James Madison: Government and Religion

Written by Gary Wonning
James Madison made a journal entry, June 12, 1788: “There is not a shadow of right in the General Government to inter-meddle with religion. … The subject is, for the honor of America, perfectly free and unshackled. The government has no jurisdiction over it.”

This is one of the basic tenants of our government and thus our country.

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The founders believed one of our most important rights guaranteed by God, was the freedom to practice our religion as we see fit, without interference from government. 

They believed in freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. We have a God given right to practice our spiritual beliefs according to our conscience. 

No one should have to sacrifice their spiritual beliefs because someone doesn’t agree with them , and no one should have to give up their beliefs because they own or operate a business. 

Let’s face it would you want to give your business or money to someone and support them, if for whatever reason they didn’t like you or support what you believe in. 

I wouldn’t, there are plenty of other businesses I could do business with that would be more than willing to take my money and support my beliefs. 

If you, or the business owner has an issue with the beliefs of the other, take your business elsewhere. 

It only makes sense to me.

Let’s just live and let live, why create conflict when there doesn’t need to be any. 

Common sense in a confused world.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.


Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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