Quotations: Thomas Jefferson and Christianity

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The media in Thomas Jefferson’s day tried to slander him, saying he was an atheist. The quotations below set the record straight.

 

ThomasJeffersonHistorical Note about Jefferson’s contributions to the Great Seal of the United States

Thomas Jefferson, April 13, 1743

Together with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, Jefferson was appointed to draw up a proposal for the Great Seal of the United States. Although Congress later adopted a simpler design, Jefferson took this occasion to emphasize the historical influence of two earlier civilizations on the liberties of his countrymen. One side of his proposed seal depicted the Anglo-Saxon leader Hengist and Horsa, while the other side portrayed the ancient Israelites being led through the wilderness by God’s pillar of fire. (Allison, The Real Thomas Jefferson, pp. 73-74)

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.”

We can surely boast of having set the world a beautiful example of a government reformed by reason alone, without bloodshed. . . but the world is too far oppressed to profit by the example.

In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. (Allison, p. 200)

“I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another; for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents. “

“As to the calumny of atheism, I am so broken to calumnies of every kind. . .that I entirely disregard it … It has been so impossible to contradict all their lies that I have determined to contradict none, for while I should be engaged with one they would publish twenty new ones. [My] thirty years of public  life have enabled most of those who read newspapers to judge of one for themselves.”

My views of [the Christian religion] are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from that anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished anyone to be—sincerely attached to his doctrines in preference to all others.

I hold the precepts of Jesus, as delivered by himself, to be the most pure, benevolent, and sublime which have ever been preached to man.

If the freedom of religion guaranteed to us by law in theory can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, truth will prevail over fanaticism, and the genuine doctrines of Jesus, so long perverted by his pseudo-priests, will again be restored to their original purity. This reformation will advance with the other improvements of the human mind, but too late for me to witness it.

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Evolution, Creation, and Atheist Religion

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Is atheism a religion?

White House Petition to Ban Creationism Gathering Steam

justice gavelDefinition:

Courts have ruled that atheism is a religion since it is a set of beliefs. When will it be treated with the same level with the separation clause that liberals like to misuse? Religion is a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/religion

And the courts have ruled atheism is a religion:

http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474977925893

http://www.wnd.com/2005/08/31895/

Check it out: A White House petition to ban the teaching of creationism and Intelligent Design in American classrooms has garnered 23,715 signatures in one week. “Both of these so-called ‘theories’ have no basis in scientific fact, and have absolutely zero evidence pointing towards these conjectures. These types of loopholes in our education are partially to blame for our dangerously low student performances in math and science,” reads the petition created by someone listed as A.J. of Vienna, Virginia. “Therefore, we petition the Obama Administration to ban the teachings of these conjectures that contradict Evolution.” The petition must receive 100,000 signatures by July 15 to guaranteed a response by the Obama Administration.
Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2013/06/white-house-petition-to-ban-creationism-gathering-steam/#wzFesCkQqsVvDJ0I.99

EvolutionVsGod-340x149Movie—Evolution vs. God

“The problem with those who are unable to see evolution, I think, is they don’t have imaginations,” she said in Comfort’s new video, “Evolution vs. God.”

Comfort’s earlier projects have included “Nothing Created Everything,” “You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think,” “Evolution: A Fairy Tale for Grownups,” and “Intelligent Design vs. Evolution,” his views are neither undefined nor hidden.

“Evolution vs God,” a 38-minute video, now is available for download online, and Comfort plans to make it widely available in a few weeks on DVD.

More about video here

http://evolutionvsgod.com/

Bible Study: Judge vs. Atheist

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A FLORIDA COURT SETS
ATHEIST HOLY DAY

justice gavelIn Florida , an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, “Case dismissed!”

The lawyer immediately stood and objecting to the ruling saying,
“Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays…”

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counselor, is woefully ignorant.”
The lawyer said, “Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”
The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’

Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool.

Therefore,
April 1st is his day.

