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John Adams on First Amendment

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 The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If “Thou shalt not covet,” and “Thou shalt not steal,” were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.

 

John Adams, A Defence of the Constitutional Government of the United States of America (Philadelphia: William Young, 1797), Vol. III, P.217.

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