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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

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So....

Bill O' Reilly is on his own crusade against the evil "secularists", which he seems to define as anyone who doesn't want America to be a Christian Theocracy.

But America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, right?

"I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, 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." - Thomas Jefferson

Well...maybe John Adams was a religious guy.

"The doctrine of the divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."

But America is a Christian nation, right?

"The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." - John Adams again.

"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 clergy." - James Madison.

We all know Ben Franklin was non-religious, so just who are these pious Christian men who built this nation on the Bible? They just don't seem to exist.

It all boils down to the fact that O'Reilly just doesn't see the problem with religion intertwining in public affairs, mainly because the religion in question is the one he subscribes to.

And while we're on the subject of Mr. O'Reilly, his staunch defense of Mel Gibson certainly has nothing to do with the fact that Mel bought the rights to Billo's book.

So stop saying that.

By the way, I saw The Passion of the Christ, and I can say that while I understand why Jewish people would be worried, I don't think it was anti-Semetic. The Jewish High Priests came off more cartoonish than evil in my opninon.

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