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As a Founding Father and widely revered former president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson is undeniably among the most important figures in American history. To this day, he’s known far and wide as something of a symbol of his nation’s character. But Jefferson was hiding an explosive religious secret from the American public – and it would likely have shocked his contemporaries to their cores.

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Religion still, of course, plays a massive part in the lives of many Americans. And when compared with other Western nations, religious attitudes in the U.S. are actually rather unique. After all, according to the Pew Research Center, Americans actively practice their faith to a greater extent than in other locales, including Canada, Australia and most of Europe.

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