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January 15, 2017

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> recognize the huge dangers that arise from monopolies (which is why both Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson supported an open market for religion, and not state-sanctioning of such)

Although it should be pointed out that most Christian nut-jobs right-wingers reside in America with its free market of religions whereas in countries with a state church (e.g. UK, Norway), religion is mostly an afterthought in society and politics. So score one for monopolies.

Thanks for that thought. I wonder if it emphasizes my point: a state that dominates religion will kill religion. If you believe, as do I, that religion can (in the right environment of freedom) serve to enrich many aspects of community life, it is a shame to kill it off. -- Best, Jonathan

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