I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, to take one example, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I can’t simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.

–Barack Obama ( Professor of constitutional law)

Barack Obama

“That [the foregoing quotation] is a fruitcake interpretation of the constitution.”

James Dobson (Religious political agitator)

James Dobson

“Every new & successful example therefore of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance. And I have no doubt that every new example, will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt. will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”

James Madison (Principal author of the US constitution)

James Madison

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