Court is adjourned…”

Creation, Evolution, and Message from God

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Journalist Virginia Heffernan Admits She’s a Creationist and Drives Evolutionists Crazy

Gary DeMar

There’s a story going around about  journalist Virginia Heffernan who admits she’s a creationist. The liberal/atheist disdain for Virginia Heffernan is thicker than quick-drying cement.
The essay is titled ‘Why I’m a Creationist,’ and she wrote: ‘Also, at heart, I am a creationist. There, I said it.’”

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Christian Parenting: Teaching Truth

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When children ask tough questions, give them …

Truth … and The Truth

By Stacy Long

 American Family Association Journal
A mother claiming to be an atheist and blogging on CNN iReports (ireport.cnn.com) incited an Internet firestorm when she posted an article titled “Why I raise my kids without God.” Over 750,000 users viewed the post, but many objected to her grievous misrepresentation of Christianity. The author, identified as TXBlue08, told CNN she shared the essay because “people misunderstand or are fearful of people who don’t believe in God.” However, her own misunderstanding and fear of the Christian God is strikingly apparent.

TXBlue08’s story begins with the questions of a preschooler – essential questions that have belonged to every person in every age, questions that every parent must answer. With the precocious question of a preschooler, the battle for her heart and mind begins, and Christian parents must choose a side and take part in the contest.

TXBlue08 takes the offensive against the “the illogical legend of God,” arming her children with the argument that, while Christianity hinders natural human freedom and goodness, if there were a God, He could not be good because He allows suffering.

teachingfamiaboutchristFortunately, there are plenty of Christian mothers who were more than ready to talk with AFA Journal about TXBlue08’s objections, revealing the truth about God and the truth about Christian parenting.

BARBARA CHALLIES: Answering the big question
In a conversation with AFAJ, Barbara Challies of Chattanooga, Tennessee, guest blogger on the True Woman website and mother of Christian writer Tim Challies, quickly identified the fundamental error in TXBlue08’s designation of goodness.

“She mentions legends,” Challies noted. “Well, if you want to talk about legends, the biggest legend in existence is the legend of human goodness. The truth is we only want to do evil all the time, as in the time of Noah; that is human nature. Portraying God as evil and ourselves as good totally reverses the true categories.”

At the same time, the blogger in the CNN article says a good God should not allow people to harm others, indicating that she wants God to override human freedom to do evil. In reality, Challies pointed out, God does protect the Christian from rampant sin, “by giving us a new nature, not by overriding our freedom at all.”

Another contradiction arises when TXBlue08 adds, “We are no more special than the next creature. We are just a very, very small part of a big, big machine.”

A statement like that leaves TXBlue08 ill equipped to answer the question Challies asked: “If people are so insignificant, doesn’t it justify God for ignoring their suffering? Furthermore, as ‘part of a machine,’ her child has no context to address the issues of social justice and suffering she is so concerned about.”

And there the pitfall for the atheist parent opens up, for every answer to every question exposes a new and greater fallacy. On the other hand, the Christian faith only grows deeper and more intrinsic with every question asked and answered, for Christianity is meant to challenge – to challenge the world, to challenge self and to challenge sin. And so, the Christian parent tackles the difficult questions as soon as children are ready to ask them.

“It’s up to parents to interpret the world for their children.” Challies said. “As a parent, that’s your calling, and you do it to the best of your ability. So, answer the big questions from the time they’re tiny. If you don’t start answering them until they’re adolescent, it’s way too late. My kids asked the big questions when they were little and just grew with the answers.”

NANCY PEARCEY: Testifying to human experience
Nancy Pearcey – director of the Francis Schaeffer Center at Houston Baptist University, author of Saving Leonardo and editor at large of the Pearcey Report – weighed in on the conversation as a mother who daily works in the field of Christian apologetics.

“The idea that humans are cogs in a very big machine, without moral freedom or significance, runs counter to all of human experience,” she explained. “A worldview is offered to explain the world, as we actually experience it. Any worldview that contradicts basic human experience is a failed worldview.”

In fact, studies indicate that even without any prior experience with religious ideas, children have an instinctive awareness of God, as TXBlue08 discovered when her small children began probing her for information about a God she ignored.

“Studies show that children in every culture have a concept of God, no matter how they are raised,” Pearcey said. “Most people have to be educated out of the knowledge of God by secular parents and schools and media.”

