Monday, May 22, 2006

Judge Jones on the Founders

Via Ed Brayton, Dover's Judge Jones discusses religious freedom at the Dickinson College commencement:
"The founders believed that true religion was not something handed down by a church or contained in a Bible, but was to be found through free, rational inquiry," said Jones, who was thrust into the national spotlight by last year's court fight over the teaching of evolution in the Dover school district. …

"They possessed a great confidence in an individual's ability to understand the world and its most fundamental laws through the exercise of his or her reason," he said.

"This core set of beliefs led the founders, who constantly engaged and questioned things, to secure their idea of religious freedom by barring any alliance between church and state."
Next time I wonder whether George W. Bush did anything right as president, I'll remember that Judge Jones was a Bush appointee.