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NewOrleanIan @IanMolony
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Hey, hey, hey people...

Stop trying to marginalize the rights of fellow Americans.
#AHistoryLesson in #FreeSpeech

As Governor of Virginia, Jefferson was petitioned by the Baptists to make their religion the State religion.
During one meeting, Jefferson stated, quite angrily, "Whether my neighbor believes in twenty gods or none neither breaks my leg, nor picks my pocket!"

Jefferson then penned the Statutes of Religious Freedom which became the basis of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.
The 1st Amendment guarantees the Freedoms of Speech, Religion, The Press, and reinforces the Separation of Church and State.

James Madison said this legislation "extinguished forever the ambitious hope of making laws for the human mind."
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