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“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr (1787)
“Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Take away the law-establishment, and every religion re-assumes its original benignity.” — Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1791)
“Congress has no power to make any religious establishments.” — Roger Sherman, Congress (1789)
“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people build a wall of separation between Church & State.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Danbury Baptists (1802)
“There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” — George Washington, address to Congress (1790)
Were these people stateaholics? They question all religions, which makes them agnostics, I think. Thomas Paine was an out and out atheist. They were more worried about freedom of religion than many conservatives today who speak more to freedom to be any one of several Christian sects.
The quotes are from a selection on the Website “Daily Kos,” which is a very progressive site. The quotes were collected by a member who calls himself a “Tolerant Libertarian.” So, I hope, am I. But I have many progressive tendencies.
I guess that I am a liberal who bears arms — long live the Second Amendment. One thing that I know I am not, is a roach. I do not care for your name-calling, Mr. Black.