We claim these lands promised to us from above to rule ourselves not of man but with the influence of Gods true laws.
All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it [were] by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.
It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage and such only as he believes to be acceptable to Him. This duty is precedent, both in order of time and in degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society.
- Seeking not tolerance for their own opinions but intolerance toward others’;
- Seeking not to persuade dissenters but to punish them;
- Seeking not to debate but to demonize.
- Whether people who don’t think so may keep their business licenses.
- Whether colleges that don’t think so will be able to keep their accreditation.
- Whether military chaplains who don’t think so will be court-martialed.
- Whether churches who don’t think so will be targeted for reprisal by the state.
- Whether heterodox religious belief itself will be swept from the public square.