Monday, October 27, 2003

Defend Religious Freedom -- Drop 'Under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance: "Many of the founding fathers were persecuted for their stand in support of the separation of church and state. The main criticism lobbed at Jefferson in his successful campaign for president was that he was an atheist. Paine died in poverty, primarily for statements such as, 'The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.' ('The Age of Reason ,'' 1794).

"Probably the most explicit of the early 'Deists' who fought for religious freedom and the earliest fighter for separation of church and state was Jefferson. In his private letters, Jefferson made it clear he did not accept Christianity. 'The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, the Supreme Being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classified with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.' (Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823.)"

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