The New 3 "Rs"
Thanksgiving - Origin
Christmas - Origin
Truth, Integrity & Ethics
Science and Religion
Famous American Quotes
Whale Evolution (Macro)
Misc. Areas of Interest
Josephus & Christianity
Christians Need Evolution
Why did Jesus not return?
Why evidence is not effective
Science & Religion links
Adam & Eve - Genomics
The Church & Evolution
Young Earth Creationism
Christianity & Evolution
Macroevolution is true
Human evolution is true
Scriptures are not inspired
Theism not believable
It's not about the evidence
World Views In Collision
Feelings. Red pill - Blue pill
DNA Evidence - Insertions
1. ERVs 2. Transposons
Human Chrom. 2 Fusion
Human Lice & Evolution
Why did they say that?
Old Testament Narratives
"Firmament" - Flat Earth
Who Wrote The Bible?
"Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned ; yet we have not advanced on inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth."
"They (the christian clergy) believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly: for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
"On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind."
"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies."
"...the Christian philosophy... [is] but [the] most perverted system that ever shone on man..."
To Joseph Priestley, Washington, March 21, 1801
"We are afraid of the known and afraid of the unknown. That is our daily life and in that there is no hope, and therefore every form of philosophy, every form of theological concept, is merely an escape from the actual reality of what is. All outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society."
“;that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry, that therefore the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence, by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages, to which, in common with his fellow citizens, he has a natural right...these are criminal who do not withstand such temptation, yet neither are those innocent who lay the bait in their way;”
~ Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Statue For Religious Freedom, 1786 enacted, drafted by Jefferson in 1777. Of all that he did, this is only one of three accomplishments he instructed to put in his epitaph.
“Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of the church tends to make the clergy unresponsive to the people and leads to corruption within religion. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society. We have solved … the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries.”
~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson: in a speech to the Virginia Baptists, 1808
"I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake... Religion is all bunk."
"I don't want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it."
~ Rev. Billy Graham, Parade Magazine, 1981.
William Jennings Bryan
"The real attack of evolution, it will be seen, is not upon orthodox Christianity or even upon Christianity, but upon religion - the most basic fact in man's existence and the most practical thing in life. If taken seriously and made the basis of a philosophy of life, it would eliminate love and carry man back to a struggle of tooth and claw."
~ William Jennings Bryan, closing statement, Scopes Trial, 1925
"We establish no religion in this country. We command no worship. We mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate."
~ Ronald Reagan, Speech to Temple Hillel and Community Leaders in Valley Stream
(October 26, 1984)
The Conservative Christian Case for Separation of Church and State. Link
Little-Known US Document Signed by President Adams Proclaims America's Governemnt Is Secular. Link
The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America. Link
Book by Frank Lambert. A review. Princeton University Press.
A more balanced view than most writing.
Through a glass, darkly: How the christain right is reimagining US history. Link.
"The actual past no more serves the imagination of secularism than that of fundamentalism".
If all atheists left America... (to form a true Christian Nation) Link.
Martin Sheen on Church/State Separation Link
Freedom to Believe - Or Not (Nickelodeon). Link Christian Nation?
The Christian Nation Myth (Farell Till) Link
Five Founding Fathers that today would be unelectable Link
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"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God".
~ George H.W. Bush, 41st President. August 27, 1987 during a conversation with Robert I. Sherma