Religion and the Founding Fathers


    I often find myself staring off into space, my thoughts wrapped around conundrums that seem almost inescapably miserable.  The most common obstruction to serenity is the question as to why the American people have become so malleable and easily manipulated.  It is this mindless acquiescence to the invitation by the most evil among them to inhabit the lowest rungs on the evolutionary ladder and to accept the filth and the lies that are so very common down there.

    Is this a recent phenomenon in America or has it always been so?  What role has technology played in the sad decline in the ability of the people to differentiate between those thoughts and actions that lead to decency and fairness and those which can only lead to death and anguish among the most defenseless among us?  What role has religion played in allowing the messages that are purported to be the foundation of their beliefs to be warped and perverted to the point that murder and carnage can proceed from the instruction to cherish and protect all life?  In fact, was this nation, as proclaimed by coins and dullards, founded on some vision of Christianity?  Any true scholar knows that, beyond doubt, the greatest horrors and the vilest forms of brutality in Man's sick history are inflicted in the name of some god or other and are led by those who joyfully advance those assaults while proclaiming their inerrant "fundamental" version of evil in angel's clothing.

    Can any religion be permitted to attain any control over our nation?  Is there ever any beneficial result that can come from a nation being controlled by those who accept and base their lives on unprovable superstitions and then force others to follow their particular brand of myth, magic and miracles?  In as much as the major spokesmen for the local superstitions are all liars and thieves and greedy little animals with blow dried hair and way too much make up, is such a juvenile bunch of bozos what the founding fathers meant to dominate and oppress the American people?

    It always helps to look at the words of those who were the actual founders and creators of this nation two hundred and twenty six years ago.  Witness the truth of the matter.

    I have examined all the known superstitions of the Word, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature.  They are all alike, founded on fables and mythology.  Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned.  What has been the effect of this coercion?  To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the world ...

    The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind ... to filch wealth and power to themselves.  [They], in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ.
Thomas Jefferson

    The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations.  The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious.  If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him.  They are always of two classes; fools and hypocrites.  To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson

    Accustom a people to believe that priests and clergy can forgive sins ... and you will have sins in abundance.  I would not dare to dishonor my Creator's name by [attaching] it to this filthy book [the Bible].
Thomas Paine

    For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate error so long as reason is free to combat it.
Thomas Jefferson

    It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God.
Thomas Jefferson

    Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
Thomas Jefferson

    Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.
Thomas Paine

    I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
Thomas Paine

    My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Thomas Paine

     Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religions.
George Washington

    Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.
George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792; from George Seldes, ed., The Great Quotations, Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1983, p. 726]

    There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.
George Washington, address to Congress, 8 January, 1790


    Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.
George Washington, letter to Sir Edward Newenham, June 22, 1792

    ...the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction.
George Washington, 1789, responding to clergy complaints that the Constitution lacked mention of Jesus Christ, from The Godless Constitution: The Case Against Religious Correctness, Isacc Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore W.W. Norton and Company 101-102


    If they are good workmen, they may be from Asia, Africa or Europe; they may be Mahometans, Jews, Christians of any sect, or they may be Atheists....
George Washington, to Tench Tighman, March 24, 1784, when asked what type of workman to get for Mount Vernon, from The Washington papers edited by Saul Padover

    To give opinions unsupported by reasons might appear dogmatical.
George Washington, to Alexander Spotswood, November 22, 1798, from The Washington papers edited by Saul Padover

    ...I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution. George Washington, to United Baptists Churches of Virginia, May, 1789 from The Washington papers edited by Saul Padover

    As the contempt of the religion of a country by ridiculing any of its ceremonies, or affronting its ministers or votaries, has ever been deeply resented, you are to be particularly careful to restrain every officer from such imprudence and folly, and to punish every instance of it. On the other hand, as far as lies in your power, you are to protect and support the free exercise of religion of the country, and the undisturbed enjoyment of the rights of conscience in religious matters, with your utmost influence and authority.
George Washington, to Benedict Arnold, September 14, 1775 from The Washington papers edited by Saul Padover

    With just these examples, you have the facts necessary to rebut any fundamentalist who proclaim this to be a Christian nation "just as the founding fathers desired". 

    The fact of the matter is much simpler.  Every single nation that has ever been forced into the folly of following any of the silly superstitions invented by the greedy and ignorant has come to ruin and catastrophe.  The single most fatal disease that can afflict any government is to be inflicted with the wasting infection of any fundamental religious disorder.  Witness every single nation ruined by the sickness of fundamentalist Islamic governments.  Witness the depths of evil that America has descended into now that self described fundamentalist Christians have stolen away your government and dedicated its future to the murder of anyone with the least hesitation in following along with their evil plans for the world and the oil it holds.  God doesn't care about nations or governments or politicians.  Why would any god worthy of the title care so much as things of so little value?

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