And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors.
(Letter to John Adams on April 11, 1823)
From the official Thomas Jefferson website – Monticello.org
And if you believe America founded on America as a Christian nation … not only are you wrong – you should read about the Treaty of Tripoli HERE.
Also from their website …. as Thomas Jefferson specifically used the words “separation of church and state” while talking to a group of baptists:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, 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 & State.”
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