Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether unsusceptible of restraint; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meaneness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being lord (sic) both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, but to extend it by the influence of reason alone.(1)He also famously said, "I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.(2)
We need more like him. The world needs more like him. Thank God for Thomas Jefferson!
2. Ibid, p. 136.