Friday, March 26, 2004

Neither Picks My Pocket Nor Breaks My Leg 

Today's NY Times has an Op-Ed piece, "Jefferson, Madison, Newdow?" written by Kenneth C. Davis. He uses this week's Supreme Court oral arguments in the pledge of allegiance case to frame a discussion of the role of religion in the writing of the constitution. He provides interesting insights into the religious beliefs of Washington and Jefferson, and the notion of being free to practice or not practice religion according to one's own beliefs.

Apparently Jefferson wrote that it was no concern of his whether his neighbor worshiped no god or 20, since the neighbor's belief "neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:14 AM