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
Most Powerful Separation Church quotations
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.
Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between church and state.
When they have opened a gap in the ... wall of separation between the Garden of the Church and the wildernes of the world, God hath ever ... made his Garden a Wildernesse.
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.
Let us by wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.
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.
Church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact - religion and politics should not be mingled.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I believe in the separation of church and planet.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
... happily the Government of the United States... gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.
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.
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.
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.
Remember and understand well that where Peter is, there is the Church;
that those who refuse to associate in communion with the Chair of Peter belong to Antichrist, not to Christ. He who would separate himself from the Roman Pontiff has no further bond with Christ.
The separation of state and church must be complemented by the separation of state and science, that most recent, most aggressive, and most dogmatic religious institution.
It doesn't say anywhere in the Constitution this idea of the separation of church and state.
Question with boldness even the existence of a god.
The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all.