This is the opening line from the first in the Quote of the Month series. Thought I would repost it as a reminder why I am engaged in the endeavor. “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.”
This month we have a quote by John Adams.
“The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate A FREE INQUIRY? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.”
– letter to John Taylor
Hence the creation of the DI, AiG, and the ICR. All institutions dedicated to the whining and crying foul, as well as a practiced attack on all of science that dares to riddle their faith with holes, based on observable facts. All the while ignoring the atrocities of the past and present heaped upon society at the hands of their religions.
As always, the link to the page I borrow these quotes from: http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html