Originally Posted by MasterOfPuppets
seperation from church and state , which is what our " founding fathers " wanted , not only means "freedom of religion " , but freedom FROM religion .
if our founding fathers are rolling in their grave over anything , it would be for the way our government is subsidizing churches by giving them tax exempt status , which forces the citizens to pick up the slack.
here's some quotes from some of our founding fathers...
"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, "Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."
"It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man."
"The study of theology, as it stands in Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on nothing; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing and admits of no conclusion."
"No falsehood is so fatal as that which is made an article of faith."
"Of all the tyrannies that afflict mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. Every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in, but this attempts a stride beyond the grave and seeks to pursue us into eternity."
"What is it the New Testament teaches us? To believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married; and the belief of this debauchery is called faith."
"The Bible: a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind."
"The Christian system of religion is an outrage on common sense."
"The Bible is a book that has been read more, and examined less, than any book that ever existed."
"Priests and conjurors are of the same trade."
"The story of the redemption will not stand examination. That man should redeem himself from the sin of eating an apple by committing a murder on Jesus Christ, is the strangest system of religion ever set up."