Without God, there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience... without God, there is a coarsening of the society; without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.— Ronald Reagan
Interesting Church And State quotations
Defeat is a state of mind: no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
A man of abilities and character, of any sect whatever, may be admitted to any office of public trust under the United States.
Those who live by mystery & charlatanerie, fearing you would render them useless by simplifying the Christian philosophy - the most sublime and benevolent, but most perverted system that ever shone on man - endeavored to crush your well-earned & well-deserved fame.
Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankful for the storms as well as smooth sailing.
Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between church and state.
I am a conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of church and state. The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don't hurt anyone else in the process.
The government of the United States of America has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.
Paradise is not a place, its a state of mind.
Religious and racial persecution is moronic at all times, perhaps the most idiotic of human stupidities.
Let us by wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.
Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
All oppression creates a state of war.
The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.
An enforced uniformity of religion throughout a nation or civil state, confounds the civil and religious, denies the principles of Christianity and civility, and that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.
What has been the effect of [religious] coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.
Defeat is a state of mind! No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality.
Church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact - religion and politics should not be mingled.
The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
...It would be more consistent that we call [the Bible] the work of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Christmas: It's the only religious holiday that's also a federal holiday.
That way, Christians can go to their services, and everyone else can sit at home and reflect on the true meaning of the separation of church and state.
I am tolerant of all creeds. Yet if any sect suffered itself to be used for political objects I would meet it by political opposition. In my view church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact. Religion and politics should not be mingled.
The 'wall of separation between church and state' is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.
Wealth breeds a class of people for whom human beings are disposable commodities. Once oligarchs achieve unchecked economic and political power, as they have in the United States, the citizens too become disposable.
I believe in the separation of church and planet.
There is no relationship here between Church and State.
Religious liberty has its unalterable place, along with civil and human liberty, in the very foundation of the Republic. I hold it [religious intolerance] to be a menace to the very liberties which we boast and cherish.
The divorce between Church and State ought to be absolute.
It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community.
Christmas children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.
We admit of no government by divine right, believing that so far as power is concerned the Beneficent Creator has made no distinction amongst men; that all are upon an equality, and that the only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed.
Whatever one's religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts - including the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state.
Lord, there's danger in this land, you get witch hunts and wars when church and state hold hands.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
[Disestablishment was] the best thing that ever happened to the state of Connecticut. It cut the churches loose from dependence on state support. It threw them wholly on their own resources and on God.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.
He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
By maintaining the separation of church and state, the United States has avoided the intolerance which has so divided the rest of the world with religious wars.
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
The Bible: a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind.
I'm absolutely, utterly, and completely certain that God wouldn't be homophobic.
I'd much rather go to hell - I really would much rather go to hell - than go to a homophobic heaven.
... happily the Government of the United States... gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.
Can any of us refute the wisdom of Madison and the other framers? Can anyone look at the carnage in Iran, the bloodshed in Northern Ireland or the bombs bursting in Lebanon and yet question the dangers of injecting religious issues into the affairs of state?