Closing Thought–20Jun18

These days with the children thing and the quotes saying that the Bible made them do it….I thought I would look at the Founders and their religious convictions….

I get tickled because so-called conservs say that we must keep Jesus in the Constitution…well actually he was not named God was but Jesus was left out for some reason.

The reason basically many of the Founders were “Deists” and not Christians……but why not take a look at 5 of the Founding Fathers that probably could not get elected these days because of their religious beliefs……

To hear the Religious Right tell it, men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were 18th-century versions of Jerry Falwell in powdered wigs and stockings. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Unlike many of today’s candidates, the founders didn’t find it necessary to constantly wear religion on their sleeves. They considered faith a private affair. Contrast them to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (who says he wouldn’t vote for an atheist for president because non-believers lack the proper moral grounding to guide the American ship of state), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (who hosted a prayer rally and issued an infamous ad accusing President Barack Obama of waging a “war on religion”) and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum (whose uber-Catholicism leads him to oppose not just abortion but birth control).

https://www.alternet.org/here-are-5-founding-fathers-whose-skepticism-about-christianity-would-make-them-unelectable-today

Did you know that Jefferson put together his own version of the New Testament?

Jefferson’s goal was to clarify the teachings of Jesus which he believed provided “the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.”

But do yourself a favor and read for yourself…..

http://thejeffersonbible.com/

Time for my posting day to come to an end…..be well….chuq

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11 thoughts on “Closing Thought–20Jun18

  1. Whenever I see The Bible quoted as justification for anything, I can feel myself tightening up. Have they forgotten that terrorists do exactly the same thing? Corrupting quotes from the Koran, to suit their purposes?
    A soon as anyone uses religion to settle an argument, whatever that religion is, (did you get that, Israel?) then I know immediately that they are wrong, and that the argument is unfounded, whatever it might be.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I agree…the quickest way to lose my vote is to include anything religious in your campaign…..side note have you heard of a book “Bible Unearthed”…..by Finkelstein….shoots holes in the Old Testament big time….chuq

      1. I read The Bible extensively at school. Lots of wars and battles, numerous killings and executions, and a decent amount of sex.
        Ideal, for a 12 year old! 🙂

  2. A problem with the “deGoding” of Jefferson Bible is that Jesus is not Jesus without God. Jesus is not Jesus without His divine “super powers” either. I can’t imagine what the point of Jefferson’s effort was unless to suggest Jesus would be a good teacher for atheist or non Christians to live a moral life. The Founders were products of The Enlightenment. About a third were practicing Christians, a third Deists(non denominational divine providence) and a third Humanists. Then overreaching God as “divine architect of the universe” for those that were of one of three categories and masons.

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