wanted to develop a great society…a great world. Marvin Olasky
… white males, between the ages of 16 and 50, of good moral character, believers in the existence of a Supreme Being, in favor of separation of church and state, and supporters of free education through the Public School System. Junior Order United American Mechanics; JOUAM
Embryonic stem cell research is a key that will unlock the future. Gordon Smith
Seward is in league with the Pope! Anonymous
All parties to the human embryo debate have something vital to defend. Leon Kass
I have dreams about embryos. A little embryo says to me, ‘Leon, what are you going to do for me today.’ Leon Kass
… the Middle East has experienced a general ‘Islamization’ and radicalization of society ensuing from the rigid religious and often intolerant character of the civil society organizations now performing functions previously in the hands of state authorities. Omar Encarnacion
Abortion is a social evil to be avoided. Anibal Cavaco Silva
Democracy is not relevant here, it is not important. Faith is more important to us. Huda Issa
The lawsuits we are seeing today to ostracize and prevent different ideas recall previous eras. We must understand that Islam has given man freedom of thought. Islam's history proves that no one is immune to error except the Prophet. Gamal Al-Banna
I have now run up against an ugly snag, the Sunday Excise law. It is altogether too strict but I have no honorable alternative save to enforce it… to the furious rage of the saloon … keepers, and a good many other peoples too for which I am sorry. Theodore Roosevelt
I would rather see this administration turned out for enforcing laws can see a succeed for violating them. Theodore Roosevelt
George W. Bush, the man, is a person of profound faith and deep compassion for those who suffer. But President George W. Bush is a politician and is ultimately no different from any other politician, content to use religion for electoral gain more than for good works. David Kuo
Money. All these guys care about is money. They want money. How much money have we given them? George W. Bush
George W. Bush has merged church and state while trying to keep it apart in Iraq. Maureen Dowd
I believe in an America where the separation of Church and State is absolute—where no Catholic prelate would tell the President, should he be a Catholic, how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners how to vote.... I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant or Jewish ... for while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew—or a Quaker—or a Unitarian—or a Baptist. John F. Kennedy
There is an obvious and sometimes truly pathetic desire of Congressmen to be identified in the popular mind with those individuals who want more godliness in the schools and more fervor in our public piety. Robert F. Drinan
There is always a certain non-denominational piety which we expect from our President …. There are over 100 million Americans who have no religious affiliation. Robert F. Drinan
The founding Fathers had many opportunities to use Judeo Christian language, and in all cases they did not do so. Jon Meacham
Christeros Anonymous
It is human beings who are the basis for politics. A Christian person has great liberty to separate his religious faith from his political activity. The mistake committed by the Church in the Middle Ages was rectified - obviously after a struggle and violent revolutions - and political rule was entirely separated from politics. In our case (of Arab countries), ever since the struggle over who would inherit Prophet Muhammad's place, political rule was essentially based on religion. Ali Ahmed Said; Adonis
Authentic religion does not require politicians Barry W. Lynn
When the government says to you that they want to help you be more religious, you want to run away from them as fast as possible. Barry W. Lynn
No religion deserves a privileged place in American life—not even my own. Richard Cizik
No religion can be built on force. George Sand
Religion has no business to formulate social laws. Swami Vivekananda
It has always worried me that certain men of the Church have not understood that torture is never humane or Christian. Miguel Esteban Hesayne
What influence in fact have ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on reigns of Civil authority; in many cases they have seen the upholding of the throne of political tyranny: In no instance have they been seen to be the guardians of the liberty of the people. James Madison
But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State Thomas Jefferson
During almost fifteen 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. In no instance have...the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people James Madison
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
In the Islamist Palestinian state, every citizen will be required to act in accordance with the codes of Islamic religious law. Mahmoud Al-Zahar
St. Peter had no more authority than the other apostles, and was not the head over the other apostles; and that Christ left behind no head of the church, and did not appoint anyone as his vicar The emperor has the right to make and depose popes and to punish them All priests, whether pope or archbishop or simple priest, are, in accordance with the appointment of Christ, of equal authority and jurisdiction The whole church together can not punish any man with coactive punishment, without the permission of the emperor Marsilius of Padua
Two there are, august emperor, by which this world is chiefly ruled, the sacred authority of the priesthood and the royal power... In the order of religion, in matters concerning the reception and right administration of the heavenly sacraments, you ought to submit yourself rather than rule... The bishops themselves, recognizing that the imperial office was conferred on you by divine disposition, obey your laws so far as the sphere of public order is concerned. Gelasius I
The priesthood has in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. John Adams
The alliance between church and state in England, has ever made their judges accomplice in the frauds of the clergy. Thomas Jefferson
I hope to see the day when as in the early days of our country, we won’t have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over … Jerry Falwell
As a matter of history, schoolchildren can and should properly be informed of all aspects of this Nation's religious heritage. I would see no constitutional problem if schoolchildren were taught the nature of the Founding Father's religious beliefs and how these beliefs affected the attitudes of the times and the structure of our government Lewis F. Powell Jr.
I honour my God; I serve my Queen; I salute my flag Australia
Both Houses having resolved to accompany the President after he shall have taken the Oath, to St. Paul’s Chapel, to hear divine service, to be performed by the Chaplain of Congress,… United States Congress
The Mormon Church not only offends the moral sense of manhood by sanctioning polygamy, but prevents the administration of justice through ordinary instrumentalities of law. In my judgment it is the duty of Congress, while respecting to the uttermost the conscientious convictions and religious scruples of every citizen, to prohibit within its jurisdiction all criminal practices, especially of that class which destroy the family relations and endanger social order. Nor can any ecclesiastical organization be safely permitted to usurp in the smallest degree the functions and powers of the National Government. James A. Garfield
Let there arise out from among you a party inviting to all that is good; enjoying what is right and forbidding what is wrong: they are the ones to attain felicity Muhammad
For more than two centuries now, Muslims are lacking the Islamic-based governance of their public systems of life including the art of healing. Asim A. Hussein
In a pluralistic society, public schools are places for persons of all faiths and none. Schools may neither promote nor denigrate any religion. Charles C. Haynes
Knowledge about religions is not only characteristic of an educated person, but is also absolutely necessary for understanding and living in a world of diversity. National Council for the Social Studies
The [public] school’s approach to religion is academic, not devotional. • The school strives for student awareness of religions, but does not press for student acceptance of any religion. • The school sponsors study about religion, not the practice of religion. • The school may expose students to a diversity of religious views, but may not impose any particular view. • The school educates about all religions; it does not promote or denigrate religion. • The school informs students about various beliefs; it does not seek to conform students to any particular belief. Public Education Religion Studies Center at Wright State University
Students have the right to pray individually or in groups or to discuss their religious views with their peers so long as they are not disruptive. Because the Establishment Clause does not apply to purely private speech, students enjoy the right to read their Bibles or other scriptures, say grace before meals, pray before tests, and discuss religion with other willing student listeners. In the classroom, students have the right to pray quietly except when required to be actively engaged in school activities (e.g., students may not decide to pray just as a teacher calls on them). In informal settings, such as the cafeteria or in the halls, students may pray either audibly or silently, subject to the same rules of order as apply to other speech in these locations. However, the right to engage in voluntary prayer does not include, for example, the right to have a captive audience listen or to compel other students to participate. Anonymous
No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, cult, or religious denomination or of any sectarian institution Georgia
It is our responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the instruction of the church and its members. Presbyterian Church
Whether we like it or not, religion and government policy are unavoidably linked. Hugh Heclo
There are two principles by which the world is ruled: the authority of priests and the royal power. The authority of priests is the greater because God will demand an accounting of them even in regard to kings. Thomas Becket
The king of England, though in certain respects he is not as religious as we would wish, still shows himself to be more acceptable than other kings... he neither destroys nor sells the churches of God.. and he bound priests by oath to dismiss their wives. Gregory VII (Saint Hildebrand)
I represent a constituency swarming with Irish Catholics. I would rather lose my seat than give the priesthood a bigger power in the schools. I am absolutely determined that the Labour Party shall not get into the hands of any religion, least of all Catholic. Charles Trevelyan
Part of me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready words are not at hand. Adlai Stevenson
Freeing women and giving them a chance at life is not imposing Dutch values on foreigners. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Catholic Charities is already one of the largest government contractors in the United States. Ray Suarez
The authority of all religious courts is conditioned on the religious or ethnic membership of those involved in the matter…. if one of the parties does not belong to the same religion as that governed by the religious court, then the court does not have judicial authority Aharon Barak
Women who become pregnant through rape or incest should not qualify for government-funded abortions unless their pregnancy is life-threatening. Stockwell Day
God's law is clear: standards of education are not set by government, but by God, the Bible, the home and the school. Stockwell Day
It belongs to American liberty to separate entirely the institution which has for its object the support and diffusion of religion from the political government. Francis Lieber
The acknowledgement of the Judeo Christian God is not religion. Roy Moore
The dominant national religion is and shall be the sacred Roman Catholic faith with all ii laws. Passage from the dominant religion to any other confession is forbidden under penalties of apostasy. Inasmuch as the same holy faith bids us love our neighbors, we owe to all persons, of whatever persuasion, peace in their faith ad the protection of the government, and therefore we guarantee freedom to all rites and religions in the Polish lands, in accordance with the laws of the land. Poland
The Ten Commandments have served as a symbol of law, not only in the United States, but in other countries of the world. On the frieze of the Supreme Court is Moses holding the tablets of the Ten Commandments written in Hebrew, Now I don’t think that is a state endorsement of Judaism. Jay Sekulow
Our government has been unable to expel foreign clerics who preach violence and the destruction of the state. Douglas Murray
The government does not talk with most Islamic institutions in America. It does not cooperate with them, and does not want to cooperate with them. Our institutions in America have utterly failed, and we must be clear and say it honestly. Kamal Nawash
There should be a distinction between the Koranic chapters concerning belief, … and the chapters dealing with legislation or the life of the Prophet … That is, there are chapters that cut across history, and these are the verses revealed at Mecca … and there are circumstantial verses of legislation that were revealed at Al-Madina as a result of events that took place 1,400 years ago and which are no longer in existence… there are many … political and military verses… that are connected to circumstances that existed in the past but exist no longer. The verses revealed at Mecca, about the Jews, the Christians, and the People of the Book, for example … were usually verses of support for them, but the verses concerning the Jews and Christians … at Al-Madina were the result of the changing political relations of the People of the Book and the Muslims… Politics are fluid, not static; therefore, the laws built on a political foundation are also subject to movement, and are not static. Shaker Al-Nabulsi
Amr ibn Al-'Aas has an important place in Islam and therefore we will not permit any secularist to deride him. Abd Al-Sabour Shahin
I hate to see them take that creche out of the capitol. It could be the only chance we'll ever have to get three wise men in that building. Ann Richards
Political freedom cannot exist in any land where religion controls the state, and religious freedom cannot exist in any land where the state controls religion. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
In Islam, the legislative power and competence to establish laws belong exclusively to God Almighty. Ruhollah Khomeini
Creationism means simply a belief in creation Philip Johnson
Darwinistic evolution would be a most peculiar creative method for God to choose, given the Darwinistic insistence that biological evolution was undirected. That requirement means that God neither programmed evolution in advance nor stepped in from time to time to pull it in the right direction. How then did God ensure that humans would come into existence so that salvation history would have a chance to occur? Phillip E. Johnson
But I firmly believe that evolution be taught in the schools has the best witness of what modern science has taught us . To read the Bible literalistically about such issues disinvites us from using the best of recent scholarships Katharine Jefferts Schori
How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the whole earth, were it not for misgovernment, and a diversion of all his energies from their proper object -- the happiness of man -- to the selfish interest of kings, nobles, and priests. Thomas Jefferson
We will never accept any religious government in Iraq. Never. This is a red line for us. We will never live inside an Islamic Iraq. Jalal Talabani
Some Muslims try to impose their religious taboos in the public domain. That is not asking for my respect, it’s asking for my submission. Flemming Rose
We will invite him again because the religion of Islam is one of tolerance. We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him Ansarullah Mawlazezadah
It is not enough for each individual to have one day of rest each week. Everyone should have the same day. My ability to go shopping on Shabbat is the inability of someone else to rest on the same day. Ruth Gavison
Hell to those who don’t vote Shas! Shimon Baadani
There cannot be freedom in Iraq without bringing down the mullahs. Michael Ledeen
I trust God speaks through me. Without that I could not do my job. George W. Bush
What does Christianity mean today. Our religion is National Socialism. Joseph Goebbels
No money of the state shall ever be given or appropriated to any sectarian or religious society or institution. Wyoming
How hurtful to religion and the state is the concession to ministers of religion of any power of issuing decrees or transacting the business of government. Baruch Spinoza
There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as The Dark Ages. Ruth Hurmence Green
A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some villain for every dramatic accident risks an even larger loss of life and liberty. William A. Niskanen
I do not have faith in the Supreme Court because of all of its rulings against Jewish tradition and against religion. The Supreme Court upheld Reform conversion and gave a permit to opening shops where pork is sold. Eli Yishai
Many parents who are religious and firm in their conscience, refuse to send their sons to learn law and…enter the profession. Najib Shugra
Today the sharia courts exist only for questions touching religion and personal status of the believers, they should limit their benevolent labors to matters that concern them specifically. Ibrahim Jammal
If we are trying to establish a culture of life, it’s difficult to have the state sponsoring executions. Sam Brownback
God himself instituted capital punishment as a remedy for certain crimes, at the very least murder…All life is so sacred that anyone who takes it is required to pay the same penalty. Barrett Duke
The profound influence of religion on American politics is vital, but it is best when indirect: on the morals, habits, and souls of individual Americans; on the political climate and the principals that should guide policy, rather than on specific policies themselves… Richard Nixon
The line cannot be too strongly drawn. Richard M. Johnson
The Virginia model, meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew, and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mahometan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination. Thomas Jefferson
The Great Governor of the World. Articles of Confederation
The absence of God in the Constitution is an omission which no pretext whatever can palliate. Americans would “have every reason to tremble, lest the Governor of the universe, who will not be treated with indignity by a people more than individuals, overturn from its foundation the fabric we have been rearing, and crush us atoms in the wreck. John M. Mason
…the Qur’an has been remiss in nothing. Bahrain
Blessed with…the protection of our guardian deities… Bhutan
…the sovereign Republic of Indonesia which is based on the belief in the One and Only God… Indonesia
Nepal is a multiethnic, multilingual, democratic, independent, indivisible, sovereign, Hindu and Constitutional Monarchial Kingdom. Nepal
The Islamic State is allowed to set legislation to promote the public interests as long as that legislation does not contradict Islamic Law. It must not be at variance with the Koran and Sunnah Sheikh Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Turayri
