Quote mines in Judge Jones' Dickinson College commencement speech?
. . . this much is very clear. The Founders believed that "true religion was not something handed down by a church or contained in a Bible, but was to be found through free, rational inquiry." * At bottom then, this core set of beliefs led the Founders, who constantly engaged and questioned things, " to secure their idea of religious freedom by barring any alliance between church and state." *
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* Quotations from The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America by Frank Lambert (Princeton University Press, 2003).
Note that the speech contains two disconnected quotations from the book. Are these two disconnected quotations actually quote mines? I know for a fact that those quote marks and the book-reference footnote were not added to the online copy of Judge Jones' Dickinson College commencement speech until some time after the speech was posted online. Were these quote marks and footnote added for the purpose of giving an appearance of legitimacy to Jones' remarks connecting "true religion" and the establishment clause (i.e., "barring any alliance between church and state"), even though the book itself might not have made such a connection? If the book itself made no such connection, then quote-mining can be added to Judge Jones' numerous other offenses.
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