You know, you see people claiming that this country was founded on x-ian principles a LOT these days. As if an oft repeated lie will make it true. Sorry, repeating what your authority figure says as fact, without any investigation into the matter, is just plain ole laziness. These lies spread like a plague among those who want to hold their preconceptions dear and these false claims are used as a buffer zone to solidify their beliefs, and sadly in some cases to try to influence the laws of this country.
A little bit of digging however will reveal that the claims made by these supposed authority figures are usually quote mines, or outright lies. The sheep that believe these misconceptions do so without ever questioning the validity of the claim, and that is what the priests, reverends, or elected officials are counting on. With this in mind, I decided to do a “Quote of the Month” feature, presenting actual quotes from our nations founders.
The site I am referencing is here: http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html you can go there and see for yourself, if you are so inclined. Anywho, if anyone wants to know who I am at heart, I am one of these guys. You might recognize the names: Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Adams, Paine, and even Washington and Lincoln. Without further ado, the first in the Quote of the Month series…
James Madison: “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise” – letter to Wm. Bradford, April 1, 1774
…yep, sounds like x-ain principles….NOT