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"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 [Constitution] of our country"
(George Washington, 1789).
"Where do we find a precept in the Bible for Creeds,
Confessions, Doctrines and Oaths, and whole carloads of other
trumpery that we find religion encumbered with in these days?"
Just six years after the First Amendment became an official part
of the Constitution, the U.S. Senate read (in the English
language) and ratified a treaty with Tripoli which included in
Article 11 the following assertion: "The government of the
United States of America is not in any sense founded on the
Christian Religion" (John Adams, 1797,
Hunter Miller, ed., Treaties and other International Acts,
"I have examined all the known superstitions of the word, and I
do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one
redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and
mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since
the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured,
fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion?
To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites;
to support roguery and error all over the earth."
"Christianity...(has become) the most perverted system that ever
shone on man. ...Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were
perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes
and importers led by Paul, the first great corrupter of the
teaching of Jesus."
"The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an
engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial
constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to
themselves...these clergy, in fact, constitute the real
Jefferson's word for the Bible? "Dunghill."
"What influence in fact have Christian ecclesiastical
establishments had on civil society? In many instances they have
been upholding the thrones of political tyranny. In no instance
have they been seen as the guardians of the liberties of the
people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty have
found in the clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government,
instituted to secure and perpetuate liberty, does not need the
"I believe in one God, Creator of the universe.... That the most
acceptable service we can render Him is doing good to His other
children.... As to Jesus ... I have ... some doubts as to his
divinity; though it is a question I do not dogmatize upon,
having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself
with it now, when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the
truth with less trouble." - Benjamin
Franklin (Alice J. Hall,
"Philosopher of Dissent: Benj. Franklin," National Geographic,
Vol. 148, No. 1, July, 1975, p. 94.)
"When a Religion is good, I conceive it will
support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God
does not take care to support it so that its Professors are
obliged to call for help of the Civil Power, it is a sign, I
apprehend, of its being a bad one." -
Benjamin Franklin (from a letter to Richard Price, October 9,
"I would not dare to so dishonor my Creator God by attaching His
name to that book (the Bible)."
"Among the most detestable villains in history, you could not
find one worse than Moses. Here is an order, attributed to 'God'
to butcher the boys, to massacre the mothers and to debauch and
rape the daughters. I would not dare so dishonor my Creator's
name by (attaching) it to this filthy book (the Bible)."
"It is the duty of every true Deist to vindicate the moral
justice of God against the evils of the Bible."
"Accustom a people to believe that priests and clergy can
forgive sins...and you will have sins in abundance."
And; "The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and
revenue in pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a
life of poverty."