Why did Thomas Jefferson attend religious services in the executive branch buildings from 1801 to 1809?
“It is no exaggeration to say that on Sundays in Washington during the administrations of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) and of James Madison (1809-1817) the state became the church.”– Library of Congress
“Religion in America takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country…” –Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
It is quite unfathomable that the founding fathers’ intent has been somehow interpreted over time to mean that all semblance of religion should be removed from the public square. That interpretation, one could reasonably conclude, would lead to suppression of religion, or “prohibiting the free exercise”…
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