Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ulysses S. Grant

...received demerits while at West Point for refusing compulsory church attendance, because he considered it counter to the spirit of the republic.

From The Humanist 69 (2). March–April 2009.

2 comments:

N.B. Forrest said...

Of course that doesn't make him a atheist: I've seen Grant claimed as a non-believer on several sites, but all they come up with to support the contention are facts that really only prove he was a strict constitutionalist.

Michael Caton said...

I agree. I think the most important point here is that the state shouldn't be taking a position on these questions so that citizens are free to discuss them on their merits, and that's probably what motivated him.