Islam embraces the whole of life and does not distinguish between the sacred and the secular, it concerns itself with force and power which characterize this world as such. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
I want to see the United States become a Muslim country. Ibrahim Hooper
The United States will become a Muslim country, even if it takes 100 years. Abdulrahman Alamoudi
He who has insulted a prophet cannot be excused on account of ignorance, because unbelief is not excusable, just as something forbidden, owing to drunkenness, rage or grudges, is not excusable. Abdurrahmani'l-Djaziri
For five hundred years these rules and theories of an Arab sheik and the interpretations of generations of lazy, good-for-nothing priests have decided the civil and the criminal law of Turkey. They had decided the form of the constitution, the details of the lives of each Turk, his food, his hours of rising and sleeping, the shape of his clothes, the routine of the midwife who produced his children, what he learnt in his schools, his customs, his thoughts, even his most intimate habits … Possibly it might have suited tribes of nomads in the desert. It was no good for a modern progressive State. Kemal Ataturk
A hard father to his people, Mustafa Kemal [Ataturk] told his Turks last December that they must forget God in the Arabic language (Allah), learn Him in Turkish (Tanri). Admitting the delicacy of renaming a 1300-year-old god, Kemal gave the muezzins a time allowance to learn the Koran in Turkish. Time
Government is a trust from God, and verily government will be at the day of resurrection a cause of inquiry, unless he who hath taken it be worthy of it and have acted justly and done good. Muhammad
It is apprehended that Jews, Mahometans (Muslims), pagans, etc., may be elected to high offices under the government of the United States. Those who are Mahometans, or any others who are not professors of the Christian religion, can never be elected to the office of President or other high office, (unless) first the people of America lay aside the Christian religion altogether, it may happen. Should this unfortunately take place, the people will choose such men as think as they do themselves. Samuel Johnston
Let the Gods avenge themselves. Ancient Rome
The king [Stephen ~1090-1154], by an edict published through England, called the rulers of the churches, and the chiefs of the people, to a council at London. All these coming thither, as into one receptacle, and the pillars of the churches being feated in order, and the vulgar also forcing themselves in on all hands, confusedly and promiscuously, as usual, many things were usefully proposed and happily transacted for the benefit of the church and kingdom. Anonymous
Government work is God’s work. Anonymous
Outlaw Communists, Not Prayers Put God Back In The Schools Anonymous
There is no clergyman who is not a cause-pleader. Anonymous
This is clearly apparent from the unheard of and iniquitous proceedings issued against the Templars, which contain no justice but rather savage tyranny, since they were arrested without warning, suddenly without right or judgment being made, shamefully and dishonorably incarcerated with destructive rage, afflicted with taunts, the gravest threats, and various sorts of torture, compelled to die or produce absurd lies which they knew nothing about, wrongly given into the hands of their enemies, who force them through those torments to read out a foul, filthy and lying list which cannot be conceived by human ears and should not enter the human heart. But when the brothers refuse to produce these lies, although they know absolutely nothing about them, the torments of the attendants who press them daily force them to speak the lies, saying that they must recite them before the Jacobins and assert that they are true if they wish to preserve their lives and obtain the king's plentiful grace. Anonymous
We acknowledge Almighty God as the source of all authority and power in civil government ... the Lord Jesus Christ as the Governor among the Nations. Anonymous
I do not know what to make of a republic of 30 million atheists. John Adams
never had interviews with the gods or were in any degree under the inspiration of Heaven. John Adams
Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion. John Adams
Religion and the public liberty of a people are interwoven, and cannot exist separately. Samuel Adams
It is the duty of American Muslims to participate constructively in the political process, if only to protect their rights, and give support to views and causes they favor. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani
While Muslims in Muslim countries, are obligated to uphold the Islamic law of their state, Muslim minorities in the United States are not required either by Islamic law or rationality to uphold Islamic symbols of faith in a secular state, except to the extent permissible within that state. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani
In the name of their deity, these self-styled keepers of public morality exhibit the most outrageous forms of discrimination, hate, and intimidation against those who challenge organized prayer in public schools. Robert S. Alley
Our government should be led by religious men …. Religion is with politics and politics is with religion. They are as one. Muqtada Al-Sader
In a democratic society. . .Islam cannot be the exclusive preserve of the ulama [religious bodies]. How can it be when Islamic laws affect our very way of life? The decision-making process must be participatory and must reflect the diverse and changing nature of Malaysian society. Those practices and legal provisions that give the ulama the sole power to decide on matters of religion and criminalize those with differing opinions must be abrogated. The Constitution must be amended to ensure uniformity of laws and one standard of justice for all. If the ulama continue to remain oblivious to the palpable change that pervades a quickly modernizing, multi-ethnic Malaysia, they run the risk of making themselves increasingly irrelevant to the lives of their people. Zainah Anwar
Much mischief and grief will come from any alliances, holy or otherwise, between organized religious groups and the state. Glenn L. Archer
Terror … is often the result of giving politics a sacred, absolute dimension. Karen Armstrong
It is against my religion to impose my religion. John Ashcroft
You must legislate morality. John Ashcroft
The evils which sapped the nation’s strength had all been wrought in the name of religion. Kemal Ataturk
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work. Brooks Atkinson
Turkey is squeezed between the mosque and the barracks. Cetin Atlan
The only reason the Protestants and Catholics have given up the idea of universal domination is because they've realized they can't get away with it. W. H. Auden
When, therefore, man lives according to man, not according to God, he is like the devil. Saint Augustine
No morality can be founded on authority, even if the authority were divine. Alfred Jules Ayer
All the convents in Madrid are not worth the life of a single Republican. Manuel Azana
When you seek the gain of the fear of god, exalt god and bless the king. Babylonian Proverb
Now who can hear Christ declare that his kingdom is not of this world, and yet believe that this blending of church and state together can be pleasing to him? Isaac Backus
It is not our wish to lay hands on your kingdoms. Our mission is to seize and possess the hearts of men. Baha 'u'llah
There being no longer a union of Church and State in any part of the country, so that religion must depend, under God, for its temporal support wholly upon the voluntary principle: it seemed of much consequence to show how vigorously, and how extensively, that principle has brought the influence of the Gospel to bear in every direction upon the objects within its legitimate sphere.... Robert Baird
The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state is essentially a Communist notion. In a free society these institutions must be wholly free—which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state. Alan Barth
All pupils of school age have the right to moral or religious education at the community’s expense. Belgium
Owing to the shortcomings of human nature, past events are easily forgotten with the passage of time. Therefore, it is worth protecting and confirming in writing what has been concluded by legal persons in contract … Any affair discussed in the presence of My Royal Highness be confirmed in writing. Bella III
If the tyrant forbids what God commands, you should not at all judge that you have performed your duty if you have merely refused to obey the tyrant, unless at the same time you obey the command of God. Theodore Beza
The authority of all magistrates (with however great power and sovereignty they be vested) is as it were hedged in by these two limits set by God himself, namely Piety and Charity Theodore Beza
At the last meeting of the Board of Education, Mr. Maegher called attention to the chanting of the Lord's Prayer in the public schools, which is a violation of a rule which forbids the introduction of religious matters. We are glad this subject has come up at last. The Lord's Prayer has been brought into disrespect about long enough by being snarled through the dirty noses of a hundred bad boys and preposterous girls. Ambrose Bierce
Let us revise our views and work from the premise that all laws should be for the welfare of society as a whole and not directed at the punishment of sins. John Biggs Jr.
It is neither sacrilegious or antireligious to say that each separate government should stay out of the business of writing or sanctioning official prayers and leave that purely religious function to the people themselves and to those the people choose to look to for religious guidance. Hugo Black
It is no part of the of the business of government to compose official prayers. Hugo Black
The “establishment of religion” clause of the 1st Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. Hugo Black
State power is no more to be used so as to handicap religions than it is to favor them. Hugo Black
The 1st Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach. Hugo Black
The manifest object of the men who framed the institutions of this country, was to have a State without religion and a Church without politics—that is to say, they meant that one should never be used as an engine for the purposes of the other.... For that reason they built up a wall of complete and perfect partition between the two. Jeremiah S. Black
Ice cream shops are just houffs, persons just entering and enjoying themselves in a manner which is not proper. William Black
The mixing of government and religion can be a threat to free government, even if no one is forced to participate.... When the government puts its imprimatur on a particular religion, it conveys a message of exclusion to all those who do not adhere to the favored beliefs. Harry A. Blackmun
Many of the problems of our country started when we chased faith out of the public square. Kenneth Blackwell
We early freed ourselves from the incubus of a State Church. Edward Blake
We want no new types of public appropriations for sectarian purposes Paul Blanshard
We want no religious or anti-religious political parties. Paul Blanshard
Keeping education in the United States free of sectarian influence has long been one of the primary struggles of believers in freedom of religion. Joseph L. Blau
Religion is too important an aspect of human life to be prostituted to politics, just as politics is too important a part of human life to be enslaved to religion. Joseph L. Blau
If the earthly power errs, it shall be judged by the spiritual power ... but if the supreme spiritual power errs it can be judged only by God, and not by man ... Therefore we declare, state, define and pronounce that it is altogether necessary to salvation for every human creature to be subject to the Roman pontiff. Boniface VIII
… the Democratic Party in robes. Robert Bork
The prince must employ his authority to destroy false religions in his state. Jacques Benigne Bossuet
Your narrow and sectarian prejudices make war upon The Bible …. upon the Pentateuch, while facing the East with his head covered.] Boston Police Court
The Bible is not a history book. Robert Boston
Unhappily, religion is used to cover or bolster up a number of bad practices. I … still see a threat of Catholic-Fascism. And officially the Irish Roman Catholic Church is opposed to progress as not good for the people …. The effect of religious opinion in this country (Protestant as well as Catholic) seems to be, a heavy trend to the Right. Elizabeth Bowen
One religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another. William J. Brennan, Jr.
The Supreme Court has continually been zealous in protecting the right of school children to be free from sectarian influence by school authorities. Thus, practices which may be acceptable for an adult audience or a public forum may be unacceptable for public schools where attendance is mandatory and the desire to conform is typical among youth of such age. Dennis Brett
This is a Christian nation. David J. Brewer
The Government of the United States possesses no power whatever over the question of religion. James Buchanan
We have a very vivid democracy, but it's very fragile, partly because of our inner conflict. What is the real authority, the Knesset or … the synagogue? Are we a democracy or a theocracy. Avraham Burg
Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement … The cause of civil liberty and civil government gains as little as that of religion by this confusion of duties. Edmund Burke
America is not ready to ban abortions. George W. Bush
Everything that we are about as African people in terms of our struggle for justice and freedom started in the church. There is no separation of the sacred and secular—of the church and state—in Black America. There is no separation. Calvin Butts
As a matter of principle, science teachers are professionally bound to limit their teaching to science and should resist pressure [from religious fundamentalists] to do otherwise. California Board of Education
The government ought to stay out of the prayer business. Jimmy Carter
The seculars and those that adhere to them are generally well affected to the peace of the state. Henry Cary; Viscount Falkland
A State is not morally free to allow anarchy and license ... even if the majority should so desire. Catholic Association for International Peace
It is not for the pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political construction and organization of social life. Catholic Church
The church, by reason of her role and competence, is not identified with any political community nor is it tied to any political system Catholic Church
The members of the Church, as members of society, have the same right and duty to promote the common good as do other citizens. Catholic Church
The state has a right to insist that its citizens shall be educated. Catholic Church
The task of educating belongs fundamentally and primarily to the family …. Whenever the state lays claim to an educational monopoly, it oversteps its rights and offends justice. Catholic Church
The Greek patriarchs [clergy] were displeased. Whereas in former times in the Ottoman state, the communities were ranked, with the Moslems first, then the Greeks, then the Armenians, then the Jews, now all of them were put on the same level. Some Greeks objected to this, saying, “The Government has put us together with the Jews. We were content with the supremacy of Islam.” Amhed Cevdet Pasa
Of the six men who have done most to make America the wonder and the joy she is to all of us, not one could be the citizen of a government so constituted; for Washington and Franklin and Jefferson, certainly the three mightiest leaders in our early history, were heretics in their day, Deists, as men called them; and Garrison and Lincoln and Sumner, certainly the three mightiest in these later times, would all be disfranchised by the proposed amendment. Lincoln could not have taken the oath of office had such a clause been in the Constitution. John White Chadwick
Flatter them with hopes until I be ready to suppress them. Charles I
I don’t want the Government to teach my kids’ family values. Cher
I have no doubt that if you were to ask a cannibal, he would plead his religion for the heinous acts he does. Shanmukhan Chetty
We have no national temples but the Capitol; we consult no common oracle but the Constitution. Rufus Choate
The forces of globalization and religious marginalization are out to get us. Chrisodoulos
We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons
To the laws all men show respect and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror; human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between man and man; and divine laws given of heaven, prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons
We do not believe that any religious society has authority to try men on the right of property or life, to take from them this world's goods, or to put them in jeopardy of either life or limb, or to inflict any physical punishment upon them. They can only excommunicate them from their society, and withdraw from their fellowship. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons
Carefully take notice of witches, charmers, and all such abusers of the people. Church of Scotland
If any think it severe that the child should be punished for the inequity of the father, let them understand that the sacraments appertain only to the faithful and to their seed. Church of Scotland
The Republic city seal pervasively invades the daily lives of non-Christians and sends a message that they are outsiders. The Constitution forbids such a result. Russell G. Clark
There is no neutral aid when that aid principally flows to religious institutions nor is there truly “private choice” when the available choices resulting from the program are predominantly religious. Eric L. Clay
All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty. All separated from government, are compatible with liberty. Henry Clay
In this country there is no alliance between church and state, no established religion, no tolerated religion—for toleration results from establishment DeWitt Clinton
We can’ t renew our country unless more of us—I mean all of us—are willing to join churches. Bill Clinton
God handed his word to Moses. He didn't need the Tennessee General Assembly's help. Steve Cohen
This nations must stand for or against Christ. Tom Colburn
I am profoundly disturbed by any attempt to take government responsibility away from government … it is government’s responsibility to educate all of our children …. The fundamental responsibility for poverty of this country does not belong to the churches; it belongs to the government. Johnetta B. Cole
I do not know which is the more dangerous to liberty—Romanism or Protestantism. Either is fatal if it predominates. Lucy Colman
Parochial schools are a menace, and the Bible in schools is an insult. Lucy Colman
The new United States took the lead among the nations of the earth in the establishment of religious freedom. That is one reason America has never had any religious wars or any religious persecutions. Henry Steele Commager
Secularism and the separation of religion from the state are the basic pre-conditions for women’s liberation in the Middle East Committee to Defend Women's Rights in the Middle East
We cannot permit any inquisition either within or without the law or apply any religious test to the holding of office. The mind of America must be forever free. Calvin Coolidge
For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? I Book of Corinthians
The public never ought to have become aware of this matter. John Aloysius Costello
I do not conceive God did ever ordain [democracy] as a fit government for either church or commonwealth …. As for monarchy and aristocracy, they are both clearly approved and directed in the Scriptures. John Cotton
