Thursday, January 12, 2012

5 Founding Fathers Whose Skepticism About Christianity Would Make Them Unelectable Today

5 Founding Fathers Whose Skepticism About Christianity Would Make Them Unelectable Today: "Thomas Jefferson believed that a coolly rational form of religion would take root in America. Was he ever wrong.

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)...."


MotivatedinOhio said...

These people use religion as a prop.  While I do not know what is in their hearts and minds, they don't seem to be living a faith.  I heard a saying on Twitter  "Don't tell me you are a Christian, let me guess".  I like that.

Underground Politics said...

They really don't. I hate how much they twist things or say that we were founded on Christianity when that's not the case at all. I'm glad that I now know about the Treaty of Tripole. I finally have some ammo.

MotivatedinOhio said...

The only person who is saying that, is David Barton, the hack.  He has been rewriting history to suit his RW agenda.

Underground Politics said...

Lovely :|