Centuries Later, Religious Freedom Debate Rages On

, New York Law Journal


More than 200 years after Thomas Jefferson and James Madison launched the freedom of religion v. freedom from religion debate, Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing prayer at government meetings suggests the Jeffersonians and Madisonians remain in a dead heat, observers said.

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  • John Hancock

    It‘s not ceremonial to me when millions of members of my religion have been forced over the years to convert to your religion or be put to death ... topped off with 6 million of my ancestors meeting that fate ... and you can‘t understand why I shouldn‘t have to sit at a governmental meeting and listen to the government praying to Jesus Christ, in a country that was founded, in part, for purposes of religious freedom. I don‘t get how people don‘t understand this.

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