Too many pulpits have become political rostrums, openly taking sides with party or government as if Jesus Christ Himself, were He living today, would be either a Democrat of a Republican. Charles E. Coughlin
... The Right Reverend New Dealer Charles E. Coughlin
[T]he sole function of the American state, in respect to religion, is to recognize its existence and protect its liberty. Joseph Martin Dawson
Ireland has remained a Catholic nation, and as such sets the eternal destiny of man high above the isms and idols of the day. Her people would accept no system that decried of imperiled that destiny. So long as that was their attitude none of the forms of state-worship now prevalent [elsewhere in the world] could flourish in their land. Eamon de Valera
We must not, under the pretext of secularism, chase God out of every public expression in society. Albert Decourtray
The moment religion organizes into a specific creed it becomes a political force. From Moses down to Brigham Young, every creed-founder has been a Statebuilder. Daniel DeLeon
Reproductive freedom is a fundamental human right. We therefore oppose government interference in the reproductive decisions of Americans. Democratic Party
The state authorities have no place in the church of God, no right to control and persecute the conscience. Hans Denck
The only time I every fear religion is when it has the power of the state behind it. Alan Dershowitz
We are a people of many races, many faiths, creeds, and religions. I do not think that the men who made the Constitution forbade the establishment of a State church because they were opposed to religion. They knew that the introduction of religious differences into American life would undermine the democratic foundations of this country. What holds for adults holds even more for children, sensitive and conscious of differences. I certainly hope that the Board of Education will think very, very seriously before it introduces this division and antagonism in our public schools. John Dewey
... the day intended for rest and cheerfulness into one of universal gloom, bigotry, and persecution.... [A day for] constables ... invested with arbitrary, vexatious, and the most extensive powers.... You cannot make people religious by act of Parliament, or force them to church by constables; they display their feelings by staying away. Charles Dickens
Let us strangle the last king with the guts of the last priest. Denis Diderot
Resolved, That we especially protest against this present attempt to force all the people to follow the religious dictates of a part of the people, as establishing a precedent for the entrance of a most dangerous complicity between Church and State, thereby subtly undermining the foundation of liberty, so carefully laid by the wisdom of our fathers. Ellen Battelle Dietrick
The Church of England is the Tory Party at prayer. Benjamin Disraeli
Nothing is left for us except the boycott .... this is not merely counsel, but a positive command binding all in conscience under the pain of sin. Denis Dougherty
Christianity has sufficient inner strength to survive and flourish on its own. It does not need state subsidies, nor state privileges, nor state prestige. The more it obtains state support, the greater it curtails human freedom. William O. Douglas
The union of church and state put the church under a political control.... The church was thoroughly subordinated to the state. Hamilton James Eckenrode
Isn't this country wonderful because you get the right to believe what you want to? But where we all get into trouble is when some people feel they have the right to inflict their beliefs on others. Dean Edell
I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States. Thomas A. Edison
Christianity is part of the law of England. John Eldon
I propose, fellow-citizens, a new sort of union, or, if you please, a Christian party in politics, which I am exceedingly desirous all good men in our country should join: not by subscribing a constitution and the formation of a new society, to be added to the scores which now exist; but by adopting, avowing, and determining to act upon, truly religious principles in all civil matters. Ezra Stiles Ely
If a ruler is not a Christian he ought to be one, in this land of evangelical light, without delay; and he ought, being a follower of Jesus, to honour him even as he honours the FATHER Ezra Stiles Ely
If they [elected politicians] ought to be just towards men, ought they not also to abstain from robbing God, and to render unto him that honour which is HIS due? Ezra Stiles Ely
Christians may in their elections lawfully prefer the avowed friends of the Christian religion to Turks, Jews, and Infidels. Turks, indeed, might naturally prefer Turks, if they could elect them; and Infidels might prefer Infidels; and I should not wonder if a conscientious Jew should prefer a ruler of his own religious faith; but it would be passing strange if a Christian should not desire the election of one friendly to his own system of religion. While every religious system is tolerated in our country, and no one is established by law, it is still possible for me to think, that the friend of Christianity will make a much better governor of this commonwealth or President of the United States, than the advocate of Theism or Polytheism. We will not pretend to search the heart; but surely all sects of Christians may agree in opinion, that it is more desirable to have a Christian than a Jew, Mohammedan, or Pagan, in any civil office. Ezra Stiles Ely
Our federal government is not warranted to intermeddle with the interests of religion, directly or indirectly. It is not commissioned to take any part whatever in religious concerns. John England
The United States is a country of no distinct religious denomination, but one of perfect freedom, and of a vast variety of religious opinions; one whose inhabitants have solemnly interdicted to its government any interference, direct or indirect, with the subject of their religion. John England
You cannot struggle against religion. Those who have tried this have been doomed. Necmettin Erbakan
In this country there are two parties: the righteous and the fallacious Necmettin Erbakan
Minarets are our bayonets, domes our helmets and mosques our barracks. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
A school prayer amendment would confer upon public school boards a power the 1st Amendment now denies to Congress and the states, that is, the power to establish religion. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Every American has the constitutional right not to be taxed or have his tax money expended for the establishment of religion. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Every American has the constitutional right not to be taxed or have his tax money expended for the establishment of a religion. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Government is contemptuous of true religion when it confiscates the taxes of Caesar to finance the things of God. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
I believe in a wall between church and state so high that no one can climb over it. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
If religious freedom is to endure in America, the responsibility for teaching religion to public school children must be left to the homes and churches of our land, where this responsibility rightfully belongs. It must not be assumed by the government through the agency of the public school system. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
When religion controls government, political liberty dies; and when government controls religion, religious liberty perishes. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
The United States should not, in principle, object to the implementation of Islamic law or involvement of Islamic activists in government. Islamically oriented political actors and groups should be evaluated by the same criteria that are applied to any other potential leaders or opposition party. John Esposito
J. Edgar Hoover’s counter-intelligence program was designed to prevent a Black Messiah from rising to unite the people. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
No political leader deserves the allegiance of what he never created. I can only give my allegiance to the one God. So when my President calls I don’t jump. If his call is not in accordance with the call of God, I do not answer. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
A wicked Capuchin [a politically sophisticated priest] has disarmed me with his rosary, and thrust nothing less than six electoral crowns into his cowl. Ferdinand II
That every secularization of a religious foundation, mediate or immediate, by the Protestants, subsequent to the date of the treaty, was contrary to its spirit, and must be revoked as a breach of it. Ferdinand II
Personal religious convictions have no place in political campaigns or in dictating public policy. Geraldine Ferraro
Whenever morality is based on theology, whenever right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established. Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach
The greatest achievement ever made in the cause of human progress is the total and final separation of church and state. If we had nothing else to boast of, we could lay claim with justice that first among the nations we of this country made it an article of organic law that the relations between man and his Maker were a private concern, into which other men have no right to intrude. David Dudley Field
if any sect suffered itself to be used for political objects I would meet it by political opposition. In my view church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact. Religion and politics should not be mingled. Millard Fillmore
American Catholics rejoice in our separation of Church and State, and I can conceive no combination of circumstances likely to arise which would make a union desirable for either Church or State. James Gibbons
Reform must come from within and not from without. You cannot legislate for virtue. James Gibbons
A civilian ruler dabbling in religion is as reprehensible as a clergyman dabbling in politics. Both render themselves odious as well as ridiculous. James Gibbons
A national education ought uniformly to be discouraged, on account of its obvious alliance with national government. This is an alliance of a more formidable nature than the old and much contested alliance of church and state. William Godwin
I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans ... Barry Goldwater
The great decisions of government cannot be dictated by the concerns of religious factions. Barry Goldwater
Thomas Jefferson rode his horse around the 13 Colonies to try to keep us from having a national religion. Mixing religion and politics doesn’t work. Barry Goldwater
I’m very worried about the religious right. I don’t believe in mixing religion and politics. They do a disservice to religion and to politics. Barry Goldwater
It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it. Billy Graham
I would suggest the taxation of all property equally, whether church or corporation. Ulysses S. Grant
Leave the matter of religion to the family alter, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the State for ever separate. Ulysses S. Grant
No sectarian tenets shall ever be taught in any school supported in whole or in part by the State, nations, or by the proceeds of any tax levied upon any community. Ulysses S. Grant
Resolve that neither the state nor nation, nor both combined, shall support institutions of learning other than those sufficient to afford every child growing up in the land of opportunity of a good common school education, unmixed with sectarian, pagan, or atheistical dogmas. Ulysses S. Grant
Our princes take the Word of God no more seriously than a cow does the game of chess. Argula von Grumbach
The Republic assures liberty of conscience and guaranteed the free exercise of religion, subject to the restrictions of public order …. The public worship budget is abolished and public establishments connected with religion are suppressed. France
Country, Religion, Family! Francisco Franco
Separation means separation, not something less. Felix Frankfurter
We, the people of the United States, devoutly acknowledging the supreme authority and just government of God in all the affairs of men and nations, and grateful to Him for our civil and religious liberty, and encouraged by the assurances of His Word, invoke His Guidance, as a Christian nation, according to His appointed way, through Jesus Christ, in order to form … William Pierce Frye
Oh wearisome condition of humanity—born under one law, to another bound. Charles Fulke Greville; Baron Fulke
Never, I beseech of you, encourage a certain “Christian party in politics,” which under moral and religious pretenses is officiously and continually interfering with the religious opinions of others, and endeavoring to effect by law and other means, equally exceptionable, a systematic course of measures evidently calculated to lead to a union of church and state. If a union of church and state should be effected, which may God avert, then will the doctrines of the prevailing sect become the creed of the country, to be enforced by fines, imprisonment, and doubtless death! Then will superstition and bigotry frown into silence everything which bears the appearance of liberality; the hand of genius will be palsied, and a check to all further improvements in our country will be the inevitable consequence. If we now permit the glorious light of liberty to be extinguished, it may never more shine to cheer a benighted world with the splendor of its rays. Zelotes Fuller
The past history of the Christian Church should be a solemn warning to us never to permit an alliance to be formed between the priesthood and the civil magistracy—between church and state powers. Zelotes Fuller
People of this free and happy land! We ask, will you give our consent to the political dominancy of any one religious sect and the establishment of their religious creed by law? Will you in any way encourage certain popular religious measures got up by a certain popular religious sect, in our humble opinion, for a very unpopular object, but which in the view of many is very popular to approve? Be assured, whatever may be the ostensible objects of these measures, if they should be generally adopted they will tend to infuse the spirit of religious intolerance and persecution into the political institutions of our country Zelotes Fuller
I think parents want their kids to have a strong, competitive education. The message [of my victory] was that includes a full set of science standards and that includes evolution. Sue Gamble
Nor can any ecclesiastical organization be safely permitted to usurp in the smallest degree the functions and powers of the National Government. James A. Garfield
While it is the duty of Congress to respect to the uttermost the conscientious convictions and religious scruples of every citizen ... not any ecclesiastical organization can be safely permitted to usurp in the smallest degree the functions and powers of the national government. James A. Garfield
The divorce between church and state should be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state, or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community. James A. Garfield
Whatever help the nation can justly afford should be generously given to aid the States in supporting common schools; but it would be unjust to our people and dangerous to our institutions to apply any portion of the revenues of the nation or of the States to the support of sectarian schools. James A. Garfield
America is a Christian nation ... The less we emphasize the Christian religion, the further we fall into the abyss of poor character and chaos. Kirk Fordice
The 1st Amendment was established to ensure, in addition to free exercise, that the state did not have the power to establish any particular religious teaching. Marie M. Fortune
There are pragmatic, sane politics or those convinced that God is on their side. Arthur Hertzberg
Intrude not yourself into ecclesiastical matters. Hiliary of Poitiers
Our people [Mormons] are free to live their life as they please. They have to make choices. Gordon B. Hinckley
Nothing more than institutionalized pedophilia. Douglas Hogarth
The Congress should at once submit an amendment to the Constitution which enables the right to religious devotion in all governmental agencies—national, state or local. Herbert Hoover
I’d like to see us re-institute school prayer so that our young children have some moral beliefs, they have some principles Michael Huffington
No part of civil administration required greater care or nicer judgment than the conduct of religious parties. David Hume
This section does not extend to any book, pamphlet, writing, drawing or painting kept or used bona fide for religious purposes … India
Our Constitution was framed, not to declare and uphold the deity of Christ, but the sacredness of humanity. Ours is the first government made by the people and for the people. It is the only nation with which the gods have had nothing to do. Robert G. Ingersoll
The religious ideal of Islam … is organically related to the social order which it has created. The rejection of one will eventually involve the rejection of the other. Therefore, the construction of a polity on national lines, if it means the displacement of the Islamic principle of solidarity, is simply unthinkable to a Muslim. Muhammad Iqbal
Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam. Iran
Publications and the press have freedom of expression except when it is detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam Iran
The formation of parties, societies, political or professional associations, as well as religious societies, whether Islamic or pertaining to one of the recognized religious minorities, is permitted provided they do not violate the principles of independence, freedom, national unity, the criteria of Islam, or the basis of the Islamic republic. Iran
… a ready-made instrument for future totalitarian aggression … we have no guarantee that state officials will respect Catholic principles with respect to these matters Irish Catholic Church
We are confident that an Irish government established by the people for the people, while safeguarding the material interests of the new state, will always recognize and respect the principles which must regulate and govern Catholic education. In view of the impending changes in Irish education we wish to assert the great fundamental principle that the only satisfactory system of education for Catholics is one wherein Catholic children are taught in Catholic schools by Catholic teachers under Catholic Control. Irish Central Association of Catholic Clerical School Managers
… a Workers’ Republic founded on the principles of social justice sustained by democratic institutions and guaranteeing civil and religious liberty and equal opportunities to achieve happiness to all citizens who render service to the community. Irish Labor Party
All religions are extremely weak and none furnishes a foundation for the state …. Hirobumi Ito
I could not do otherwise without transcending the limits prescribed by the Constitution for the President and without feeling that I might in some degree disturb the security which religion nowadays enjoys in this country in its complete separation from the political concerns of the General Government. Andrew Jackson
A Scottish Presbytery … agreeth as well with a monarch as God and the Devil … I give not a turd for your preaching. James I
If you aim at a Scottish presbytery, it agrees as well with monarchy as God and the devil. James I
No Bishop, no King. James I
The Supreme Court recognizes no authority greater than itself. Not the Constitution. Not the Almighty. Fob James Jr.
