Christian conservatives — I’m looking at you Michele Bachmann — insist that the United States was created as a “Christian nation,” which would really surprise the Founding Fathers.
The following quotes are strong evidence — along with the First Amendment — that the Founding Fathers wanted no part of religion in our government.
1. “Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man”- Thomas Jefferson
2. “The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs.” -Thomas Jefferson
3. “It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet the one is not three, and the three are not one- Thomas Jefferson
4. “And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors.”- Thomas Jefferson
5. “There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.”-Thomas Jefferson
6. “Lighthouses are more useful than churches.”- Ben Franklin
7. “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”- Ben Franklin
8. “I looked around for God’s judgments, but saw no signs of them.”- Ben Franklin
9. “In the affairs of the world, men are saved not by faith, but by the lack of it.”- Ben Franklin
10. “This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it”- John Adams
If that’s not clear enough, go to the original article at Examiner.com for ten more quotes!
I know some people will never be convinced that we are a secular nation, and they are actually horrified at the prospect, but being such protects their ability to worship as they choose.
We have freedom of religion as well as freedom from religion, and it really is best that way. Declaring the U.S. a “Christian nation” opens up a nasty can of worms. What kind of Christianity? Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah Witness, Mormon, Evangelical, etc?
Let’s settle on Protestant for a moment. What kind of Protestantism? Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, snake handling? See what I’m getting at here? It’s a friggin’ nightmare.
Better to go with the Founding Fathers’ wisdom, and leave religion out of government. That way, government can work of, by, and for all the People, and those same people can worship — or not — on their own.
It’s really not a difficult concept. Separation of church and state is a great idea. Really, it is. Do you need examples?
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