James Madison Papers

Article on Religion Adopted by Convention, [12 June 1776]

Article on Religion Adopted by Convention

Printed text (Proceedings of the Convention, May 1776, p. 43).

[12 June 1776]

16. That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practise Christian forbearance, love, and charity, towards each other.10

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