Japanese subjects shall, within limits not prejudicial to peace and order, and not antagonistic to their duties as subjects, enjoy freedom of religious belief. [Article 28, 1889 Constitution] Freedom of religion is guaranteed to all. No religious organization shall receive any privileges from the State, nor exercise any political authority. 2) No person shall be compelled to take part in any religious acts, celebration, rite or practice. 3) The State and its organs shall refrain from religious education or any other religious activity. [Article 20, 1946 Constitution] Japan
The French … do not believe in the unity of the Lord of Heaven and Earth … but have abandoned all religion …. They assert … that all men are equal in humanity, and alike in being men; none has any superiority or merit over any other, and every one disposes of his soul and arranges his life. In this vain belief and preposterous opinion, they have erected new principles and set new laws, and established what Satan has whispered to them and destroyed the bases of religion…. With lying books and meretricious falsehoods they address themselves to every group and say, “We belong to you, to your religion, and to your community” …They are united under the banner of Satan. Ahmad Pasha al Jazzar
I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about the legal ascendency of one sect over another. Thomas Jefferson
They [the clergy] believe that any power confided in me will be executed in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly. For I have sworn on the alter of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. Thomas Jefferson
The common law existed while the Anglo-Saxons were yet pagans, at a time when they had never yet heard the name of Christ pronounced or that such a character existed. Thomas Jefferson
... assertions that Christianity is a part of the common law. The proof of the contrary ... is incontrovertible; to wit, that the common law existed while the Anglo-Saxons were yet pagans, at a time when they had never heard the name of Christ pronounced, or knew that such a character existed. Thomas Jefferson
... the loathsome combination of church and state. Thomas Jefferson
I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their Legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Thomas Jefferson
To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical; that even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion, is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions to the particular pastor whose morals he would make his pattern, and whose powers he feels most persuasive to righteousness Thomas Jefferson
The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man. Thomas Jefferson
Congress is in the grasp of the National Rifle Association and the religious right. Eddie Bernice Johnson
[The line] cannot be too strongly drawn between church and state. Richard M. Johnson
Let the national legislature once perform an act which involves the decision of a religious controversy, and it will have passed its legitimate bounds. Richard Mentor Johnson
Screw the Buddhists and kill the Muslims! And put that in the minutes. What I want to do is to promote Christianity as the only true religion. Henry Jordan
I confess that I do not see what good it does to fulminate against the English tyranny while the Roman tyranny occupies the palace of the soul. James Joyce
The greatest blessings of mankind are the gifts of God … —the priesthood and the imperial authority. The priesthood ministers to things divine; the imperial authority is set over, and shows diligence in, things human …. Both adorn the life of man. Justinian I
Build the structure of representative government .… Enfranchise the women …. Establish a free labor movement …. Abolish police oppression …. Decentralize political power …. Separate church from state. Douglas MacArthur
For political and intellectual freedom and for all the blessings that political and intellectual freedom have brought in their train, she [England] is chiefly indebted to the great rebellion of the laity against the priesthood. Thomas Babington Macaulay
It is ... the duty of princes and heads of republics to uphold the foundations of the religion of their countries, for then it is easy to keep their people religious and consequently well conducted and united. Niccolo Machiavelli
In the Papal System, Government and Religion are in a manner consolidated, and that is found to be the worst of government. James Madison
Is the appointment of Chaplains to the two Houses of Congress consistent with the Constitution, and with the pure principle of religious freedom? In strictness, the answer on both points must be in the negative. James Madison
It may not be easy, in every possible case, to trace the line of separation between the rights of religion and the Civil authority with such distinctness as to avoid collisions and doubts on unessential points. The tendency of a usurpation on one side or the other, or to a corrupting coalition or alliance between them, will be best guarded by an entire abstinence of the Government from interference in any way whatever, beyond the necessity of preserving public order, and protecting each sect against trespass on its legal rights by others. James Madison
Prior to the Revolution, the Episcopal Church was established by law in this State. On the Declaration of independence it was left with all other sects, to a self-support. And no doubt exists that there is much more of religion among us now than there ever was before the change; and particularly in the Sect which enjoyed the legal patronage. This proves rather more than, that the law is not necessary to the support of religion. James Madison
Religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together. James Madison
The danger of silent accumulations and encroachments by ecclesiastical bodies has not sufficiently engaged attention in the U.S. James Madison
The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries. James Madison
Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity in exclusion of all other religions may establish, with the same ease, any particular sect of Christians in exclusion of all other sects. James Madison
to vex and oppress each other. James Madison
The Catholic Church has access to a major section of the American public. Our impact on the public will be directly proportionate to the persuasiveness of our positions. We seek no special status and we should not be accorded one. James Malone
The essential principles of revealed religion are part of the common law. James Mansfield
We want a separation of church and state, but we also want the human and civil rights of all people. Religion is a human right. Jose de Jesus Marinez Zepeda
Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and render unto God what is God's. Book of Mark
There was a less restrictive version of the 1st Amendment that was proposed whereby the government could not discriminate against any particular religion but could support and give aid to all religions. That did not pass. Joyce Appleby
[I]t is contrary to the principles of reason and justice that any should be compelled to contribute to the maintenance of a church with which their consciences will not permit them to join, and from which they can derive no benefit George Mason
… the happiness of the people, and the good order and preservation of civil government, essentially depend on piety, religion, and morality …. These cannot be diffused through a community but by the institution of the public worship of God …and for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion and morality. Massachusetts
Your Country should be your Temple, God at the summit, a People of equals at the base. Guiseppe Mazzini
Throughout its history Islam has been marked by two trends: an intellectual trend that speculated on the philosophical foundations of the world and humanity, and another trend that turned political challenge violent by resort to force. Fatima Mernissi
No religious education may be imparted without the consent of the Government. Mexico
To call public education godless betrays invincible ignorance, infinite prejudice, and complete misunderstanding of what religion is all about. Conrad Henry Moehlman
God doesn't belong in politics. Walter F. Mondale
Today, the religion clauses of the 1st Amendment do not need to be fixed; they need to be followed. Walter F. Mondale
This sect of men [the Turkish Ulema] are equally capable of preferments in the Law or the Church, these two sciences being cast into one, a Lawyer and a Priest being the same word …. ‘Tis they that are the real Authors Mary Wortley Montagu
The only hope that America has is that Godly men and women of character will stand together as one mighty army and declare to the immoral, impure, obscene, and foul: “Your days of unlimited access to the minds of our children in Kansas are over.” The army of God has been silent too long and we are taking this state back. Joyce Moore
The Irish nation is de facto a Catholic nation Denis Patrick Moran
Like its Islamic fundamentalist cousins, the religious right is waging a jihad against the civic state. Mother Jones
How do I hold my truth to be the truth when everyone else believes their truth to be different. Bill Moyers
Cardinals are never off-base. They are often ill-advised. Daniel P. Moynihan
If any fail to govern by what God has revealed, those are the wrongdoers. Muhammad
Obey God, obey his Prophet, and obey those in authority over you. Muhammad
O you who believe! Obey God, the Prophet, and those who have authority among you. Muhammad
There shall not be two religions in Arabia. Muhammad
To each among you, we have prescribed a law and a way of acting. Muhammad
An essential condition of religious liberty is that religion be unaided by the Commonwealth. Lionel Murphy
There is no room for theocracy in Islam. Pervez Musharraf
As you see the clergy to come nearer the alter than others, so remember, that in all places convenient, to give them greater honour; that the Mediator of God and man may establish you on a kingly throne. William Laud
One of the most constant laws of history is … immediately [if] any one class becomes preponderant—nobles, clergy, army, or the people—it speedily tends to enslave others. Gustave Le Bon
In deciding the ratings of the films, no consideration is given to artistic, technical or dramatic values. Only moral content is weighed. Legion of Decency
Ministers should share the same protection of the law that other men do, and no more. To proscribe [prohibit] them from seats of legislation, etc., is cruel. To indulge them with an exemption from taxes and bearing arms is a tempting emolument [benefit]. The law should be silent about them; protect them as citizens, not as sacred officers, for the civil law knows no sacred religious officers. John Leland; Jack Nipps
To say that religion cannot stand without a state establishment is not only contrary to fact (as has been proved already) but is a contradiction in phrase. John Leland; Jack Nipps
If government can answer for individuals at the day of judgment, let men be controlled by it in religious matters; otherwise let men be free. John Leland; Jack Nipps
It is not possible in the nature of things to establish religion by human laws without perverting the design of civil law and oppressing the people. John Leland; Jack Nipps
If the laws of the state are openly at variance with the laws of God—if they inflict injury upon the Church—... then indeed it becomes a duty to resist them, a sin to render obedience. Leo XIII
It is not lawful for the State, any more than for the individual, either to disregard all religious duties, or to hold in equal favor different kinds of religion. Leo XIII
It must not be supposed that the Church so concentrates her energies on caring for souls as to overlook things which pertain to mortal and earthly life. Leo XIII
Islam assigns four things to government: justice, booty, Friday prayer, and jihad. Bernard Lewis
Turkey alone [among the Moslem nations] has formally enacted the separation of church and the state. Bernard Lewis
I have never interfered, north own of interfering as to who shelled or shall not preach I any church nor have I even knowingly, or believingly, tolerated anyone else to so interfere by my authority Abraham Lincoln
The U.S. government must not … undertake to run the churches. Let the churchbes, as such, take care of themselves. Abraham Lincoln
The election of any man avowing the principles of Mr. Jefferson would ... destroy religion, introduce immorality and loosen all the bonds of society. William Linn
If any man err from the right way, it is his own misfortune, no injury to thee; nor therefore art thou to punish him in the things of this life because thou supposest he will be miserable in that which is to come. John Locke
Neither Pagan nor Mahometan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. John Locke
The American idea is a free church in a free state, and a free and unsectarian public school in every ward and every village with its door wide open to children of all races and every creed. Henry Cabot Lodge
I am flatly opposed to appointment of an ambassador to the Vatican. John F. Kennedy
I do not accept the right ... of any ecclesiastical official to tell me what I shall do in the sphere of my public responsibility as an elected official. John F. Kennedy
I do not speak for my church on public matters—and the church does not speak for me. John F. Kennedy
We do not want an official state church. If ninety-nine percent of the population were Catholics, I would still be opposed to it. I do not want civil power combined with religious power. John F. Kennedy
There is a very easy remedy. That is to pray ourselves. John F. Kennedy
I think it would be a welcome reminder to every American that we can pray a good deal more at home. We can attend our churches with a good deal more fidelity. John F. Kennedy
I ask you tonight ... to judge me on the basis of fourteen years in the Congress—on my declared stands against an ambassador to the Vatican, against unconstitutional aid to parochial schools, and against any boycott of the public schools (which I attended myself)—instead of judging me on the basis of these pamphlets and publications we have all seen that carefully selected quotations out of context from the statements of Catholic Church leaders, usually in other countries, frequently in other centuries, and rarely relevant to any situation here—and always omitting, of course, that statement of the American bishops in 1948 which strongly endorsed church-state separation. John F. Kennedy
As long as I live, I will not allow anybody to lead the country towards secularism. Ali Khamenei
Western governments have completely separated Islam from politics. They have cut off its head and given the rest to us. Ruhollah Khomeini
Clergy had not only identified themselves with the repression of free thought, and of physical science … but that they had proved themselves utterly unfit, for centuries past, to exercise any censorship whatsoever over the thoughts of men: that they had identified themselves with the cause of darkness, not of light; with persecution and torture … the clergy interfered perpetually with the sanctity of family life, as well as with the welfare of the state; that their evil counsels, and specially those of the Jesuits, had been patent and potent causes of much of the misrule and misery of Louis XIV.'s and XV.'s reigns Charles Kingsley
Religious matters are to be separated from the jurisdiction of the state not because they are beneath the interests of the state, but, quite to the contrary, because they are too high and holy and thus are beyond the competence of the state. Isaac Backus
we admonish that men keep Sunday's festival with all their might, and observe it from Saturday's noon to Monday's dawning; and no man be so bold that he either go to market or seek any court on that holy day Canute
Bishops and priests should live according to the canons and should teach others to do likewise Charlemagne
There be six chosen besides the Governor, which being chosen and sworn according to an Oath recorded for that purpose, shall have the power to administer justice according to the Laws here established, and for want thereof, according to the Rule of the Word of God. Connecticut
A man may not sell above the current price, i.e., such a price as is usual in the time and place, and as another (who knows the worth of the commodity) would give for it When a man loseth in his commodity for want of skill, etc., he must look at it as his own fault or cross, and therefore must not lay it upon another John Cotton
God's institutions (such as the government of church and of commonwealth be) may be close and compact, and co-ordinate one to another, and yet not confounded. John Cotton
Religion to me really means ethical systems. Michael Crichton
We are a trading corporation, not a body of sectarian propagandists, and therefore discourage any intolerance. Dutch West India Company
A political party cannot have a religion. Only individuals can. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The public forum is the place for religious discussion, not religious practices. Leonard Fine
Allah has purchased from the believers their persons and their property in return for the promise that they shall have paradise, for they fight in the cause of Allah, and they slay the enemy and are slain Ahmad Abu Halabiya
Alex. Nowell, being Prebendary in Westminster, and thereby having voice in the Convocation House, cannot be a member of this House. . . . House of Commons
Opinions of the founding generation were scattered all across the spectrum on the question of the assistance government should give religion. James H. Hulson
Since it is improper and contrary to reason that laymen, who are bound to pay tithes to the clergy, should presume to extort tithes from them, to the utter confusion of the established order of things, we grant your petition, and give all the monasteries, churches, and clergy of your diocese permission to refuse to pay any tithes which may be demanded of them be laymen, no matter under what pretext such a demand may be made. Innocent III
Theocracy Josephus
Be cautious not to take sides in the politics which divide the country, but pray for peace and respect the constituted authorities. Francis Patrick Kenrick
And whereas the ministers of the gospel are, by their profession, dedicated to the service of God and the care of souls, and ought not to be diverted from the great duties of their function; therefore, no minister of the gospel, or priest of any denomination whatsoever, shall, at any time hereafter, under any presence or description whatever, be eligible to, or capable of holding, any civil or military office or place within this State. New York State
Unbelievers in this country have rights but they don’t have the right to veto everybody else. Jack Sekulow
The Christian Protestant religion shall be deemed, and is hereby constituted and declared to be, the established religion of this State. That all denominations of Christian Protestants in this State, demeaning themselves peaceably and faithfully, shall enjoy equal religious and civil privileges South Carolina
[On the 1st Amendment:] For us, this is a great beneficial provision which I would not want to see disturbed; otherwise great harm would come to our Holy Religion. Martin John Spalding
To make government effectual to all the good purposes of it, there must be a religion; this religion must be national; and this national religion must be maintained in reputation and reverence; all other religions or sects must be kept too low to become the rivals of it. Henry St. John
There is Islam in politics in the Moslem world. Joseph C. Wilson
