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More on Separation of Church & State

Were our Founding Fathers devout Christians?  Let us look at some quotes, some from the film Religulous.

“This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.” — John Adams

“Lighthouses are more useful than churches.”  — Benjamin Franklin

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

“What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not.” — James Madison

“All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.” — Thomas Paine

I could continue to list them, or you can just Google Founding Fathers & Christianity.  Indeed they envisioned a separation of church and state.

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Written by kickingalion

November 23, 2008 at 3:33 am

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