Sunday, August 17, 2008

A History Lesson For McCain and Obama

After watching Barak Obama and John McCain try to pass the illegal religious test in order to become the next President of the United States, I think it incumbent o set the record straight on one of the most ferocious lies and rumors that have been foisted on unsuspecting Americans. Rumors that John McCain tried to reinforce in our minds in his attempt to be the winner of the religious test.

Although Obama himself looked for all the world to be pandering to the religious tight, and that in and of itself being an embarrassment, McCain sat and with a straight faced declared that America was founded as a Christian nation. It there becomes obvious that this man is not fit to lead the nation. The United States never was, and is not now, a 'Christian' nation. Let's walk back through time and see what really happened at the birth of our country.

The simple fact is that the most prominent Founders were not Christians, but Deists. Called Unitarian Universalists now, they believed in a Supreme Being who created the universe, only to leave the entire affair, us included, to our own designs. They did not believe that God or the Creator communicated with humans at all, either through direct contact or revelations written in books. They believed that Jesus probably existed, praised Him for His teachings of love and peace, but they did not believe Him to be a Divine entity.

Arguments in favor of the notion that the Founders made conflicting statements when it came to the role of religion in our society become confused due to the actions of believers in Congress at that time. For instance, Jefferson wrote these original words: "All men are created equal and independent. From that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable."

Congress didn't like the wording and changed it to: "All men are created equal. They are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights." This confuses many in our time because they attribute the latter to Jefferson, and say it shows his intent to merge religion into our government. But, even if that were the case, the words come from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

In 1831, an Episcopal minister named Bird Wilson decried the fact that no President had been from a Christian background. He was quoted as saying: "Among all our presidents from Washington downward, not one was a professor of religion, at least not of more than Unitarianism."

To go one step further to show that we were not founded on the principles of Christianity, let's hear what the Founders had to say about the subject.

Thomas Jefferson: "In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot ... they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purpose."

"The priests of the superstition, a bloodthirsty race, are as cruel and remorseless as the being whom they represented as the family God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, and the local God of Israel. That Jesus did not mean to impose himself on mankind as the son of God, physically speaking, I have been convinced by the writings of men more learned than myself in that lore."

Benjamin Franklin: ". . . Some books against Deism fell into my hands. . . It happened that they wrought an effect on my quite contrary to what was intended by them; for the arguments of the Deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutations; in short, I soon became a thorough Deist."

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."

James Madison: "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."

"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries."

John Adams: "I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved-- the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!"

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole cartloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity."

Thomas Paine: "What is it the New Testament teaches us? To believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married; and the belief of this debauchery is called faith."

"Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange belief that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies."

George Washington: "Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be depreciated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society." (Washington was a Deist and a Freemason.)

Or how about Abraham Lincoln: "The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my profession."

That, Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama, is history. But let's talk about the here and now. What is it that would possess any politician enough that they would feel as though they had to pander to what amounts to one cult over another? Is the faith of Muslims in America to be ignored? Or Buddhists, Hinduists, Atheists, or the religion (if it can be called such) of our Founders, Unitarianism? Should you not be forced to pass whatever religious test they put forth to you, so they too may judge your worthiness to be President? Or are we now openly admitting that the United States is moving towards theocracy, where one religion dominates the whole, and intolerance will soon follow after? Any who have studied Freethought will know why I included those specific religions and non religion.

Go read the Constitution again Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama. Show me where the words Jesus, Christianity, God, or Bible are mentioned just once. Oh. What's that? Those words don't appear in the Constitution? Exactly. But these words do: "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." (Article 6, section 3)

What America witnessed was the exact thing that the Founders feared more than an invasion by another country. A religious test, with religious questioning of candidates, by one religious sect, and broadcast nationally on all the corporate owned media outlets. In this way they reinforce in the minds of Americans that we must be obedient in all things, never grasping the truth of the matter. Which is, were the United States truly founded on Judeo-Christian principles, there would never have been a Revolution, and we would still be a part of Great Britain.

Romans 13:1: "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resist authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment." Enough said......................

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