When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.

                           Benjamin Franklin

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Americans for Religious Liberty: Statement of Principles

We believe in the unique American principle of separation of church and state and the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison that gave birth to this tradition.

We believe that federal and state governments should be religiously neutral, guaranteeing equal freedom to the religious and the non-religious.

We believe in the free and religiously neutral system of public education which protects the integrity of science and free inquiry and also provides for moral instruction to foster respect for the rights and dignity of all persons in our society.

We believe in the free exercise of conscience and religion, restraining persons from such exercise only when they harm others or the public welfare. We oppose any effort to place any ethnic, racial, religious, sex or age limitation on the enjoyment of rights or equal treatment.

In a world where many voices of extremism seek to subvert freedom, we need to be voices of reason and to rally to its support.

Americans for Religious Liberty - P.O.Box 6656 - Silver Spring, MD 20916
Telephone: 301-460-1111 - Email: arlinc@verizon.net