Originally uploaded by HazelFiver
"I hope you die. I hope you die soon. I'll be WAITING for you to die!!" - Regina Giddons to her husband Horace, The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman.
Posted by DFV at 5:07 PM
Posted by DFV at 4:50 PM
List of Deists: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Lincoln. (Note: most of the Founding Fathers were listed as Episcopalians because they were, by law, to profess the Anglican - Church of England - faith)
List of Unitarians: John Quincy Adams, Millard Fillmore and William Howard Taft. In the eyes of today's Religious Right, Unitarians are not really Christians.
List of Jehovah's Witnesses: Dwight David Eisenhower.
List of Dutch Reformed: Martin Van Buren, Theodore Roosevelt
Strict Separation of Church and State: Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, Garfield, Johnson (Lyndon).
Presidential statements on religious tolerance:"The lessons of religious toleration -- a toleration which recognizes complete liberty of human thought, liberty of conscience -- is one which, by precept and example, must be inculcated in the hearts and minds of all Americans if the institutions of our democracy are to be maintained and perpetuated. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Political religionists of today must really detest these presidents. Pat Robertson, for example, has stated that separation of church and state is NOT in the Constitution. James Dobson says the same thing (but more emphatically). Religious tolerance? Take a look at Rod Parsley:
"I'm urging you to fight," Parsley preached on May 4th. He declared that the United States is in a two-front war against "rabid Islamo-fascism" and secularism at home.
So why didn't God send a message and kill most of our presidents on Independence Day? Perhaps He respected them and their ideologies after all. Perhaps these men were respected because of their reverence for truth and - reason:
"It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin." - James Monroe
"If an election is to be determined by a majority of a single vote, and that can be procured by a party through artifice or corruption, the Government may be the choice of a party for its own ends, not of the nation for the national good." - John AdamsHappy Independence Day:
Posted by DFV at 12:40 AM
Posted by DFV at 12:17 AM