Quotes from the "Founding Fathers" on religion

These were collected by Bill Perdue, I copied them from a comment he made on AlterNet. -JBH

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"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 ..." 
Thomas Jefferson

"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

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches." Benjamin Franklin

"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard's Almanac

" 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

"The doctrine of the divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."
John Adams

"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. 
George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792

"...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

"What influence in fact have Christian ecclesiastical establishments had on civil
society? In many instances they have been upholding the thrones of political
tyranny. In no instance have they been seen as the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty have found in the clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate liberty, does not need the clergy." 
James Madison

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Comment by Michael Penn on March 12, 2014 at 8:59am

In a world of Internet you would think that every human would be able to get and read these quotes from our "Founding Fathers." Apparently the fundies believe you can "put anything on the Internet" so they are not believing what they read. They simply start the apologetics when they should be checking it all out. Sorry, guys. We were not founded as a "christian nation." Sorry. It never happened.

"Oh, look. Here comes George Washlinkon, and he's talking with his tongue. I think he has the blabtism of the Holy Goat!"

"Ho see con didly eye. Honda la seeka!"

Comment by Randall Smith on March 10, 2014 at 7:36am

Unfortunately, all the "patriot" quotes in the world won't prevent idiots from espousing their "We are a Christian nation" beliefs.

Comment by Votaw on March 9, 2014 at 8:20pm
These guys were my type of Patriots. The current generation of tea baggies are giving actual Patriots a bad name.
Comment by Loren Miller on March 9, 2014 at 6:43am

And while we're at it:

“Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their [not our?] religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.”
-- George Washington

It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service [formation of the American governments] had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven...
--
John Adams

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

In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
--James Madison

 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 9, 2014 at 5:51am

Thanks, John.

I'll put some of these on business card stock and hand them out to "patriotic" xians I know.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 8, 2014 at 6:32am

And there are LOTS of others!

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