Under the color of religious tests the utmost cruelties have been exercised. Those in power have generally considered all wisdom centered in themselves, that they alone had a right to dictate to the rest of mankind, and that all opposition to their tenets was profane and impious. — Henry Abbot From Henry Abbot, Baptist clergy, who argued on July 30, 1788 against James Iredell’s proposal for religious tests required for those who sought political office
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