I recommend that the people of this Commonwealth on November 26 refrain from their usual avocations and pursuits and assemble at their chosen place of worship, to praise the name of God and magnify Him with thanksgiving…. Let us thank him with Christian humility for health and prosperity…. Pray that our paths through life be directed by the example and instructions of the Redeemer, who dies that we might enjoy the blessings of eternal life in the world to come. John W. Geary
An elected official, chosen by a large constituency, as the guardian of inalienable rights, ought not to have evinced a spirit of exclusiveness. He should have remembered that the people he governs are not of one mind touching religious dogmas, and by asking all to pray that ‘our paths through life be directed by the example and instructions of the Redeemer’ … he casts reflections upon thousands, who hold a different creed from that which he avows. Sabato Morais; Morris Jastrow
the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise, any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer or agent of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official or personal capacity), by reason of that entity's, officer's, or agent's acknowledgement of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government. Richard Shelby
Though the Constitution has discarded religious establishments, it does not forbid judicial cognizance of those offenses against religion and morality which have no reference to any such establishment, or to any particular form of government, but are punishable because they strike at the root of moral obligation, and weaken the security of the social ties. James Kent
Probably at the time of the adoption of the constitution, and of the amendment to it, now under consideration [i.e., the First Amendment], the general, if not the universal sentiment in America was, that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the state, so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience, and the freedom of religious worship. Joseph Story
It was under a solemn consciousness of the dangers from ecclesiastical ambition, the bigotry of spiritual pride, and the intolerance of sects, thus exemplified in our domestic, as well as in foreign annals, that it was deemed advisable to exclude from the national government all power to act upon the subject. Joseph Story
Congress has no power over religion and...the exclusion of religious tests for federal officeholders meant that they are not bound to support one mode of worship, or to adhere to one particular sect Edmund Jennings Randolph
I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together James Madison
These people did their duty; they acted on my orders, so they are not guilty of anything. I accept their guilt myself. Try me. Saint Tikhon; Vasilii Ivanovich Belavin
Historically, both religious and secular laws originate from the same source Russian Orthodox Church
Today, the judicial system of a modern country cannot hold to these savage traditions, completely inhuman for the young woman Dalil Boubakeur
Political activity of political parties shall not be based on any religious background or foundation. Egypt
Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, ‘This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion at all!!!’ But in this exclamation I would have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean hell. John Adams
The Nation which formulated its determination to manage its own affairs, both sacred and secular, is no more likely to submit to an Italian priest than to a German Kaiser William Ralph Inge
I hope to see the day and witness the deed when an English Senate should disown the divinity of the Christian religion. Richard Carlile
It is an insult to reason and the laws to pronounce the words, 'Civil and Ecclesiastical Government.' … no regulation should be made save by the civil power. Voltaire
If he [the ruler] admits only one religion among his subjects, he must sacrifice, to an uncertain prospect of tranquility, every consideration of public liberty, science, reason, industry, and even his own independence. If he gives indulgence to several sects, which is the wiser maxim, he must preserve a very philosophical indifference to all of them and carefully restrain the pretensions of the prevailing sect; otherwise he can expect nothing but endless disputes, quarrels, factions, persecutions, and civil commotions David Hume
Heretical—one which is contrary to Catholic truth. Erroneous—that which does not directly contradict the faith, but some conclusion evidently deducible from the faith. Savoring of heresy—not contradicting the faith by evident consequence, but by very probable and morally certain consequence. Ill-sounding—that which has a double sense, one Catholic and the other heretic, but usually accepted in the latter. Rash—that which is not governed by reason and lacks all authority. Scandalous or offensive to pious ears—that which gives occasion to another to err, such as ‘heretics are to be tolerated and not to be slain.’ Schismatic or seditious—tending to disrupt the unity of the Church. Impious—contrary to Catholic piety. Insulting—defamatory of some Christian profession or illustrious person. Blasphemous—insulting to God. Giuseppe Alberghini
A man does not cease to be a citizen for being excommunicated. Michel de L'Hopital
As the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion …. The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation. John Adams
There is no law in Pennsylvania against riding on broomsticks. William Penn
No person shall display for sale any meat described as Jewish Meat in a public place unless engaged by the Jewish Congregation of Shereth Israel. New York City
The subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defense suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law. England
We will base our actions upon the sublime truths which the Holy Religion of our Savior teaches. Both in the administration of our respective States, and in our political relations with every other government, we take for our sole guide the precepts of Holy Religion, namely, the precepts of Justice, Christian Charity and Peace, which, far from being applicable only to private concerns, must have an immediate influence on the councils of Princes, and guide all their steps. Alexander I
I leave to the men of God the things that pertain to the service of God. Philip II
Step by step, we will bestow upon the citizens of Israel the laws of the Torah and we will turn Halakha into the binding law of the nation….We must bring back the heritage of our fathers to the nation of Israel. The Torah has the complete solution to all of the questions we are dealing with. Yaakov Neeman
Faith should be defended, by legal edicts, from the efforts of all who seek to contradict it, and that whatever ideas have arisen through the influence of error, be removed by legal proceedings; therefore, we decree that no man of whatever race or lineage, either native or foreigner, proselyte or old in faith, visitor or resident, shall openly or silently, impugn the unity of the Catholic faith; or take part in any injurious disputes affecting the truth of said faith; or countenance the same by remaining silent." No one shall attack the decrees of the Gospel, or criticize the institutions of the Church, or call in question the sacred institutions established by the ancient Fathers; no one shall treat with contempt discussions concerning points of doctrine which arise in modern assemblies, no one shall entertain any thoughts against the holy edicts or the true religion, or shall utter any words in depreciation of the same; or perfidiously cause a controversy to arise with an obstinate unbeliever; or engage in a quarrel on account of the contempt of honor exhibited by a listener. Any person who violates any of the provisions aforesaid shall be arrested; and should he be an ecclesiastic, or belong to any religious order, he shall lose his rank and dignity, shall be regarded forever as a criminal; and shall be punished by the loss of all his property. If he should belong to the laity, he shall be deprived of honor and position, and stripped of all his possessions. Every violator of this law shall be condemned to perpetual exile, unless he should be converted from his errors by the interposition of Divine mercy, when he may be suffered to remain and live in accordance with the commands of God. Visgoths
The Jews and the vileness of their horrible belief, which is more foul than any other detestable error, must be destroyed and cast out. …. No Jew shall celebrate the Passover …. No Jew shall flee to avoid being received into the Church, or conceal himself for such a purpose, after having taken to flight. No Jew shall entertain the hope of resuming his errors, or of performing the ceremonies of his infamous belief. No Jew shall entertain in his heart any perfidy against the Christian religion, and in favor of his own sect, or exhibit such perfidy by word or deed. No Jew shall attempt to infringe, or oppose, any regulations or laws of the Christians which have been published. No one shall venture to conceal a Jew who is aware of the existence of these offences which have been prohibited, or who has committed them. No one shall delay to denounce a fugitive Jew when he is found, or to reveal his hiding place …. no Jew shall make a distinction between food which is clean and unclean, as established by the customs and traditions of his ancient rites. No one shall perversely refuse to eat food of any kind, whose condition is proved to be good. …. it shall not be lawful for any Jew to testify against a Christian in any legal proceeding, or business transaction, even though said Christian should be of the lowest rank or a slave; nor shall a Jew prosecute a Christian, in any action at law; or sue him upon any written contract …. The following law is derived from others of great severity, which have been enacted to punish the perfidy of the Jews; and it is hereby decreed that whoever attempts to commit any of the crimes prohibited by former laws, or contained in any amendments to the same, or presumes to act in defiance of said laws, shall be either stoned to death, or burned …. All Christians are Forbidden to Defend or Protect a Jew, by Either Force or Favor Visigoths
Clergymen should not get involved with politics. Ali Sistani
Secularism is a very neutral thesis that simply states that all religions, and the state – and its sources of authority – should be kept very distinct from one another so that different religions can flourish and survive without any one of them being privileged above the others so the public domain in the state can be a neutral one where everyone meets as equals. Anthony C. Grayling
Next to the acknowledgement of the existence of a Deity, there is no one principle of greater importance in religion, than a realizing belief of the divine government and superintending the affairs of the universe, providence, and intimately concerned in whatever happens to mankind, both as nations and kingdoms, and as individuals. Jonas Clark
Science has provided us with an alternative called stem cell research …. We’ve lost so much time already and I really can’t bear to wait anymore. Nancy Reagan
No priests in politics Anonymous
Her highness doth charge and command, all manner of her subjects, as well those that be called to ministry in the Church as all others, that they do forbear to preach, or teach, or to give audience to any manner of doctrine or preaching other than to the Gospels and Epistles, commonly called the Gospel and Epistle of the day, and to the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, without exposition or addition of any manner, sense, or meaning to be applied and added; or to use any other manner of public prayer, rite, or ceremony in the Church, but that which is already used and by law received; or the common Litany used at this present in her majesty's own chapel, and the Lord's Prayer, and the Creed in English; until consultation may be had by Parliament, by her majesty and her three estates of this realm, for the better conciliation and accord of such causes, as at this present are moved in matters and ceremonies of religion. Elizabeth I
The following is a list of Communist Party members or suspects in our organization …. The operation of preparing and signing the [loyalty] oaths and fingerprinting all employees is now being undertaken and the results will be forwarded to the FBI …. The foundation has taken a highly punitive stand on Communism. I shall shortly be in Washington to go over this matter with the government. L. Ron Hubbard
These are master Satanists and the fact that there is no physical evidence proves that they are guilty. Roland Scott Lyford
The first instinct of the modern man is to get a law passed to forbid or prevent what, in his wisdom, he disapproves. William Graham Sumner
In God We Trust! William Wigton Wallace
No bishop or archdeacon shall any longer hold, in the hundred court, pleas pertaining to the episcopal laws, nor shall they bring before the judgment of secular men any case which pertains to the rule of souls; …. I forbid and by my authority interdict, that any sheriff, or provost, or minister of the king, or any layman concern himself in the matter of laws which pertain to the bishop. William I; William the Conqueror
Skeptical friends, you who have stoutly maintained that there never would be any attempt in this Government to unite church and state, and that no oppressive Sunday laws would ever be here enacted, what have you to say to these things? Seventh Day Adventist Church
It will not be legal for the … citizens to give, sell, or mortgage any burgage or tenement that they hold or shall hold in the same city to a church or to a religious person without the license and consent of the aforesaid bishop and his successors. Henry III
We appoint you our representative with the power of canonical coercion to seek and receive in our name from whichever justiciars, viscounts, and bailiffs of the lord king or of anyone else, and also to seek and receive from whomsoever regardless of their name or office, all clerks who, for reason of felonies, crimes, or excesses, have been indicted or are about to be indicted, have been seized or are about to be seized, have been incarcerated or are about to be incarcerated for any reason, or have been detained or are about to be detained in custody or in chains; you shall seek and receive such clerks who by right ought to be and are able to be brought before us to receive justice in the ecclesiastical court according to the canonical sanctions. Roger Martival
Adopt the laws of God…until there is time to frame better Vermont
It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage, and such only, as he believes to be acceptable to him. James Madison
Kentucky has a strong separationist constitution, but Kentucky politicians and the general public have been terribly remiss by ignoring those provisions. The state also has religious groups wanting public money and politicians wanting the votes of religious people, which makes for strong temptations on both sides. Paul D. Simmons
The power of the state lawfully to control the religious and other activities of children is greater than its power over similar activities of adults Frank Murphy
The custody, care and nurture of the child reside first in the parents, whose primary function and freedom include preparation for obligations the state can neither supply nor hinder... And it is in recognition of this that these decisions have respected the private realm of family life which the state cannot enter. Wiley Blount Rutledge Jr.
God wants people to be free. That is part of my foreign policy. George W. Bush
I don’t want the choice in Pakistan to be between military dictatorship and religious dictatorship Benazir Bhutto
This wicked system is based on freedom of religion and belief and freedom of speech and separation of religion and politics. Democracy is heresy itself. Abu Musab Zarqawi
Inasmuch as the said Aaron Lopez hath declared himself by religion a Jew, this assembly doth not admit himself and any other of that religion to the full freedom of this Colony. So that the said Aaron Lopez nor any other of said religion is not liable to be chosen into any office of this Colony or allowed to give vote as a free man in choosing others. Rhode Island
The free and quiet enjoyment of the Christian religion and a desire for propagating the same were the principle views with which this colony was settled and … no person who does not profess the Christian religion can be admitted free as a voter or office holder in this colony. Rhode Island
The church knows that an educated man is an unbeliever. That is why there is a continual struggle on the part of the clergy to adulterate education with superstition. To maintain their untenable position they must keep the people shackled to a form of mental slavery. Joseph Lewis
I can take the opportunity of again stating to you as my fixed opinion that with Governor Young at the head of the Indian Department in this territory, it cannot be conducted in such a manner to meet with the views of or do justice to the government. He has been so much in the habit of exercising his will which is supreme here, that no one will dare oppose anything he may say or do. His orders are obeyed without regard to their consequences and whatever is in the interest of the Mormons is done whether it is according to the interest of the government or not. Jacob H. Holeman
Ours is an Islamic system that takes action where the state fails to act. Abdul Rashid Ghazi
There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: 'Mine!' Abraham Kuijper
Cease all interference in the religion, society, politics, and governance of the Muslims world. And leave us alone to establish the Islamic shura state, which will unite the Muslims of Earth in truth and justice …. Put an end to all forms of interference in the education curricula and information media of the Islamic world, and impose a blanket ban on all broadcasts to our region, especially those designed to alter or destroy the faith, minds, morals, and values, of our people. Adam Yahiye Gadahn
The Dali Llama uses religion to intervene in politics. Wen Jiabao
I believe in the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments. Pennsylvania
No creed of religion can sustain unsullied purity, or support its high destination, which is mingled with the corruptions of human government. Christianity is in its essence, its doctrine, and its forms, republican. It teaches our descent from a common parent; in inculcates the natural equality in mankind; and it points to our origin and our end, to our nativity and our graves, to our immortal destinies, as illustrations of this impressive truth. But at an early period it was pressed into the service of the potentates of the earth; the unnatural union of church and state was consummated; and the scepter of Constantine was supported by the cross of Jesus. The light of knowledge was shut out from the general mass, and confined to the select organs of tyranny; and man was for ages enveloped in the thickest gloom of intellectual and moral darkness DeWitt Clinton
The freedom of all faiths, and non faiths, is best protected when government does not give its blessings to any. Louisville Courier Journal
What is crucial is that a government practice not have the effect of communicating a message of governmental endorsement or disapproval of religion. Sandra Day O'Connor
Churches are excluded from the affairs of government. Important, discretionary, governmental powers may not be delegated to or shared with religious institutions. Warren E. Burger
The First Amendment mandates governmental neutrality between religion and religion and between religion and non-religion. Abe Fortas
The Founders fashioned a charter which envisioned the widest possible tolerance of conflicting religious systems William O. Douglas
The First Amendment’s purpose was to create a complete and permanent separation of the spheres of religious activity and civil authority by comprehensively forbidding every form of public aid or support for religion. Wiley Blount Rutledge Jr.
