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June 10: Treaty with Tripoli (1797): Is America a Christian Nation?

“The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion”

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March 15: Cesare Beccaria

Cesare Beccaria (1738) It was on this date, March 15, 1738, the famous Italian legal reformer Cesare, Marquis of Beccaria-Bonesana, was born in Milan. He opposed the death penalty and believed education would reduce crime – a belief borne out

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July 11: John Quincy Adams

There are in this country… a certain proportion of restless and turbulent spirits who must always have something to quarrel about with their neighbors. These people are the authors of religious revivals.

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April 13: Thomas Jefferson

“No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever… All men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.”

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