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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sarah Palin: "America is a Christian Nation"

This past week, Sarah Palin has been getting hammered in the media (and rightfully so) for declaring to one and all that America is indeed a "Christian Nation" and that the Founding Fathers wanted to establish a government based on the Bible and the 10 Commandments (yes, she really said all this out loud). Here is the quote:
You can just go to our Founding Fathers' early documents and see how they crafted a Declaration of Independence and a Constitution that allows that Judeo-Christian belief to be the foundation of our lives...I think we should kind of keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant. They're quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the 10 Commandments.
Ok, in fairness, this isn't the first time Sarah Palin has made a complete idiot out of herself. Her "greatest hits" are full of bizarre rants on dinosaurs living with man, seeing Russia from her house, not being able to name a single Founding Father, her inability to point out where Africa is on a map, etc., etc., etc. Well, these latest comments not only reveal Palin's total lack of historical literacy but they reveal just how dangerous the fringe elements of Christian conservatism can be. Without coming out and saying it directly, Sarah Palin is clearly insinuating that God (and the founders) want(ed) America to be more of a Christian theocracy than it is today:

Nice story, Sarah, but there's only one problem. You know those founders you claim to know so much about? Well, they completely and totally disagree with you. See for yourself:

"Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of common law."
~Thomas Jefferson

"The Government of the United States is not, IN ANY SENSE, founded upon the Christian religion."
~John Adams, Treaty of Tripoli

"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned: yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth."
~Thomas Jefferson

"Experience witnesseth that ecclesiastical establishments, instead of maintaining the purity and efficacy of religion, have had a contrary operation. During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."
~James Madison

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
~Benjamin Franklin

"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst."
~Thomas Paine

"Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be depreciated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society."
~George Washington

"I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it."
~Benjamin Franklin, from "Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion", Nov. 20, 1728

"As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?"
~John Adams, letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816

"It may not be easy, in every possible case, to trace the line of separation between the rights of religion and the Civil authority with such distinctness as to avoid collisions and doubts on unessential points. The tendency to unsurpastion on one side or the other, or to a corrupting coalition or alliance between them, will be best guarded agst. by an entire abstinence of the Gov't from interfence in any way whatsoever, beyond the necessity of preserving public order, and protecting each sect agst. trespasses on its legal rights by others."
~James Madison

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole cartloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity."
~John Adams

And this list could go on, and on, and on, and on, and on...

Sorry, brainless wonder...er...Mrs. Palin but you need to go back to the 2nd grade!


WKen said...

This is the same Sarah Palin who said that we should keep "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance saying that if it was good enough for the Founders, it's good enough for her.

Idiocracy ... I like it.

Brad Hart said...

Yeah, I remember that "pearl of wisdom." Sometimes I wonder who is the dumber tea-bagger: Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin? Could you imagine if they had a kid? AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!

WKen said...

Now, THAT is a scary thought.