It’s what the Puritans did.
The American exception.
Contemporary debates forget that it serves a distinct social and moral purpose.
Where previous societies had “tolerated” religious minorities, the U.S. Constitution was the first to promote free religious practice.
While his personal belief may have wavered, the founding father never doubted that religion was an “indispensable support” of public life and human happiness.
“May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants—while. . .
Few Americans have grasped how deeply the five books of Moses informed the political imagination of early America, a self-consciously “Hebraic” polity.