Thomas Jefferson is one of those founding fathers who make conservatives profoundly uneasy. He was adamantly opposed to religious bigotry and outspoken in support of the wall of separation between church and state. He had three accomplishments engraved on his epitaph. It reads as follows"Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and father of the University of Virginia."
The Statute for Religious Freedom is summed up in the words "... but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of Religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities."
No wonder the Texas conservatives who brought us George W. Bush want to write him out of our history.