Jefferson attended church regularly his whole life.
As an adult he served on the Vestry of the Anglican church.
He attended the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches.
Jefferson regularly tithed to the church.
While Washington & Adams ended their Presidential Papers with “In the Year of our Lord”, Jefferson ended his Presidential Papers with “In the year of our Lord Christ 18__”.
As President he attended the largest church in the nation which held their services in the House Chambers of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
Jefferson was not pleased with the music, so he ordered the Marine Band to come to church on Sundays.
Mark A. Beliles has assembled an impressive list of some of Jefferson’s actions as president.
Promoted legislative and military chaplains.
Established a national seal using a biblical symbol.
Included the word “God” in our national motto.
Established official days of fasting and prayer at the state level.
Punished Sabbath breakers.
Punished marriages contrary to biblical law.
Punished irreverent soldiers.
Protected the property of churches.
Required that oaths be phrased by the words “So help me God” and be sworn on the Bible.
Granted land to Christian schools.
Allowed government property and facilities to be used for worship.
Used the Bible and nondenominational religious instruction in the public schools. He was involved in three different school districts, and the plan in each required that the Bible be taught in our public schools.
Allowed and encouraged clergymen to hold public office.
Funded religious books for public libraries.
Funded salaries for missionaries.
Exempted churches from taxation.
Established professional schools of theology.
Wrote treaties requiring other nations to guarantee religious freedom, including religious speeches and prayer in official ceremonies.
Perhaps, but he was still a deist who ridiculed the supernatural.
Hmm, sounds like someone who definitely promoted the separation of church and state, doesn't it???