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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:37 am    Post subject: Christianity and the United States. Reply with quote

Some of our forefathers were very against organised religions.


The United States is in no way founded upon the Christian religion

-- George Washington & John Adams, in a diplomatic message to Malta.

This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in

-- John Adams, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.
I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party
of men whatever,
in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was
capable of thinking for myself.
Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.
If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.
--Thomas Jefferson

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.
He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for
protection to his own.

-- Thomas Jefferson, 1814

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.

-- Thomas Jefferson, 1823

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.

-- Thomas Jefferson

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be
one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded
fear.... Do not be frightened from this inquiry from any fear of its
consequences. If it ends in the belief that there is no God, you will find
incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its

-- Thomas Jefferson, in a 1787 letter to his nephew
The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never
give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.

-- Abraham Lincoln

It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold
this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the
noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did
not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and
entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the
principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We
revere this lesson too much ... to forget it
-- James Madison.

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of
their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or
so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised
before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man,
who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law
is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is
little known, and less fixed?

-- James Madison, Federalist Papers 62

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution
which grant[s] a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence,
the money of their constituents.

-- James Madison, 1794

Never could an increase of comfort or security be a sufficient good to be
bought at the price of liberty.

-- Hillaire Belloc
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