And so atheist parents must fight against the testimony of reason, conscience and experience – clearly a losing battle as Challies and Pearcey have demonstrated in the case of TXBlue08. On the other hand, Christian parents seek to express the fullness of truth that underlies all the universe and all of human existence. In doing so, Christian parents answer their children’s questions by presenting them with the depths of Christian truth – both its cohesive beauty and its very real challenges.

Documentary: Charles Darwin, Ideas, and Eugenics

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Movie Reviews, Documentary: What hath Darwin wrought?

Darwin was better than his teachings. Charles Darwin loved his wife and children. He paid his taxes and he never kicked his dog. But Charles Darwin had a big idea, and ideas have consequences.

darwinThis documentary is hosted by Todd Friel, who interviews experts Dr. David Berlinsky, Dr. Richard Weikart, and Dr. John West

Ben Stein made a video about how God was expelled from schools. Kirk Cameron made a video connecting Darwin with Nazism. Cameron got a lot of flack on the internet. People were saying how brilliant Darwin was. How does anyone dare argue with Darwin? Todd Friel interviewed the following experts.

Dr. David Berlinsky

The ideology of Nazism and its anti-Semitism—where did it come from? In the mid-nineteenth century the Darwin philosophy began. There is not a direct connection with Nazism. Hitler does not mention Darwin. The Nazis considered themselves exceptionally “scientific”. They believed in following science to its logical conclusion, no matter where it led. They also indulged in vigorous paganism; it was a cult.

Darwin believed humans were not different from animals. Darwin believed there was competition among animals. Nazis believed in competition between the races. Nazis had no morals. Darwin holds a sacred place in scientific philosophy.

Dr. Richard Wiekart

Dr. Wiekart studied eugenics—400,000 were sterilized in Europe 1934-1939. Those who had a hereditary illness, or were deaf, blind, alcoholic, or epileptic were candidates for sterilization. Then Hitler stopped sterilization and went to euthanasia, which was  simply killing of those people.

Adolph Hitler wanted to destroy the weak to make room for the strong. In his book, Mein Kampf, he writes of biological evolution and natural selection.

Fried: Did they pervert Darwin’s philosophy?

Darwin was interested in breeding to promote higher animals. He said that in a primitive society, natural selection resulted in the destruction of savages.

6 Fundamental beliefs of Darwin

1. Humans had animal ancestry

2. Denied the existence of the human soul

3. Biological inequality

4. Struggle for existence

5. Death provided progress for evolution

6. Moral relativism

Friel: There have always been mad-men, but the 20th century was the bloodiest century in human history. Why was it different?

The tyrants in past eras were indeed mad-men, but in the 20th century emerged something that wasn’t there before: the ideological worldview. Totalitarianism came from many sources, but no honest man can omit Darwin’s ideas.

Darwin’s contributions to science were actually minimal. But his influence on thought and society was far-reaching.

Adam Sedgewick warning

Adam Sedgewick, mentor of Charles Darwin:

Sedgwick on natural selection :

As to your grand principle—natural selection—what is it but a secondary consequence of supposed, or known, primary facts. Development is a better word because more close to the cause of the fact. For you do not deny causation. I call (in the abstract) causation the will of God: & I can prove that He acts for the good of His creatures. He also acts by laws which we can study & comprehend— Acting by law, & under what is called final cause, comprehends, I think, your whole principle. You write of “natural selection” as if it were done consciously by the selecting agent. ‘Tis but a consequence of the presupposed development, & the subsequent battle for life.—

Tis the crown & glory of organic science that it does thro’ final cause , link material to moral; & yet does not allow us to mingle them in our first conception of laws, & our classification of such laws whether we consider one side of nature or the other— You have ignored this link; &, if I do not mistake your meaning, you have done your best in one or two pregnant cases to break it. Were it possible (which thank God it is not) to break it, humanity in my mind, would suffer a damage that might brutalize it—& sink the human race into a lower grade of degradation than any into which it has fallen since its written records tell us of its history.

Tyrants and Atheists in History

eastgermanborderVarious atheists claim that atheism had nothing to do with China, Russia, etc. Voltaire’s ideas were widely influential; he scorned Christianity.

