Thomas Jefferson quote about foolishness from Notes on the State of Virginia - What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.
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What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.
 Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1785). copy citation

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“Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth. Let us reflect that it is inhabited by a thousand millions of people. That these profess probably a thousand different systems of religion. That ours is but Page 171” source

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