Freedom Of Religion Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old freedom of religion quotes, freedom of religion sayings, and freedom of religion proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We should begin by setting conscience free. When all men of all religions...shall enjoy equal liberty, property, and an equal chance for honors and power...we may expect that improvements will be made in the human character and the state of society.     

John Adams

Spiritual freedom is the root of political liberty...As the union between spiritual freedom and political liberty seems nearly inseparable, it is our duty to defend both.     

Thomas Paine

The liberty enjoyed by the people of these States of worshipping Almighty God, agreable to their consciences, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.     

George Washington

Government has no right to hurt a hair of the head of an atheist for his opinions. Let him have a care of his practices.     

John Adams

Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your shoes.     

George Carlin

Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.     

G.K. Chesterton

There is a difference between exercising religious beliefs and imposing them on others. Our Constitution fiercely protects the former and expressly prohibits the latter.     

Joseph Kennedy III

Religious freedom is too sacred a right to be restricted or prohibited in any degree without convincing proof that a legitimate interest of the state is in grave danger.      

Frank Murphy

Religious fundamentalists are unaware that freedom of religion necessarily brings with it the freedom to mock religion.     

Sherman Alexie

Religious liberty is essential if we are to raise up righteous children. Morally responsible families will not marginalize religious liberty, they will nurture and protect it.     

Russell M. Nelson

Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man’s nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God...Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments.     

John Adams

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God.     

Thomas Jefferson

That religion, or the duty which we owe to our CREATOR, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practise Christian forbearance, love, and charity; towards each other.     

James Madison

Adam, if ever there were such a man, was created a Deist; but in the mean time let every man follow, as he has a right to do, the religion and the worship he prefers.     

Thomas Paine

I have ever regarded the freedom of religious opinions and worship as equally belonging to every sect.     

James Madison

Congress should not establish a religion, and enforce the legal observation of it by law, nor compel men to worship God in any Manner contrary to their conscience.     

James Madison

Freedom to practice one's own religion, doesn't mean belittling other religions.     

Abhijit Naskar

The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.     

Billy Graham

Freedom of religion requires not only freeing religion from undue government regulation and interference. It also requires freeing religion from discrimination and from vile acts of hatred and persecution.      

William Barr

Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.     

John Adams

The imperative of protecting religious freedom was not just a nod in the direction of piety. It reflects the Framers' belief that religion was indispensable to sustaining our free system of government.      

William Barr

Protection of religious freedom means considering the faiths and beliefs of everyone involved.      

Mike Quigley

Religious tolerance is something we should all practice; however, there have been more persecution and atrocities committed in the name of religion and religious freedom than anything else.      

Walter Koenig

The constitutional freedom of religion is the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.     

Thomas Jefferson

I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.     

Thomas Jefferson

Freedom of religion is one of the greatest gifts of God to man, without distinction of race and color. He is the author and lord of conscience, and no power on earth has a right to stand between God and the conscience.     

Philip Schaff

Freedom of religion does not give you the right to physically or verbally assault people.     

Jim C. Hines

The Religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man: and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.      

James Madison

It [religious freedom] is a fundamental right which shapes the way we interact socially and personally with our neighbors whose religious views differ from our own.     

Pope Francis

The ideal of interreligious dialogue, where all men and women, from different religious traditions, can speak to one another without arguing. This is what religious freedom allows.     

Pope Francis