Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Words of the founders: the United States should not establish any religion 

We've got to take this back from the enemies of freedom, the Fundamentalists.

As farmer hammers home (back) the notion that the United States was founded as a "Godly" nation totally pins the bogometer, if we look at the historial record.

And I wish the Fundamentalists would stop lying about this one. Isn't their faith strong enough to stand on its own? Anyhow:

Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty, may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries," James Madison argued in 1784. "A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate" liberty, "needs them not." This future drafter of the Constitution wrote with some urgency. Patrick Henry was pushing a bill in the Virginia legislature that would dip into tax revenues to employ ministers from a variety of churches. The long struggle to determine the place of religion in American politics had begun.
(via Michael Kazin in The Times)

So Patrick Henry thought my tax money should pay for ministers, eh? Now I know why the theocon madrassa, Patrick Henry "University," (back) has the name that it does.

Phew! Not just a slush fund for SICs who are also Republican operatives, like that Faith-based crapola Bush has been peddling, but full-fledged establishment of religion. That's what Patrick Henry wanted, and we seem to be fighting the same battle against ignorance, hypocrisy, and lust for power two hundred years on. Good thing history is on our side. We won then, and we'll win now.

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