“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 and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment which should give to a hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government.”
– Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story | Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States, 1840
By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to the protection in their religious liberty
– Justice Samuel Chase writing in the case of Runkle vs winemiller, 1799
“What we need first and now is to disillusion ourselves. What ails us most is not what we have done with America, but what we have substituted for America”.
- Daniel Boorstein