RE: Hollingsworth letter

December 27, 2018

“Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting “Jesus Christ,” so that it would read “A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was REJECTED by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.”

--Source: Thomas Jefferson, “The Virginia Legislature, Review and Reform of the Law,” in Autobiography.

Stiofain Gael MacGeough,


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