Freethinker’s Forum: An unholy union?
Guess what, folks? Most of the founding fathers of America were deists, not Christians, and the only thing they feared more than religion was British taxation. So before you proclaim your everlasting hatred toward atheists, or as one reader so eloquently labeled me, “you evolved Darwin types,” keep in mind that some of the greatest men in history had atheistic opinions, and they did everything in their power to limit the influence of the church.
Most Americans are unsure about whether our founding fathers sided with the heathens. I know this can’t be easy to hear, but the truth is, certain aspects of our forefathers’ philosophies have been concealed by Orwellian censorship, perhaps in an attempt to make America’s heroes more palatable to the general public.
The real, and uncensored, Thomas Jefferson was mortified by religious dogma, and he often made statements like, “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot.” If you think that is extreme, his opinion became even more atheistic when he was defending science. “They (preachers) dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.”
Jefferson was not the only patriot guilty of blasphemy, though. In a letter to a friend, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “In the affairs of the world, men are saved, not by faith, but by the lack of it.”
But fear not, good Christian. According to the trusty King James Bible, such slander does not go unpunished. God will ensure that these two brilliant men forever burn in the fires of hell.
And Satan’s barbecue isn’t just a table for two. John Adams, the dedicated patriot and president, also signed off on his fiery fate as soon as he announced, “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.”
Although these three men did not speak for all of the delegates, it’s safe to say the majority of them would agree that America is not “One nation under God.” This sentiment was made clear in the Treaty of Tripoli, a document that was ratified by a unanimous Senate vote in 1797, and it explicitly stated, “The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion.”
So, while you draft up that ever-so-articulate piece of hate mail for me, please remember that the framers of the Constitution were just as blasphemous as I am, and our vision is one and the same – not the destruction of faith, but the end of dogma.
– Damian Sowers can be reached at Damian.Sowers@gmail.com.
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