Government may not assist in the fight to keep Christ in Christmas. Raymond J. Pettine
Religious observances should never be held in a public school or introduced into the public school as part of its program. Presbyterian Church
Typical Christmas observances in schools tend toward indoctrination and degenerate into meaningless ritual…. Public schools need not ignore Christmas. They do not lack the imagination to utilize legitimate curricular … means to turn a troublesome event into a valuable educational experience. Robert K. Menzel
The churches of the Presbyterians, Baptists, and Methodists were not open. They do not accept Christmas as a holy day, but the Episcopal, Catholic and German churches were all open and decked with evergreens. New York Times
There will necessarily be a tension between the church and tradition on one hand and human rights on the other. Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
What influence in fact have ecclesiastical establishments had on Civil Society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the Civil authority; in many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny: in no instance have they been seen the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty, may have found an established Clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just Government instituted to secure & perpetuate it needs them not. James Madison
Religion & Government. will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together James Madison
Happily for us, there was no church strong enough to dictate to the rest. Fortunately for us, the colonists not only, but the colonies differed widely in their religious views. There were the Puritans who hated the Episcopalians, and Episcopalians who hated the Catholics, and the Catholics who hated both, while the Quakers held them all in contempt. There they were, of every sort, and color and kind, and how was it that they came together? They had a common aspiration. They wanted to form a new nation. More than that, most of them cordially hated Great Britain; and they pledged each other to forget these religious prejudices, for a time at least, and agreed that there should be only one religion until they got through, and that was the religion of patriotism. They solemnly agreed that the new nation should not belong to any particular church, but that it should secure the rights of all. Robert G. Ingersoll
There shall be no establishment of any one religious sect in this State in preference to another; and no clergyman or preacher of the gospel, of any denomination, shall be capable of holding any civil once in this State, or of being a member of either of the branches of the legislature, while they continue in the exercise of the pastoral function. Delaware
All such of the said statutes and acts aforesaid, or parts thereof, as may be construed to establish or maintain any particular denomination of Christians or their ministers, or concern the allegiance heretofore yielded to, and the supremacy, sovereignty, government, or prerogatives claimed or exercised by, the King of Great Britain and his predecessors, over the colony of New York and its inhabitants, or are repugnant to this constitution, be, and they hereby are, abrogated and rejected. New York State
I may not be smart enough to debate you point-for-point on this, but I have the feeling about 60% of what you say is crap. David Letterman
Unless timely care be used to prevent it we shall not have bibles for our Schools, & families, & for the publick Worship of God in our Churches. We therefore, think it our Duty to our Country & to the Churches of Christ to lay this design before this honourable house, humbly requesting that under your care, & by your encouragement, a Copy of the holy Bible may be printed, so as to be sold nearly as cheap as the Common Bibles, formerly imported from Britain & Ireland William Marshall; John Ewing; Francis Alison
It is you who have called us unto this office; but being thus called we have our authority from God; John Winthrop
The great leaders of the American Revolution were determined to remove political support from every religious establishment. Felix Frankfurter
I have no right, for the sake of carrying a measure, or stirring up excitement, or swaying the popular opinion, to urge, as a matter of universal obligation, what God has left as a matter to be decided by every man’s conscience Francis Wayland
I remark that Providence seems to make every Thing to work for Mortification to the Jews & to prevent their incorporating into any Nation; that thus they may continue a distinct people. Ezra Stiles
I say that this is a dirty, filthy book, and the test of it is that no human being would allow that book on his table, no decently educated English husband would allow even his wife to have it…the object of it is to enable a person to have sexual intercourse, and not to have that which in the order of Providence is the natural result of that sexual intercourse. That is the only purpose of the book and all the instruction in the other parts of the book leads up to that proposition. Hardinge Gifford; 1st Earl of Halsbury
Instead of useful members of the state, they [ministers] ought to be considered enemies of the community, ... and very justly deserved to be punished with signal severity . Patrick Henry
I have chief charge of you under God, both of your souls and bodies. Henry VIII
All pleas between clergymen and laymen shall be tried in the king's court .… All clergymen, when accused of any crime, shall be tried in the king's courts …. All prelates, who hold baronies of the king, shall perform the same services with other barons. Henry II
It is not permitted the archbishops, bishops, and priests of the kingdom to leave the kingdom without the lord king's permission. Henry II
It is God’s will that the United States not be a nation of followers. Mitt Romney
I'm not intolerant. I just know what it says in The Scriptures. Jesse Helms
Religious institutions ought to have something to say about the normative values of society. Bryan Hehir
The duty of the church is to march to the ballot box, an army of Christ, with the banners of the cross, and deposit, as she can, a million votes for her true representative … Gilbert Haven
With Government funding comes regulation. Alcee Hastings
Turn a Christian society into an established church and it is no longer a voluntary assembly for the worship of God; it is a powerful corporation full of such sentiments and passions as usually distinguish these bodies: a dread of innovation, an attachment to abuses, a propensity to tyranny and oppression. Robert Hall (minister)
Whenever the clergy succeeded in conquering political power in any country the result has been disastrous to the interests of religion and inimical to the progress of humanity. James Connolly
All persons are hereby fervently exhorted, to observe the Lord's Day, commonly called Sunday, and thereon constantly to attend the worship of GOD…. it is hereby enjoined, that all magistrates, and others whom it may concern, be very vigilant and exact in discovering, prosecuting, and punishing all persons who shall be guilty of profanation of the Lord's Day, commonly called Sunday, blasphemy, profane swearing or cursing, drunkenness, lewdness, or other dissolute or immoral practices John Dickenson
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. Thomas Paine
It is of the utmost danger to society to make it (religion) a party in political disputes …. Mingling religion with politics may be disavowed and reprobated by every inhabitant of America. Thomas Paine
They (the Vatican) underestimated the Chinese Communist Party. I didn’t obey the directive of Rome. Let the Catholic Church survive. Aloysius Jin Luxian
America’s secular saint. David McCullough
Animated by an abiding faith in an ancient and modern custom, I appoint Friday, the 25th day of March, next, as a day of Fasting and Prayer, and I recommend that it be so observed by our people in their homes and in their places of public worship in remembrance of those ancestors who founded this commonwealth, and in communion of spirit with the Author of All Good in whom, Saint Paul said, we live, and move, and have our being. Wilbur Lucius Cross
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It is hereby enjoined, that all magistrates, and others whom it may concern, be very vigilant and exact in discovering, prosecuting, and punishing all persons who shall be guilty of profanation of the Lord's Day, commonly called Sunday, blasphemy, profane swearing or cursing, drunkenness, lewdness, or other dissolute or immoral practices; that they suppress all gaming houses, and other disorderly houses; John Dickinson
The First Amendment forbids the setting up of recognition of a state church of special favors and advantages which are denied to others Thomas McIntire Cooley
You can't bring Saudi Arabia into Canada. Zijad Delic
A secular state can offer security to Muslims since it is compatible with acknowledging that religion is important and, that in a religiously plural environment the state does not allow believers in one religious tradition to enjoy a privileged status. All are citizens with equal rights. Allama Maulana Qamaruzzaman Azmi
The defendant's proposition that the requirement of Christians and Jews to pay jizyah (poll tax) constitutes a reversal of humanity's efforts to establish a better world is contrary to the divine verses on the question of jizyah, in a manner considered by some, inappropriate, even for temporal matters and judgments notwithstanding its inappropriateness when dealing with the Koran and Sunnah, whose texts represent the pinnacle of humane and generous treatment of non-Muslim minorities Egypt
The use of Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer to create stem cells does not constitute "human reproductive cloning" and that the donor compensation program does not improperly make grant funds available to be "directly or indirectly utilized" for such cloning. Elizabeth A. Garry
The politics of religion pursued in a large number of societies called Muslim make too many concessions to the forces of traditionalism, while favoring the adoption of all the benefits of material civilization. This results in dangerous mental cleavages, increasing backwardness in the systems of education, fruitless self-censorship, and the impoverishment of creativity in various domains of intellectual and cultural life. Mohammed Arkoun
The purpose of the law is to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahomedan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination. Thomas Jefferson
… religious and royal authority are united in Islam, so that the person in charge can devote the available strength to both religion and politics at the same time. The other religious groups do not have a universal mission Ibn Khaldun
Well aware that Jesus Christ hath created the mind free … Patrick Henry
Eventually an effective political ideology cannot be based on any certain religion. Religion can offer some contribution, but an entire political activism cannot be oriented in accordance with religion. Political history of this region has the example of religion-based politics attempted in Pakistan and it failed. Not only in Islam, people in other religions of many regions try to keep on politics based on religion. It's not right. Ziaur Rahman
You are more noble in your wisdom. You are more awe inspiring in the dignity of your kingdom. The well-being of the churches of Christ rests on you alone. Flaccus of York (Alcuin of York)
Activists for retrograde social policy live in a world where if you don’t tell teenagers about contraception, they won’t have sex. But that world is not reality, and that fantastical view of human behavior should not dictate sex education policy in ... public schools. Yet it does. Salt Lake Tribune
No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true Socialist Pius XI
The government was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions or favor one over another … We would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in Lower Manhattan. Michael Bloomberg
Our ministers are well paid, and by my consent should be better if they would pray oftener and preach less. William Berkeley
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut Thomas Hooker
We shall take the Scopes case to the United States Supreme Court if necessary to establish that a teacher may tell the truth without being thrown in jail. Roger Nash Baldwin
The last king should be strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Jean Meslier
Although it seems that religion and politics should be completely opposed and contradict each other in their principles and their maxims, they nevertheless get on very well, …they defend and support each other. Religion backs up the government, terrible though it may be; conversely, the government backs up religion, dumb and vain though it may be…. the priests … strongly recommend to everyone to obey magistrates, princes and sovereigns, as established by God to rule the others, under pain of curse and eternal damnation; …princes have their people pay respect to priests, and give those priests good salaries and revenues, and maintain them in the vain and abusive office of their fake ministry. They compel the people to regard as sacred and holy everything those ministers do … There again, this is the way abuses, errors, superstition, delusion and deceit have established themselves in the world, and how they remain in spite of all the misfortunes that they cause to the poor peoples… Jean Meslier
Somebody’s got to stand up against these experts. John Donald McLeroy
Religious freedom in the American sense, incorporating the separation of church and state, has been the pivotal concept of the national development of the United States of America. Joseph L. Blau
In Islam, there is no difference between the state and the religion. The religion is the state, the state is the religion Brigitte Gabriel
Police officers and firefighters simply have no right to recuse themselves from having to protect persons of whose activities they disapprove for religious (or any other) reasons Richard A. Posner
God doesn’t want me to do this, so I can’t do what God doesn’t want me to do Rose Marie Belforti
If we leave our values at the door, we give up some of the moral glue that has held our country together Barack Obama
In a religious conflict, there is no room for political compromise. Mathew Bell
If they wanted a Christian state, they could have done it. They were writing the rules. They could have put God in the rules. Richard Brookhiser
Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. George Washington
Religion has no business to formulate social laws and insist on the difference between beings, because its aim and end is to obliterate all such fictions and monstrosities. Swami Vivekananda; Narendra Nath
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business. I live by the golden rule: Treat others as you'd want them to treat you. The religious right wants to tell people how to live. Jesse Ventura
I believe in the separation of church and state... We all have our own religious beliefs. There are people out there who are atheists, who don't believe at all... They are all citizens of Minnesota and I have to respect that. Jesse Ventura
The ruler should always be thirsting to meet devout religious scholars and ask them for advice. Mohammed Al-Ghazali Al-Saqqa
… to claim the President of the United States must hold your theological position is absurd. He is President of the United States of America not the President of the Baptist convention or Bishop of the Sanctified or Holiness Church. He is called to protect the rights of Jew and Gentile, male and female, young and old Otis Moss
There’s no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible. Sean O'Casey
If the unbelievers don't want this to pass, and even if they oppose it, the universe will be in the hands of the Muslims. Mahmud Esad Cosan
It is not befitting for a believing man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger, to have any option about their decision Muhammad
An Islamic democracy is not intended to be a "theo-democracy," but a democratic system founded upon an Islamic moral framework, devoted to preserving Islamic ideals of pluralism and human rights as they were introduced in Medina, and open to the inevitable process of political secularization. There can be no question as to where sovereignty in such a system would rest. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people can be established or demolished solely through the will of the people. After all, it is human beings who create laws, not God. Even laws based on divine scripture require human interpretation in order to be applied in the world. In any case, sovereignty necessitates the ability not just to make laws but to enforce them. Save for the occasional plague, that is a power God rarely chooses to wield on earth. Reza Aslan
We wrestle with the political issues of who has stewardship over life. Harold T. Lewis
Everybody has a right to petition their government and petition it in terms that are relevant to themselves…. Everyone has the right to speak their mind. If your mind is faith-based, then speak that way. Joseph I. Lieberman
Religion must be disciplined by democracy. Jim Wallis
They [Americans] all attributed the peaceful dominion of religion in their country mainly to the separation of church and state. I do not hesitate to affirm that during my stay in America I did not meet a single individual, of the clergy or the laity, who was not of the same opinion on this point. Alexis de Tocqueville
I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good. … Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism. Randall Terry
Today's age of politicized and intolerant Christianism seems to me to be one of those moments when Christianity has estranged itself most thoroughly from the priorities and spirit of its founder. But this will pass. Christianity will survive . Andrew Sullivan
Absent a national church, Christianity has frequently provided an invisible mortar for our culture and a common vocabulary for our great debates. Ross Douthat
In 1776 our fathers endeavored to retire the gods from politics …. It was a notice to all churches and priests that thereafter mankind would govern and protect themselves. Politically … it appealed from the Providence of God to the Providence of Man. Robert G. Ingersoll
America, Britain and most of the European countries may call themselves secular but they promote a Christian agenda along with their foreign policies. Pandita Indrani; Pandita Indrani
