Thursday, January 12, 2006

“Religious matters are to be separated from the jurisdiction of the state not because they are beneath the interests of the state, but, quite to the contrary, because they are too high and holy and thus are beyond the competence of the state.”

-Isaac Backus(1724-1806),
American Founding Father
and Pastor of First Baptist Church in Middleborough, MA

When Backus was born, there were 1,500 Baptists in New England. When he died, there were 21,000-- many of them converted through his efforts.