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Religious Freedom Arguments Hardly New in US

In 1774, Abigail Adams — wife of John Adams, who would later be America’s second president — wrote him a letter disparaging Roman Catholics.   “She called Catholics ‘mumbling wretches,’ ” said Robert Destro of Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. “But nobody was going to compel her to go to one of those churches, and she couldn’t compel anybody not to do any of that ‘mumbling.’ ” The framers of the Constitution were adamant about separating church and state....

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