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Religion, Morality and Knowledge

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Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - Religion, Morality and Knowledge

Religion, Morality and Knowledge

In 1803, Ohio was admitted as the 17th state in the Union. To become a state, Ohio had to craft a constitution, a document that would provide for the government of all citizens, including you and me.

Our first Constitution was written in 1802 and contained a bill of rights for all citizens.

Article II states: There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in this state.

Article III is titled: Of the Rights of Conscience, the Necessity of Religion and Knowledge. It states in part, "but religion, morality and knowledge, being essentially necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of instruction shall be forever encouraged by legislative provision not inconsistent with the rights of conscience.

It's quite clear that the founders of Ohio were convinced that to have a happy society and good government, religion, morality and knowledge were essential. So essential that these three items, religion, morality and knowledge, were to be the basis of public education, not just for a year or for a legislative session or for an election cycle, but the religion, morality and knowledge were to be the basis of education forever.

The words of the Ohio Constitution of 1802.

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