Nor would I want a government that would deny anyone their right to believe or not believe as their conscience dictates. However the problem is that history has shown that religious liberty is denied when one particular religion is allowed to "infect" government. Neither government "infecting" religion nor religion "infecting" is a good thing; hence Jefferson's "wall of separation" between church and state.<quoted text>
You should keep in mind that old Tom Jefferson wrote those things with the concept of keeping government from infecting religion and not the other way round.
He really did.
Neither Thomas Jefferson nor I would ever try to deny anybody their First Amendment Rights, you shouldn't either.
"Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every persons life, freedom of religion affects every individual. Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights." -- Thomas Jefferson, to the Virginia Baptists (1808)