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  1. Quote Originally Posted by sailor View Post
    I feel that the above quotes miss the mark of the OP discussion, in that they are quoting feelings about RELIGIOUS DOGMA that the stated Founding Fathers had. The enduring documents that they did write use (for instance, and not all inclusive) the terms "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them" and "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, ..." (Declaration of Independence - written by Thomas Jefferson). Just an obvious example of the larger frame of reference that specifically Thomas Jefferson had, beyond his problems with church dogma. The point being, there was considered that there is something more than government involved with a persons Rights (Nature's God; and, their Creator) - unalienalble belonging to you, without reservation, without the governments OK. That is the basis for refuting the Harvard opinion, nothing to do with religion or not, or do you feel that we do NOT have Unalienable Rights, seperate from government?
    I agree with you. My point was that many people try to claim that this country was based upon the Judeo/Christian principles when they simply were not. They were based upon universal principles. Many of the founding fathers and virtually all of the most famous ones were deists.

    Even the only two references found in those early writings, "Natures God" and "Creator" were deist phrases indicating their animosity to conventional religion.

    We have a host of people today, in politics and out, who insist we must go back to the biblical principles of out founding fathers. First, you can't go back to some place you've never been.

    Secondly, that is the exact opposite of the founding fathers vision of this country.

  3. I would have to disagree with you. James Madisons"To rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self -government". the independent churches had done more than any other single agency to develop. Self government was a product of a Higher Life form than we seem to have today running our streets.

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    God and the founding fathers

    Quote Originally Posted by Puppy View Post
    Adulterated hog wash. A careful study of the writings of the founding fathers proves the exact opposite of what you say. Washington, Jefferson, in fact none of the better known founding fathers was Christian.

    Let's start with Thomas Jefferson:

    "And 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."

    "Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites."

    "I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

    "Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies."

    How about John Adams? He wrote:

    "The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."

    "The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." Treaty of Tripoly, article 11

    "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."

    "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes."

    or James Madison who wrote:

    "During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution."

    "In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people."

    "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise." April 1, 1774

    "...the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the State" Letter to Robert Walsh, Mar. 2, 1819

    "Every new and successful example, therefore, of a perfect separation between the ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance; and I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together" Letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822

    Not exactly a founding father, but here is what Abraham Lincoln had to say on the subject.

    ""The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma."

    These wise men had seen the negative effects on freedom caused by religions in Europe and wanted no part of it. Even more to the point they had seen the effects in colonial America when the early states even passed laws requiring the execution of people who dared to practice a faith other than the approved faith of their own state.

    You Sir, have been brain washed by the very people our founding fathers warned against.

    ....and I can give a multitude of writtings that prove just the opposite. More to follow later.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

  5. Christian domgma is what you get when you try to Figure out God. No athist in fox holes, And with a 50/ 50 chance their is life after death why not pray.

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    I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We ahve been assured, Sir, in the sacred Writings, that "except the Lord build a house,they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without HIs concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reporach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance. war and conquest. Benjamin Franklin.

    I concur with the author in considering the moral precepts of Jesus as more pure, correct, and sublime than those of ancient philosphers. Thomas Jefferson

    Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams.

    Public utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the stamp and image of divinity they bear, which produces a conviction of their truths, can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefullness. In vain,w without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrechments around our institutions. Bibls are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses, and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience. James Mc Henry, signer of the Constitution.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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