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William Leggett argues that Thanksgiving Day is no business of the government (1836) William Leggett 2014-11-10
John Stuart Mill on the “religion of humanity” (c. 1858) John Stuart Mill 2014-09-22
John Locke on the separation of Church and Magistrate (1689) John Locke 2014-06-30
William Walwyn wittily argues against state enforced religious conformity (1646) William Walwyn 2013-11-18
Lord Acton argues that civil liberty arose out of the conflict between the power of the Church and the Monarchy (1877) John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton 2013-09-23
The 6th Day of Christmas: Vicesimus Knox on the Christian religion and peace on earth (1793) Vicesimus Knox 2012-12-30
The 5th Day of Christmas: Samuel Cooper on the Articles of Confederation and peace on earth (1780) Ellis Sandoz 2012-12-29
Noah Webster on the resilience of common religious practices in the face of attempts by the state to radically change them (1794) Noah Webster 2009-12-21
David Hume argues that “love of liberty” in some individuals often attracts the religious inquisitor to persecute them and thereby drive society into a state of “ignorance, corruption, and bondage” (1757) David Hume 2009-09-28
St. John, private property, and the Parable of the Wolf and the Good Shepherd (2ndC AD) Saint John 2009-07-27
John Locke believed that the magistrate should not punish sin but only violations of natural rights and public peace (1689) John Locke 2008-09-29
Job rightly wants to know why he, “the just upright man is laughed to scorn” while robbers prosper (6thC BC) Job 2008-09-15
William Findlay wants to maintain the separation of church and state and therefore sees no role for the “ecclesiastical branch” in government (1812) William Findley 2008-01-28
In Ecclesiastes there is the call to plant, to love, to live, and to work and then to enjoy the fruits of all one’s labors (3rdC BC) Old Testament (Various Authors) 2006-09-11
Pierre Bayle begins his defence of religious toleration with this appeal that the light of nature, or Reason, should be used to settle religious differences and not coercion (1708) Pierre Bayle 2006-04-10
Voltaire argued that religious intolerance was against the law of nature and was worse than the “right of the tiger” (1763) Voltaire 2006-03-13
Voltaire notes that where Commerce and Toleration predominate, a Multiplicity of Faiths can live together in Peace and Happiness (1764) Voltaire 2004-10-25
Samuel warns his people that if they desire a King they will inevitably have conscription, requisitioning of their property, and taxation (7th century BC) Old Testament (Various Authors) 2004-10-04
The Prophet Isaiah urges the people to “beat their swords into plowshares” and learn war no more (700s BC) Isaiah 2004-09-27
The Psalmist laments that he lives in a Society which “hateth peace” and cries out “I am for peace: but when I speak they are for war” (1000 BC) King David 2004-09-20

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