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Justice Joseph Story: “The real object of the First Amendment …”

9 January 2016

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“The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance much less to advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects [denominations] and to prevent any national ecclesiastical patronage of the national government.”

–  United States Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, in his Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833

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