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Linda White's op-ed column on government and religion.
The 102 Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower did so for the freedom to practice their religion.
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There is not a shadow of right in the general government to intermeddle in religion. Its least interference with it would be a most flagrant usurpation.
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When Thomas Jefferson sat down in Fredericksburg in 1777 to pen what we now call the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, he was drawing on 150 years of established tradition and centuries of incestuous church-state unions that ruined both faith and governance. The 102 Pilgrims who boarded the Mayflower in 1620 risked their lives coming to the New World for one reason: freedom to practice their faith.
Sixteen years later, Roger Williams, who had come to disagree with those Puritan leaders, founded Providence, R.I., unlinking church and state for the first time. It was a place where all modes and methods of belief could be practiced--a haven, he said, for those "distressed of conscience."