Quotation by Andrew Jackson

I was brought up a rigid Presbyterian, to which I have always adhered. Our excellent Constitution guarantees to everyone freedom of religion, and charity tells us—and you know charity is the real basis of all true religion—and charity says "judge the tree by its fruit." All who profess Christianity believe in a Savior and that by and through him we must be saved. We ought therefore to consider all good Christians whose walks correspond with their professions, be they Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Baptist, Methodist, or Roman Catholic. Let it be always remembered ... that no established religion can exist under [our] glorious Constitution.
Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, March 25, 1835, to Ellen Hanson, V, 333.
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