Today’s Sunday morning sermon is dedicated to to blowing apart the biggest lie and misconception we have going on in the U.S.A. today: America being a Christian Nation
The mouth runneth over again with Jerry Fallwell:
BZZZZT! Wrong again Jerry! Nice attempt at re-writing history, though.
My impression is that Jefferson allocated federal money to help the Kaskaskia Indians in all sorts of endeavors, but Mr. Moral Majority is just focusing on the “building a church” part.
Thomas Jefferson on Christianity:
FACT: Our Founding Fathers were mostly Deists, not Christians.
Theres a big difference.
Deists believe in God, but they don’t believe God interferes with the affairs of man (as a Fideist does), and looks upon “revealed religions” like Christianity and Islam with great skepticism.
Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin and Ethan Allen were all NOTORIOUSLY critical of Christianity and its apparent nature to rob a man of his reason and freedom. They offered a well-reasoned argument that the religion was hijacked by a renegade, intolerant apostle, and 4th century followers building “larger than life” stories about their original and wise (yet often ignored) leader.
Jefferson on the Christian idea of “religious freedom”:
If one would understand the basic beliefs of a Deist, one can understand why “endowed by their Creator” would be on government documents, and “In God We Trust” would be on our currency.
But it would do well for liars like Jerry Falwell to lead you to belive that “Belief in God” is the same as “Being a Christian”. Deists believe in God. Muslims believe in God. Neo-Pagans believe in God. And even our original inhabitants of this country believed in a “Great Spirit”, who can reasonably be assumed to be the same Being.
A Christian nation will be much like the Puritans of the 1600’s. They fled England because of persecution, and when they set up shop in America, they proved to be no better toward people different from their religious beliefs. A history that we will NEVER repeat.
It was the foresight and wisdom of our Founding Fathers to keep a separation of Church and State to insure religious freedom for the sole purpose of attracting the “Best of the Best” to the United States. Much of our progress has been due to people of many ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Jefferson on Freedom of Religion:
Don’t buy into the lies of this EVER being a “Christian Nation”. It is a nation of all people.
If I were God, I’d create a hell just for charlatans like Jerry Fallwell.
Jesus did battle with Pharisees just like Falwell back in his day, and I have no reason to believe he’s had a recent change of heart with liars and hypocrites looking to twist the truth to suit their agenda.