Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Americas Most Biblically Hostile President

Most Biblically Hostile President

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814

Anonymous said...

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprize, every expanded prospect." - Letter to William Bradford, April 1, 1774

James Madison

Anonymous said...

Cabalistic Christianity, which is Catholic Christianity, and which has prevailed for 1,500 years, has received a mortal wound, of which the monster must finally die. Yet so strong is his constitution, that he may endure for centuries before he expires.

— John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, July 16, 1814.

George Washington said...

I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction. To this consideration we ought to ascribe the absence of any regulation, respecting religion, from the Magna-Charta of our country.
- responding to a group of clergymen who complained that the Constitution lacked mention of Jesus Christ, in 1789, Papers, Presidential Series, 4:274, the "Magna-Charta" here refers to the proposed United States Constitution

Blogger said...

Anonymous. Looks like you had the same problem as TJ. You are using the wrong perceptual system to understand the spiritual. 1Co 2:13 We don't have to rely on the world's guesses and opinions. We didn't learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we're passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way.
1Co 2:14 The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can't receive the gifts of God's Spirit. There's no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit--God's Spirit and our spirits in open communion.
1Co 2:15 Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God's Spirit is doing, and can't be judged by unspiritual critics.

John Quincy Adams said...

“There are in this country, as in all others, a certain proportion of restless and turbulent spirits - poor, unoccupied, ambitious - who must always have something to quarrel about with their neighbors. These people are the authors of religious revivals.”

Abraham Lincoln said...

"My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them." Lincoln in a letter to Judge J.S. Wakefield, after the death of Willie Lincoln

Theodore Roosevelt said...

“To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.” (letter to J. C. Martin, 9 November 1908)

Anonymous said...

yawn. Why do these fools think that cutting and pasting is a substitute for thinking?

Brushfire said...

I wonder which of these presidents is most biblically hostile?
It appears a good many of them were. I vote for Thomas Jefferson. He actually took a razor and literally cut out parts of the bible and pasted the non-supernatural parts back together.

Sarkazein said...

Brushfire- Thank you for the heads up about Thomas Jefferson and the Bible. It caused me to do a little reading on the subject. Of course, I interpret his actions in an exact opposite way. It appears Jefferson loved the Bible and wanted to show the historical and ethical life of Jesus.
Your comment that he slashed the Bible with a razor in a rage of hate (is how your comment reads) is something a Leftist college professor would say in front of a room full of students with skulls full of mush.

Reader said...

Sark, I did the same. I went with David Barton's view myself. He doesn't just chooes one side or the other, he states facts.

Sarkazein said...

Thank you Reader. Here is the video of David Barton's opinion. The Left has been on a non-stop attack on religion, the Founders, and our traditions.

Sarkazein said...

Reader- Thanks for the David Barton piece. I linked to David Barton's video. I Can't believe how much these Leftists go out of their way to try and sully the Founders.
My last comment didn't show up, so I am trying again.

Brushfire said...

You all are missing the point. I think it's great the founders were not literal bible worshipers. The two most fervent Christian presidents in my lifetime were Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. Neither one was very good at the job. I wish Barack Obama were less of a believer in the supernatural. It's funny though, that of all the atheist or agnostic presidents we've had, you impugn the faith of one who does profess to be a believer, and has attended church regularly for many years .
I never said or implied that Jefferson slashed the bible in a rage. He just couldn't stomach all the supernatural garbage. "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes."
-Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, Dec. 6, 1813.

Sarkazein said...

Brushfire- Most of them prayed. Wouldn't prayer be supernatural?

Sarkazein said...

BRushy- "Preist-ridden" . You might want to look up Protestants or the Scottish history of religion.

guy faulkes said...

Be kind to Brushfire today (Sunday April first 1012). As atheists do not have a religious holiday most people feel atheists can make do with April Fool's day. It is her day, after all.

Why did you change from Brushfire to Bridle back to Brushfie?