Freethinking for Dummies

Skepticism, secular humanism, social issues

Freedom From Religion

There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of ‘conservatism.”

Which liberal democratic senator said this? Can you guess? Well, you’re wrong! It wasn’t a quote from a liberal democrat. It was from that bastion of American conservatism, Barry Goldwater.

It makes you stop and think just how far to the right the political climate has gone in the thirty or so odd years since Senator Goldwater spoke these words. He was considered pretty conservative for his time, but now, sadly, he’d be considered moderate, at best, and liberal, to his everlasting horror, at worse.

Religion has tainted our politics to the point where all most nothing can get done in Washington. We are told, again and again, that we have lost our way and must get back to our Christian roots. That our nation was founded as a Christian nation. But, nothing could be further from the truth.

Most of the founding fathers, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Thomas Pain and other were, at the very least, deists. They most certainly were not Christians and most of them held a very dim view of Christianity.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.”

John Adams wrote, “As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?”

We were founded as a secular nation, with a strong emphasis on the separation of church and state. The founding fathers believed strongly that the best way to ensure “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” was to make sure that people were not only free to worship as they saw fit, but to be able not to worship as well. They knew that the imposition of religion beliefs on a people would result in the curtailing of freedom, the stifling of thought, and the erosion of creativity and productivity.

When an American president says that atheists cannot be considered citizens or patriotic, something is very, very wrong with the world. That was president was George Bush senior, for those of you who didn’t know. And things have only gotten worse since then. His son led us into a war in Iraq by proudly asserting that he knew it was the right thing to do because God told him it was.

If we want to be able to compete as a nation in the 21st century, we must return to the real values of the founding fathers; rationality, freethinking, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, and especially, freedom from state sponsored religion.

April 28, 2010 - Posted by | Religion, Science, Skeptical | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. [...] Founding Father Speaks About Religion (Again) I’ve written several post here , here, here, and here about the fact that the United States was not founded as a Christian nation or even [...]

    Pingback by A Founding Father Speaks About Religion (Again) « Freethinking for Dummies | September 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. A person can pull a sentence from anyone an make it sound like a support for their view.

    Thomas Jefferson:

    GOD who gave us life, gave us liberty

    “and can liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed Their only firm basis, a constitution in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of GOD”

    John Adams

    ” The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principals of civil government with the principals of Christianity”

    The first book commissioned by congress was the printing of Bibles for the Indians

    Government documents, memorials and buildings clearly show we are based on a Christian values, while also showing are government mandates and treaties are secular in nature.

    thank you,

    For me and my house we will serve the Lord Our God

    Michael

    Comment by Michael Hennessey | September 11, 2010 | Reply

  3. If they only knew !

    I truely convinced myself the Bible was the ONLY way to GOD.

    Comment by Cindy | November 19, 2011 | Reply


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