These are the words of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) He has to be one of my favorite yet most controversial figures of American history, he was one of the founding fathers of the US of A and served as the third president. As the opportunist he was, he took advantage of the French Napoleonic war and authorized the the Louisiana Purchase, a major land acquisition from France that doubled the size of the United States. He was also the first president to declare war on foreign soil and not any war but a war against pirates!! What a bad ass!
Heard of a little thing called secularism yes, he was one of the leading advocates, Jefferson advanced the idea of Separation of Church and State, believing that the government should not have an official religion while at the same time it should not prohibit any particular religious expression. Go pragmatism! Happy fourth of July sir!