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The Islam hearings: What would James Madison do?

March 16, 2011 by NCC Staff


By Dr. Steve Frank

There are many reasons you can think of James Madison as the Jiminy Cricket of the Founding Fathers:

- diminutive size
- preference for black coats
- voracious student with an encyclopedia in his brain
- belief that conscience should be your guide.

Madison was born 260 years ago today. As we wish him a happy birthday, there is a great deal about his life and work for which to be thankful. But it’s our belief in freedom of conscience, which Madison did so much to establish, that commands particular attention today. Read full article at Constitution Daily.

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