Neither Picks My Pocket

The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to our God. The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. … Reason and free enquiry are the only effectual agents against error.

~ Thomas Jefferson (1743-04-13 1826-07-04 age:83), third president of the United States.

But Christians do not behave in this benign way. They harass and kill gays. They force their religion on others. They interfere with birth control, abortion, euthanasia and organ transplant decisions of others.