American Portraits

Conscience is the Most Sacred Property: James Madison, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and Justice

In this lesson, students will learn about James Madison’s fight to promote and advance religious freedom in the State of Virginia. They will explore how his actions conformed to the idea of justice and through his example, learn how they can pursue justice in their own lives.

Founding Principles

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Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.

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Freedom of Religion

The freedom to exercise one's own religious beliefs without interference from the government is essential to the existence of a free society.

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Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.

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Limited Government

Citizens are best able to pursue happiness when government is confined to those powers which protect their life, liberty, and property.

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