It appears to me as a great joke, but one which will educate the public and thus reduce the number of bigots. Luther Burbank
There is a fundamental difference in the perspectives from which Islam and the West view the matter of human rights. The Western perspective may ... be called anthropocentric and the perspective of Islam is theocentric - God conscious... In essence, the believer has only obligations or duties towards God since he is called upon to obey the Divine Law. Paradoxically, in these duties lie all the rights and freedoms Allah Bukhsh K. Brohi
While the ramifications of such a law and the results of the Court's decision here may be personally troubling to me as parent, it is my obligation as a judge to impartially apply the laws of this state without imposing my moral view on the decisions of the Legislature. Aberto Gonzales
The policies of the Democratic Party are not consistent with the philosophy of Liberty University. Liberty University
Is it not proven beyond all dispute that there is no limit to the enormities which men will commit when they are once persuaded that they are keepers of other men's consciences? To spread religion by any means, and to crush heresy by all means is the practical inference from the doctrine that one man may control another's religion. Given the duty of a state to foster some one form of faith, and by the sure inductions of our nature slowly but certainly persecution will occur. To prevent for ever the possibility of Papists roasting Protestants, Anglicans hanging Romish priests, and Puritans flogging Quakers, let every form of state-churchism be utterly abolished, and the remembrance of the long curse which it has cast upon the world be blotted out for ever. Charles Spurgeon
All significant concepts of the modern theory of the state are secularized theological concepts. Carl Schmitt
If society — if the state gives the rights, it can take them away — they're not inalienable. If the states give the rights, they can change them and manipulate them. But this was not the view of the founding fathers of this country. They believed, although not all of them were individual Christians, that there was a Creator and that this Creator gave the inalienable rights … Francis Schaeffer
If he that would summon a Parliament be of the Signoria let his head be cut off; if he be not of it, let him be proclaimed a rebel and all his goods confiscated; ... should the Signoria seek to call a Parliament ... all may cut them to pieces without sin. Girolamo Savonarola
I announce to you that your life is near its end; that if you obey not my words, you will go to hell, and this letter will be brought up against you before the judgment-seat of God, and leave you no way of escape. Girolamo Savonarola
Do you wish to be free? Then above all things, love God, love your neighbor, love one another, love the common weal; then you will have true liberty. Girolamo Savonarola
Portugal was born in the shadow of the Catholic Church and religion, from the beginning it was the formative element of the soul of the nation and the dominant trait of character of the Portuguese people. Antonio de Oliveira Salazar
The French people recognizes the Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul. The first day of every month is to be dedicated to the eternal. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
I look to religion as a beehive. If you leave them alone they’re going to give you tons of their honey. But if you stick your head in there, you’re going to get stung bad. Lyndon B. Johnson
Religions are manipulated in order to serve those who govern society and not the other way around. Gore Vidal
One of my jobs in the White House was to romance religious leaders. Charles Colson
The religious right needs to adapt to the reality of modern pluralism. Charles Colson
It is statute that no cleric having the means of an honorable livelihood according to his own calling engage in secular pursuits, especially by trading … or by leasing farms … allow himself to be withdrawn from spiritual exercises to the neglect of the proper cure of souls. John Hamilton
I don't think any government can be just if it does not somehow have a contact with the Omnipotent God. Warren G. Harding
… the all-pervading influence of clericalism rendered good government well-nigh impossible. Under its influence the colonial organizations consisted of sundry independent jurisdictions, incompatible with the preservation of order in any community …. There was the church establishment with its bishop or archbishop, in no way subordinate to the civil power. There were the various regular orders, -- Franciscans, Dominicans, Augustinians, Jesuits, etc., -- bitterly jealous of one another and prompt to quarrel, exempt from episcopal jurisdiction, and subject only to their respective superiors or to the Pope Henry Charles Lea
When I ordered my royal penitent to do or to leave undone anything, under penalty of mortal sin, I was obeyed; Gaspar de Cordoba
The royal confessor was ex officio a member of the Council of State, and under a weak monarch his influence was almost unbounded. Henry Charles Lea
I don’t see how a person can separate his public life from his private life and faith. Paul Ryan
For the government to sponsor the symbols of one particular religion is to derogate the belongingness of citizens of other faiths or no faith. Further, to take the most sacred symbols of one religious group and desacralize them as just one in a row of secular folk symbols like Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a great loss to the religious groups that view these symbols as sacred. Dean Maurice Kelley
What is crucial is that a government practice not have the effect of communicating a message of governmental endorsement or disapproval of religion. Sandra Day O'Connor
Government may not assist in the fight to keep Christ in Christmas. Raymond James Pettine
The First Amendment mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and non-religion. Abe Fortas
The state must be steadfastly neutral in all matters of faith, and neither favor nor inhibit religion. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Churches are excluded from the affairs of government…. Important, discretionary powers may not delegated to or shared with religious institutions. Warren E. Burger
Government has no more right to help us Christians flaunt our beliefs than it has to suppress any faith. Jim Hampton
The First Amendment does not select any one group or any one type of religion for preferred treatment. William O. Douglas
… the object was broader than separating church and state in this narrow sense. It was to create a complete and permanent separation of the spheres of religious activity and civil authority by comprehensively forbidding every form of public aid or support for religion. Wiley Blount Rutledge Jr.
It is not a sufficient answer to say that the Jewish child need not join in the singing or the pageant if he does not want to. It is unfair and unconscionable to place on the child the burden of isolating himself from his classmates, to stand alone during the festivities and preparations for them which in many schools occupy practically all the time in December. Leo Pfeffer
To the millions of non-Christians who live in this country, “our” culture is not their culture and they have not assimilated Christmas carols. Most people take their religion far too seriously to look upon religious songs as forms of art only. The day “Silent Night” is sung in Buddhist Temples and Jewish Synagogues throughout the United States is the day that “Silent Night” will have been assimilated into “our” culture.” American Civil Liberties Union
Since the association of seasonal activities with religious activities in the public schools tends to pervert their religious significance, such association be discouraged as foreign to the purpose of the public schools. Presbyterian Church
The First Amendment is one of the great treasures of Western culture. It’s one of the reasons that people are attracted here. It’s one of the reasons I came here. Salman Rushdie
The Christian religion must be in a very sad state in Narragansett if it needs to rely on the public schools to relay its message. Steven Brown
Christmas may have many general folk elements are popular with children. But sincere and thoughtful Christians will surely agree that Christmas is primarily a religious festival…. The practice of calling on Jewish children to join in the singing of Christmas carols, to take part in Christmas plays … must be regarded as an infringement on their rights as Americans. Rabbinical Assembly of America
The liberal use of Christian symbols at community celebrations was an affront to the non-Christian residents, who felt that they could not participate equally and felt less favored. William B. Waits
Typical Christmas observances in schools tend towards indoctrination and degenerate into meaningless ritual; weaken the witness of the church when it surrenders its peculiar functions to any agency of the state; and puts the public school into competition with the church. Robert K. Menzel
Calvin Coolidge inaugurated the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 1923. The reasons for it were completely secular. The Electric Companies wanted to encourage electric lights on Christmas trees. So did the insurance companies since so many fires occurred as a result of lighted candles [on trees]. Albert J. Menendez
Whether or not it is constitutionally permissible to include a crèche (or religious symbol of any faith) in the Pageant, it is certainly not required. For some American who are not Christians—American Jews, Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists—the inclusion of the crèche in the pageant is perceived as an indication that they are, at least to this extent, less than fully equal. For some Christians, inclusion of a crèche in a secular Christmas pageant borders on sacrilege. Joel H. Levy
It is amazing the abandon with which Presbyterian Scotland celebrates the Christmas festival, now restored in popular favor after 400 years of virtual banishment. London Times
Christmas day shall be a legal holiday. Alabama
The greater part of the citizens of Pennsylvania pay no regard to such days as Christmas. Philadelphia Democratic Press
If we can not have our Christmas day, then we would have the King back on his throne. Anonymous
We may find that we are not always striving to preserve the same type of life, of even the same nation. Shani Boianjiu
This is a Christian country. Why, so is hell. Mark Twain
Religions are manipulated in order to serve those who govern society and not the other way around Gore Vidal
The Protestant Church is regarded by the great mass of the Irish people as an active cause of oppression and misery. Henry George Grey
How the hell do I know. I’ve changed my mind so many times. Kaitlin Nootbaar
… government policy should favor married couples over cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators, Working women … are detrimental to the family man's basic nature is inclined towards evil, and when the exercise of liberty takes the shape of pornography, drug abuse, or homosexuality, the government must restrain, punish, and deter Bob McDonnell
With us, the State is undoubtedly on solid ground in refusing to decide what type of religion is best for society. Society is left free to work out the problem. And here is a curious and pertinent matter for remark: that the Stale is the only department of civilization which, by common consent, is denied this privilege. William Miller Gamble
We could also secure that the world's population should be stationary if we were not prevented by the political influence of churches which prefer war, pestilence, and famine to contraception. Bertrand; 3rd Earl of Kingston
We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism. Benjamin Rush
When the question of the new coinage came up we looked into the law and found there was no warrant therein for putting 'In God We Trust' on the coins. As the custom, although without legal warrant, had grown up, however, I might have felt at liberty to keep the inscription had I had approved of its being on the coinage. But as I did not approve of it, I did not direct that it should again be put on. Of course the matter of the law is absolutely in the hands of Congress, and any direction of Congress in the matter will be immediately obeyed. At present, as I have said, there is no warrant in law for the inscription. Theodore Roosevelt
Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn't place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible. Jamie B. Raskin
To claim equal time for creation science in biology classes is about as sensible as to claim equal time for the flat-earth theory in astronomy classes. Or, as someone has pointed out, you might as well claim equal time in sex education classes for the stork theory. Richard Dawkins
… we are marching backward to the glorious ages of the sixteenth century when bigots lighted fagots to burn the men who dared to bring any intelligence and enlightenment and culture to the human mind. Clarence Darrow
If today you can take a thing like evolution and make it a crime to teach it in the public school, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in the private schools, and the next year you can make it a crime to teach it to the hustings or in the church. At the next session you may ban books and the newspapers. Clarence Darrow
The freedom of religion and of religious conscience is at the core of democratic development. Condoleeza Rice
The first Christians, avoiding the Pagan tribunals, tried most even of their civil causes before the bishop, who, though he had no direct coercive power, yet, wielding the sword of excommunication, had wherewithal to enforce the execution of his judgments. Thus the bishop had a considerable sway in temporal affairs, even before he was owned by the temporal power. Edmund Burke
Pakistan’s military and intelligence services have, for decades, used religious parties for recruits. Benazir Bhutto
… hedge or wall of Separation between the Garden of the Church and the Wilderness of the World Roger Williams
Enforced uniformity confounds civil and religious liberty and denies the principles of Christianity and civility. No man shall be required to worship or maintain a worship against his will. Roger Williams
The church state-wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach. Hugo Black
I have read ... the last will and testament of the Lord Jesus over many times, and yet I cannot find by one title of that testament that if He had been pleased to have accepted of a temporal crown and government that ever He would have put forth the least finger of temporal or civil power in the matters of His spiritual affairs and Kingdom. Hence must it lamentably be against the testimony of Christ Jesus for the civil state to impose upon the souls of the people a religion, a worship, a ministry, oaths (in religious and civil affairs), tithes, times, days, marryings, and buryings in holy ground... Roger Williams
God needeth not the help of a material sword of steel to assist the sword of the Spirit in the affairs of conscience. Roger Williams
God requireth not a uniformity of religion to be enacted and enforced in any civil state; which enforced uniformity (sooner or later) is the greatest occasion of civil war, ravishing of conscience, persecution of Christ Jesus in his servants, and of the hypocrisy and destruction of millions of souls. Roger Williams
It is a political Islamist-free zone. We don’t want your political Islam here. Go mess up another country. Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi
Training for religious professions and training for secular professions are not fungible. Training someone to lead a congregation is an essentially religious endeavor. Indeed, majoring in devotional theology is akin to a religious calling as well as an academic pursuit William Rehnquist
The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion it will cease to be free for religion—except for the sect that can win political power. Robert Houghwout Jackson
The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion it will cease to be free for religion—except for the sect that can win political power. Robert Houghwout Jackson
Limits begin to operate whenever activities begin to affect or collide with liberties of others or of the public. Religious activities which concern only members of the faith are and ought to be free -- as nearly absolutely free as anything can be. But beyond these, many religious denominations or sects engage in collateral and secular activities intended to obtain means from unbelievers to sustain the worshippers and their leaders. They raise money not merely by passing the plate to those who voluntarily attend services or by contributions by their own people, but by solicitations and drives addressed to the public by holding public dinners and entertainments, by various kinds of sales and Bingo games and lotteries. All such money-raising activities on a public scale are, I think, Caesar's affairs, and may be regulated by the state so long as it does not discriminate against one because he is doing them for a religious purpose and the regulation is not arbitrary and capricious, in violation of other provisions of the Constitution. Robert Houghwout Jackson
Intuitive faith and reasoned judgment are not the same. Spirit is not always thought. But, in the everyday business of living, secular or otherwise, these variant aspects of personality find inseparable expression in a thousand ways. They cannot be altogether parted in law more than in life. Robert Houghwout Jackson
My evangelical brethren confuse an objection to compulsion to an objection to religion. It is possible to hold a faith with enough confidence to believe that what should be rendered to God does not need to be decided and collected by Caesar Robert Houghwout Jackson
George W. Bush is the founder of the first American religious party. Kevin Phillips
The punishment for new thought or expressing a different opinion is death Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
There are those who maintain that democracy is the rule of the people, but we want the rule of Allah. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
Who Needs Christ During Christmas? Nobody. American Atheists
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers John Jay
Massachusetts we look at as the home of liberal democracy. In the 16th century, it was the home of repressive theology. Margaret Atwood
American foreign policy towards Egypt, even before the Arab Spring, was tentative. When the Muslim Brotherhood moved against the NGOs—many of whom were American, President Obama, instead of raising Hell, raised questions. Hisham Melhem
