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Founding fathers never intended one religion for all

November 24, 2012
The Marietta Times

Judging from a Nov. 17 Times Viewpoint article, the debate about "what role religion played in the founding of the United States" goes on and on and on and on ... While the writer makes a valid point in saying that religion - and Judeo-Christianity in particular - played an important part in formulating American principles, he strays from the path of both history and factuality by suggesting that the nation's founders intended that one religion, and one religion only (or even no religion), should hold supremacy over all others ... I readily admit (as The Northwest Ordinance states) that "religion, morality, and knowledge" are "necessary to good government," but seriously doubt that any one religion holds a monopoly on either morality or knowledge - and certainly not on good government (i.e. the Spanish Inquisition or current-day Iran).



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