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    AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION, ART. 1

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”TBUS 30.4

    We subjoin George Washington’s decision in regard to the intent of the Constitution. A letter written to the committee of a Baptist society in Virginia, in reply to questions as to the design of that instrument.”-Aug. 4th, 1789.TBUS 30.5

    “If I had the least idea of any difficulty resulting from the Constitution adopted by the Convention, of which I had the honor to be President when it was formed, so as to endanger the rights of any religious denomination, then I never should have attached my name to that instrument. If I had any idea that the general government was so administered that liberty of conscience was endangered, I pray you be assured that no man would be more willing than myself to revise and alter that part of it, so as to avoid all religious persecutions. You can, without doubt, remember that I have often expressed my opinion, that every man who conducts himself as a good citizen is accountable alone to God for his religious faith, and should be protected in worshiping God according to the dictates of his own conscience.”TBUS 30.6

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