Are Mayberry Machiavellis\Evangelicals the biggest threat to democarcy since communism?
Posted On April 4, 2011
Question by ervin_parker: Are Mayberry Machiavellis\Evangelicals the biggest threat to democarcy since communism?
The religious right is fond of stating that the seperation of church and state exists no where within the constition and yet I have never been able to locate exactly where they have a right to force their religious beliefs on anyone.
“Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifiying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity. “-Thomas Paine
“To see by faith, shut the eye of reason.” – Benjamin Franklin
“The experience of the United States is a happy disproof of the error so long rooted in the unenlightened minds of well-meaning Christians, as well as in the corrupt hearts of persecuting usurpers, that without a legal incorporation of religious and civil polity, neither could be supported. A mutual independence is found most friendly to practical Religion, to social harmony, and to political prosperity.” (James Madison Letter to F.L. Schaeffer, Dec 3, 1821).
“The settled opinion here is, that religion is essentially distinct from civil Government, and exempt from its cognizance; that a connection between them is injurious to both;” (James Madison Letter to Edward Everett, Montpellier, March 18, 1823).
“The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man.” – Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah Moor, 1800.
“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It Neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” – Thomas Jefferson
“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Protestant church, nor by any other church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.” – Thomas Paine
“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
“The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions,may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects?” — James Madison, “Memorial and Remonstrance,” 1785.
Answer by JFra472449
Don’t read too well do you? Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, it is in the first article.
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