The Rights Of Religion By Thomas Paine Essay

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The Rights to Religion

Some say that the etymology of religion comes from the Latin word religare, meaning, “to tie or to bind”; some argue that it can be connected with the term relegere, which means to “read over again”, while others just say religion does not truly exist, it is just a culture. Religion can be a tricky subject, that most people steer clear of, except within their personal lives. Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, however, are different than most people; their views on organized religion, and how it should be dealt with within the government, were very widely known throughout early America. Thomas Paine once wrote, “My own mind is my own church. All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.” Paine and Jefferson both have this theme of not having establishments within religion; Jefferson writes-
Our sister states of Pennsylvania and New York, however have long subsisted without any establishments at all. The experiment was new and doubtful when they made it. It has answered beyond conception. They flourish infinitely. Religion is well supported; of various kinds, indeed, but all good enough; all sufficient to preserve peace and order.

Both men share the values of religion, and see religion being a necessary part of all lives, however believe that organizing it in such a way that it then becomes enslaving to…

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