"Probably at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, and of the amendment to it now under consideration, the general, if not the universal sentiment was, that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the state, so far as was not incompatible with the private right of conscience and the freedom of religious worship. An attempt to level all religions, and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation(condemnation), if not universal indignation...The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance(favor), much less to advance, Mohammedanism(Islam), or Judaism, or infidelity(atheism), by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects, and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment which should give to a hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government." - Justice Joseph Story, "Commentaries on the Constitution", 1833.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand.
And those who have not heard shall understand.
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