Analyze the Danbury Baptist Association letter to President Jefferson, assignment help

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I'm attaching the correspondence between the president and the Danbury Baptist Association.

Please respond to the following two steps.

In October of 1801, The Danbury Baptist Association in the State of Connecticut wrote the following letter to President Thomas Jefferson*:

Step I: Summary

Summarize the main points of the Danbury Baptist’s and Thomas Jefferson’s arguments. This can be a brief narrative or a bulleted list.

Step II: Analysis

Choose one amendment from the Constitution that addresses a main idea(s) in the communications between the Danbury Baptists and Thomas Jefferson. Include this amendment in your assignment and, in a suggested 500 words minimum (not including your quote from the Constitution), discuss the following:

1. Do you agree with President Jefferson? Why or why not?

2. If something is considered a civil liberty, is it the government’s responsibility to actively include this liberty in government proceedings or is it the responsibility of the government simply to ensure that this liberty is not infringed upon? Do you believe this is different for civil rights?

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POL210 Political Science II 3.2.1 Separation of Church and State 1 of 2 In October of 1801, The Danbury Baptist Association in the State of Connecticut wrote the following letter to President Thomas Jefferson*: Sir, Among the many millions in America and Europe who rejoice in your election to office, we embrace the first opportunity which we have enjoyed in our collective capacity, since your inauguration , to express our great satisfaction in your appointment to the Chief Magistracy in the Unite States. And though the mode of expression may be less courtly and pompous than what many others clothe their addresses with, we beg you, sir, to believe, that none is more sincere. Our sentiments are uniformly on the side of religious liberty: that Religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals, that no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious opinions, [and] that the legitimate power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor. But sir, our constitution of government is not specific. Our ancient charter, together with the laws made coincident therewith, were adapted as the basis of our government at the time of our revolution. And such has been our laws and usages, and such still are, [so] that Religion is considered as the first object of Legislation, and therefore what religious privileges we enjoy (as a minor part of the State) we enjoy as favors granted, and not as inalienable rights. And these favors we receive at the expense of such degrading acknowledgments, as are inconsistent with the rights of freemen. It is not to be wondered at therefore, if those who seek after power and gain, under the pretense of government and Religion, should reproach their fellow men, [or] should reproach their Chief Magistrate, as an enemy of religion, law, and good order, because he will not, dares not, assume the prerogative of Jehovah and make laws to govern the Kingdom of Christ. Sir, we are sensible that the President of the United States is not the National Legislator and also sensible that the national government cannot destroy the laws of each State, but our hopes are strong that the sentiment of our beloved President, which have had such genial effect already, like the radiant beams of the sun, will shine and prevail through all these States--and all the world--until hierarchy and tyranny be destroyed from the earth. Sir, when we reflect on your past services, and see a glow of philanthropy and goodwill shining forth in a course of more than thirty years, we have reason to believe that America’s God has raised you up to fill the Chair of State out of that goodwill which he bears to the millions which you preside over. May God strengthen you for the arduous task which providence and the voice of the people have called you--to sustain and support you and your Administration against all the predetermined opposition of those who wish to rise to wealth and importance on the poverty and subjection of the people. And may the Lord preserve you safe from every evil and bring you at last to his Heavenly Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Glorious Mediator. Signed in behalf of the Association, Neh,h Dodge } Eph’m Robbins } The Committee Stephen S. Nelson } Letter of Oct. 7, 1801 from Danbury (CT) Baptist Assoc. to Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Wash. D.C. Public Domain [Page 1 of 2] SUBMISSION FORMATTING Please name your document using the following format: coursecode_assignmentcode_yourlastname EXAMPLE: POL210_1.2.1_Smith Copyright © 2015 Pioneer Pacific College 3.2.1 Separation of Church and State 2 of 2 POL210 Political Science II In January of 1802, President Jefferson sent the following response*: Gentlemen The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing. Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem. Th Jefferson Jan. 1. 1802. Public domain letter obtained from: http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html Step I: Summary Summarize the main points of the Danbury Baptist’s and Thomas Jefferson’s arguments. This can be a brief narrative or a bulleted list. Step II: Analysis Choose one amendment from the Constitution that addresses a main idea(s) in the communications between the Danbury Baptists and Thomas Jefferson. Include this amendment in your assignment and, in a suggested 500 words minimum (not including your quote from the Constitution), discuss the following: 1. Do you agree with President Jefferson? Why or why not? 2. If something is considered a civil liberty, is it the government’s responsibility to actively include this liberty in government proceedings or is it the responsibility of the government simply to ensure that this liberty is not infringed upon? Do you believe this is different for civil rights? [Page 2 of 2] SUBMISSION FORMATTING Please name your document using the following format: coursecode_assignmentcode_yourlastname EXAMPLE: POL210_1.2.1_Smith Copyright © 2015 Pioneer Pacific College ...

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