This day in history - Jan. 16, 1786 – Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson. #tdih
"That our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry,
That therefore the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence, by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages, to which, in common with his fellow citizens, he has a natural right,"
Read the complete text here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Statute_for_Religious_Freedom