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john Locke's contributions to Classical Republicanism, and Liberal Theory are reflected by the Founding Fathers in The Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.

Locke's argument for Religious Tolerance, "Earthly judges, the state in particular, and human beings generally, cannot dependably evaluate the truth-claims of competing religious standpoints. Even if they could, enforcing a single "true religion" would not have the desired effect, because belief cannot be compelled by violence. Coercing religious uniformity would lead to more social disorder than allowing diversity." has directly influenced the Freedom of Religion clause of the First Amendment.

Locke's belief that ownership of property is created by the application of labor. In addition, he believed property precedes government and government cannot "dispose of the estates of the subjects arbitrarily." This influenced the Due Process, and Imminent Domain clause of the 5th amendment.

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what three ideas did Thomas Jefferson "borrow" from john Locke

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Thomas Jefferson borrowed the idea of equality from John Locke. He included the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence.

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