The Middle East is a region where extremists go all the way and moderates just go away. Thomas Friedman
Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture Muhammad Iqbal
We don't have a Jewish state here. We have Sodom and Gomorrah here. Moshe Gafni
Any school district or charter school which provides instruction relating to the theory of evolution by natural selection shall be required to have a policy on parental notification and a mechanism where a parent can choose to remove the student from any part of the district’s or school’s instruction on evolution. The policy shall require the school district or charter school to notify the parent or legal guardian of each student enrolled in the district of : (1) The basic content of the district’s or school’s evolution instruction to be provided to the student; and (2) The parent’s right to remove the student from any part of the district’s or school’s evolution instruction. Rick Brattin
Islam is a totalitarian ideology. It rules every aspect of life — economics, family law, whatever. It has religious symbols, it has a God, it has a book — but it’s not a religion. It can be compared with totalitarian ideologies like Communism or fascism. There is no country where Islam is dominant where you have a real democracy, a real separation between church and state. Geert Wilders
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. James Anthony Froude
If you want Islam to be an agent of salvation, you must rule….. Islam has come to govern and run life in a proper fashion …. Islam without government and a Moslem nation without Islam are meaningless. Sayyid Qutb
This is my compass, my North Star, it gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas. The Bible is not a rule book for political issues … everybody can see it differently Mark Pryor
These call themselves the Supreme Court? They're worthless. They should be put in a bottom court … for them [God] created all of the torments in the world. Everything that [the people of] Israel suffer from, is just for these evil people. Empty and reckless... What do they know? One of our children of 7–8 years knows better than they how to learn Torah. Who says that the nation wants such judges, such evil [ones]... They have no religion and no law. All of them have sex with Niddot. All of them desecrate the Sabbath. Ovadia Yosef
… the growth of the political independence of Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim groups from the institutions of government has allowed them to exercise greater leverage over the state and the development of more activist political theologies. G. John Ikenberry
Although you take precedence over all mankind in dignity, nevertheless you piously bow the neck to those who have charge of divine affairs and seek from them the means of your salvation. Gelasius I
There is a difference … between the demise of morality laws and the demise of morality Jonathan Turley
Universal adult—including female—suffrage under proportional representation, the right of referendum, the election of judges, the separation of church and state Length of working day fixed at 8 hours, regulations on the conditions of work, right to form trade unions … Social Democratic Party
The real problem is the awakening of religious extremism and the rabbinate's blatant and zealous strive for power and dominion. They challenge the government and position themselves and the Torah above the law. Shulamit Alon
… from the time of the Mosaic revelation through to the final collapse of Jewish sovereignty, God’s people observed no distinction between civil and religious law. Eric Nelson
The Republic assures liberty of conscience and guaranteed the free exercise of religion, subject to the restrictions of public order. The Republic neither recognizes pays stipends to nor subsidizes any sect but provides funds for colleges, hospitals, and asylum chaplains. Otherwise, the public worship budget is abolished and public establishments connected with religion are suppressed. France
Any law that takes hold of a man's daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. Henry Ward Beecher
A good deal of the political battle of the future will be a conflict between religion and unbelief: Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
Bosnia should be a secular state. A non-secular Bosnia would be terror. Alija Izetbegovic
A Protestant population does not willingly allow education to be controlled for it by Catholics … Stephen Lucius Gwynn
It being manifestly apparent that dwelling there be so addicted, partly to their own superstitious ceremonies, partly to the pernicious worship of idols, and to the pestiferous doctrines of the Roman Pontiff, that the whole Irish people may be speedily infected, to their total destruction, by the examples of these persons … English Royal Commission of Henry VIII
Civil divorce is evil, and contraception is evil… a curse upon the country John Charles McQuaid
Contraception Train Anonymous
We Irish have been more concerned with what divides us than what we have in common Jonathan Bardon
I am an Irishman second: I am a Catholic first…. If the [Roman Catholic] hierarchy give me any direction with regard to Catholic social teaching or Catholic moral teaching, I accept without qualification in all respects the reaching of the hierarchy and the church to which I belong. John A. Costello
We desire to repose at the feet of your Holiness the assurance of our filial loyalty of our devotion to your August Person, as well as our firm resolve to be guided in all our work by the teaching of Christ, and to be guided in all our work by the teaching of Christ, and to strive for the attainment of a social order in Ireland based on Christian principles. John A. Costello
Education in regard to motherhood includes instruction in regard to sex relations, chastity and marriage. The State has no competence to give instruction in such matters. We regard with the greatest apprehension the proposal to give to local medical officers the right to tell Catholic girls and women how they should behave in regard to this sphere of conduct at once so delicate and sacred …. Doctors trained in instruction in which we have no confidence may be appointed as medical officers … and may give gynacological care not in accordance with Catholic principles James Staunton
All dance halls, whether or not in the control of the clergy, should close not later than midnight in winter and 1 AM in summer. Joseph Walsh
Already a third and more of England is in the hands of the Pope. There cannot be two temporal sovereigns in one country; either Edward [Edward III] is King or [Pope] Urban is king. We make our choice. We accept Edward of England and refute Urban of Rome. John Wycliffe
The Chief Rabbinate holds a monopoly on all Jewish marriages in Israel. There is no civil marriage, which leaves an Orthodox marriage as the only option for Jewish couples in Israel. Anat Hoffman
The constitution would be based on the rights and duties of man and citizens; on civil liberty and equality; on popular sovereignty by representation; on an energetic and responsible executive government; on a fully unified administration … on the separation of church and state; and the right of the people to revise their own constitution. Willem Anthony Ockerse
I have seen no primary schools worthy to be compared, even now, with those of Holland. Victor Cousin
The Constitution of the State did not recognize the Christian Religion any more than it recognized …. The school board had an obligation as well as a right to keep religious partisanship out of the public schools. Alphonso Taft
I am in the worst hole politically I have ever been in my life. The whole Catholic Church is on my back…. What a lecherous lot of scoundrels the Spanish friars are. Theodore Roosevelt
The Bible states it. It must be so. William Jennings Bryan
The brute theory [evolution] has paralyzed the influence of many of our preachers and undermined the faith of many of our young people in college. William Jennings Bryan
When a Republican tells me that God’s hand is in his, demand to see his credentials. William Jennings Bryan
When a Republican tells me that God’s hand is in his, I demand his credentials. William Jennings Bryan
God should not be made into a celestial party chairman. To most of us, the manipulative invoking of religion to advance a politician or a party is frightening and divisive. The American people will tolerate religious leaders taking positions for or against candidates ... But the American people are leery about large religious organizations, powerful churches, or synagogue groups engaging in such activities …, not as a matter of law or doctrine, but because our innate wisdom and democratic instinct teaches us these things are dangerous. Mario Cuomo
All societies of men, whether we call them states or churches, should make their bond to consist in a common object and a common practice, rather than in a common belief; in other words, their end should be good rather than truth. We may consent to act together, but - we cannot consent to believe together Thomas Arnold
Religion organized in the Church has in times past pursued two lines of action—First, it has secluded itself from the world, gone out of the world, that is, of the State; and, secondly, it has striven to reenter the world as a conqueror, to dominate the world Arnold J. Toynbee
… 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. Lyman Beecher
Christianity is the religion if the West, and their Celestial Dynasty has its own beliefs bestowed by our sacred and wise monarchs, which have enabled our 400 million subjects to be led in an orderly fashion. Our people must not be confused by heresy …. The Chinese and the foreigners must be strictly separated. Qianlong
The presence of four little words [In God We Trust] of reverence on the currency is unremarkable. I doubt if any of the long dead white men who whose portraits appear along with the words would have found them objectionable. They may however, have wondered why they were necessary. Michael Kazin
In God We Trust. United States Congress
As regards religion, the earliest Inca commanded that the Sun should be regarded as supreme god, and that in his temple great sacrifices should be held and thanks should be given, especially for having sent his son [the Inca] to rule them… giving the people to understand that the laws were to be obeyed as the Sun himself commanded it. Fernando de Montesinos
Whenever a Christian has a dispute with a heathen, no matter what the subject in question may be, the quarrel is promptly taken up by the priest, who if he cannot himself intimidate the local officials and compel them to give right to the Christian, represents the case as one of persecution when … it is appealed. Then is redress rigorously extorted, without the least reference to the justice of the demand. Arthur H. Smith
It is not Islam the religion that is generating discord. Rather the problem is a deep disagreement among Muslims over the degree to which Islam ought to shape the laws and institutions of society…. the ongoing competition over what constitutes good public order has polarized them, creating vicious enmities that resist compromise. John M. Owen IV
Catholics and Protestants remained faithful to their religions, but stopped thinking of them in zero-sum terms and gradually embraced the separation between church and state. John M. Owen IV
Secularism is the crucial difference between Turkey and the rest of the Muslim world. Ahmet T. Kuru
Liberalism cannot hold within it Islamism. Liberal secularists and Islamists hold irreconcilable worldviews. Shadi Hamid
We have a threefold primary responsibility. Number 1: Get people saved. Number 2: Get them baptized. Number 3: Get them registered to vote. Jerry Falwell
If they’re [homosexuals are] not going to get eternal benefits in Heaven, why should we give them government rewards here on this earth? I don’t think we should. Gordon Klingenschmitt
We did not win the war with prayers, but with the blood of our soldiers.. Kemal Ataturk
Every time we have toppled a secular dictator (in the Middle East), it has been replaced by a chaos and the rise of radical Islam…. Intervention has unintended consequences Rand Paul
It was conceptually impossible before the year 1700, about, for anybody in the world to say when religion began and politics ended. Karen Armstrong
I’m trying to be a real Muslim, who respects others and respects the freedom of the people to choose their own religious denominations or even to not believe in God in the first place. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
I believe it is easier to change the Constitution than to change the word of the living God. Mike Huckabee
We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Mike Huckabee
Watching ducks land on a lake in Arkansas in the winter is about the closest to Heaven as you can find on this earth… and as someone who believes, according to my faith, I will go to Heaven when I die, I am pretty sure that there is duck hunting in Heaven! Mike Huckabee
I didn't get into politics because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn't have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives…. I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ. Mike Huckabee
For the love of the Faith [Islam] I became enemies of the Hindus and pagans. Babur; Zahir ud-Din Muhammad
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 powers, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one Benjamin Franklin
When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one. Benjamin Franklin
The President is the Theologian in Chief. Pat Robertson
If churches want to play the game of politics, let them pay admission like everyone else. George Carlin
Instead of school busing and prayer in schools, which are both controversial, why not a joint solution? Prayer in buses. Just drive these kids around all day and let them pray their fuckn' empty little heads off. George Carlin
Many military service chaplains are behaving more like commissars. They are making people loyal to an ideology rather than to a democratic state. Chris Hedges
In this new democratic stage of Tunisian history, the question is no longer one of secularism verses religion: the state no longer imposes secularism through repression... Rached Ghannouchi
We [the Ennnahada Party] believe that no political party can or should represent religion and that the religious sphere should be managed by independent and [politically] nuetural institutions. Rached Ghannouchi
The genuine separation of mosque and state and the effective governance of religious institutions will facilitate better religious education and reintroduce moderate Islamic thinking... Rached Ghannouchi
These day schools did invaluable service in the days of the Colony and Commonwealth, and, indeed, in the early days of the Republic; but to their continuation must undoubtedly be ascribed the tardy recognition of the government and people of the fact that no agency for the education of the masses is as effective as the public school.... There is not one public school building owned by the government or by any city or township. Walter F. Walker
It was the general opinion of ancient nations, that the divinity alone was adequate to the important office of giving laws to men…. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service [creating the U. S. Constitution] had any interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of heaven, any more than those at work upon ships or houses, or labouring in merchandize or agriculture: it will for ever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses. John Adams
All religions in France are subject to the rules of secularism. Marine Le Pen
Secularism is how we handled religious conflicts that had plunged our country into a bloodbath. Marine Le Pen
When it came to the burning of witches, Germany was home to a kind of pre-Holocaust, where at least 100,000 people were executed for witchcraft, usually by public burning. Nigel Cawthorne
The separation of church and state was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country. Jerry Falwell
Everie man and woman duly twice a day upon the first towling of the Bell shall upon the working daies repaire unto the Church, to hear divine Service upon pain of losing his or her dayes allowance for the first omission, for the sec- ond to be whipt, and for the third to be condemned to the Gallies for six Moneths. Likewise no man or woman shall dare to violate or breake the Sabboth by any gaming, pub- lique, or private abroad, or at home, but duly sanctifie and observe the same, both himselfe and his familie, by prepar- ing themselves at home with private prayer, that they may be the better fitted for the publique, according to the commandements of God, and the orders of our Church, as also every man and woman shall repaire in the morning to the divine service, and Sermons preached upon the Saboth day, and in the afternoon to divine service, and Catechising, Thomas Dale
Religion can thrive only in a personal universe. Michael Novak
Science, liberty, and religion . . . have an inseparable union. Without their joint influence no society can be great, flourishing, or happy. John Quincy Adams
History is untidy. We still have remnants of the old domination of religion in modern society. Richard Holloway
In the last decade homophobia has been reduced to the margins of Israeli society, but there it is entrenched. Homophobic discourse is still with us. We see it in inciting rabbis who try to use Torah and Halacha (Jewish law) to legitimize their homophobia. Anat Hoffman
The Reform movement isn't interested in anything, not women, nothing. All they are interested in is chasing after the Haredi public, trying to force their way of life, a permissive and lawless lifestyle, on them. But it won't help them. The Haredi public will continue to behave per their rules of behavior, per instruction of their Rabbis, and the Reform Jews can scream as much as they want Eliezer Rauchberger
Well, as you know, there are many things in life that are not fair, that wealthy people can afford and poor people can’t. But I don’t believe that the federal government should take action to try to make these opportunities exactly equal, when there is a moral factor involved. Jimmy Carter
Ten or twenty years ago, the form of nationalism most closely corresponding to Communism today was political Catholicism. George Orwell
With God on their side, Christians have no need for majoritarian politics, or for compromise and accomodation to reach their goal. Rousas John Rushdoony

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