Thomas Jefferson had it right

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It's hard to believe that I'm quoting John Derbyshire on anything but have to agree with the point that he made below. Although I do think the word "Americans" should be substituted for "Conservatives".

Conservatives stand for liberty, and that includes liberty of belief. We have to stand by that; but it's not easy to do so -- well, I don't find it easy -- when you're bickering about the content of belief. Over to you, Tom:

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

                       -- Notes on Virginia

And there's many an issue to which that bit of wisdom should be applied.

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