To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
-Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom
If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”
-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Currie, January 28, 1786
“Everyone must act according to the dictates of his own reason, and mine tells me that civil powers alone have been given to the President of the United States, and no authority to direct the religious exercises of his constituents.”
-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Rev. Samuel Miller, January 23, 1808
Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
–Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
“I am for freedom of religion, and against all manoeuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another: for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.”
-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799