George Washington clearly respected the “free exercise of religion.”
Washington’s insistence on religious freedom came from his belief in God-given natural rights and God-given natural law. Government is obliged by God to respect religious freedom.
When many groups expressed a desire for a Bill of Rights to protect religious and other liberties after the Constitution was adopted. Washington declared to the Virginia Baptists:
“No one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of [government] spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.”
He saw the First Amendment not as a prohibition of every interaction of church and state, but only those activities that which constitute persecution or limitation of religious freedom.
George Washington understood and believed in religious freedom.
Sadly, the current occupant of the White House does not.
***Ed Randazzo, is a nationally syndicated author. He has been a conservative activist and consultant for over 30 years and is currently the Chief News Editor of Life and Liberty Media***