Posted by: MTR | January 17, 2010

It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage

In 1785, in Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, Madison wrote:

“It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage. Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

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