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Thomas Jefferson gave to his nephew Peter Carr in 1787 this advice, "question with boldness even the existence of a god: because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." What we have rearing it's ugly head is the religious leaders grab for power. Institutionalized religion has churches, decently to over paid clerical staffs, millions of dollars in real estate (e.g. churches, retirement homes, schools,...etc.) so now they are re-entering the political arena which will once again close the gap that separates "church" and "state". This was an argument that was adjudicated and disposed of centuries ago. Thomans Jefferson said, "Only reason and free enquiry are the effectual agents against error" according to the Monticello Research Report,
by Rebecca Bowman (August 1997). This didn't mean that Jefferson was agnostic or an Atheist, on the contrary he did believe that there was a God but he was opposed to religion and there is a difference. He fought for the separation of church and state. In Query XVII of Notes on the State of Virginia
this fight led to the "Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom." The emphasis on faith and the more or less belief that you are in communication with God on a daily basis, he would reject. Blind faith is is a blind fold that doesn't allow the eyes of reason to to see things for what they are. The plea of the politician seeking a voting block and the zeal at which the clergy of some disciplines use this belief to force impose their beliefs on contemporary social issues (e.g. abortion) clearly abrogates the freedom of your fellow man's freedom to disagree and choose to act in matters concerning their individual liberties, in a manner that is their choosing. One's freedom ends where another persons' freedom begins.