Hitler was a politician; he did not want to alienate Christians. But in reality he was contemptuous of prayer and faith.

Darwinist Richard Dawkins claims that Hitler was not a Darwinist.

Darwin wrote that Nature was in the role of a breeder. He In his book, Origin of the Species, he talks about natural selection. His racism is much more evident in his book, The Descent of Man, where he discussed various challenges.

Economic: He believed there were too many people to feed. The weak must make room for the strong.

Race: He believed the earth was being overwhelmed by inferior races, and that superior races must be preserved and protected. He actually believed that the small pox vaccination was wrong, because it kept alive people who should have died. If left to nature, inferior races would have been naturally weeded out. This led to his belief about death.

Death: He believed that evolutionary progress came from the death of the masses.

Those who championed eugenics did draw on Darwinian precepts.

Eugenics in the United States

Francis Galton, Darwin’s cousin, was considered the father of eugenics. Like his colleagues, he believed that man was the cause of the problem, and the inferior races needed to be weeded out.

By the 1890s, eugenics was really catching on. This was applied Darwinism. Darwin did not believe in compulsory sterilization. He promoted voluntary eugenics. There was a lab in the United States that was doing experimental evolution. It was not secret. People knew about what was going on in California. Of the 60,000 sterilizations in the United States  during 1909-1960, 20,000 of those were in California.

Dr. John West

American Museum of Natural History promoted eugenics.  There, Frances Galton, founder of eugenics, and his cousin Charles Darwin, hold places of honor.

Friel: Was American eugenics racist? Was it a “fringe” movement?

Eugenics  was not a fringe movement. The Progressives were racist and they, including Theodore Roosevelt, championed it. From 1852-1996, “social reformers” were highly involved in it. In North Carolina, 1929-1975, 7600 people were sterilized.

Blacks and Hispanics were considered a lesser stage of evolution. Eugenicists wanted to breed human beings according to Darwinian principles. They thought it was good if the “scum” were forcibly sterilized. They promoted lobotomies as well.

Clarence Darrow, a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, clearly stated that he wanted to “kill the unfit.”

plannedParenthoodAFAMargaret Sanger

She founded Planned Parenthood, of which there are 800,000 in the United States. She believed in weeding out the unfit. Even after the Nazi era, when eugenics became a bad word, Sanger was a eugenics zealot, and proud of it. She was opposed to large families, and had no qualms about killing. She was influenced by Darwinian thought. She thought the poor were unfit and inferior. Her candidates for sterilization were immigrants, the lower class, the poor, the mentally unfit, all of whom she considered to be human waste. Seventy percent of her clinics are in minority neighborhoods. She was inspired by Darwinian evolution and the survival of the fittest.

More about Margaret Sanger: https://dinnertopics.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/abortion-eugenics-and-genocide/

George Bernard Shaw

February 7, 1934, said he hoped someone would invent a painless, humane gas to get rid of the unfit. This gas was invented in Nazi Germany by Adolph Eichmann, to the sorrow of more than 6 million Jews.

“Three generations of imbeciles is enough. “~Oliver Wendell Holmes, a Chief Justice on the Supreme Court, strong Darwinist

Theodore Roosevelt was in favor of “controlling the unfit.”

Julian Huxley, author of “Brave New World”, was an avid eugenicist.

1957-1990 The term “eugenics” was negative in the past, because of Darwinian scientists, evolutionary psychology.

Modern Eugenics

Now it is coming back. It is in the form of individuals doing it, under a new language, such as selective abortion, designer babies, etc.

Peter Singer

Professor at Princeton Peter Sanger wrote of the de-sanctifying of human life. On the basis of Darwinism, he said a human life is of less value than a pig or other animal.

This undermines Judeo-Christian ethics, which can’t use eugenics for population control.

Alexander Sanger, grandson of Margaret claims that abortion promotes the fit individual. To him, abortion is good, grounded in Darwinian biology.

Animal Rights: Humans are not different from animals.

Eric Pianka—the sanctity of life is not important; should get rid of 90% of population.

Columbine Shooting

Murderers Harris and Clibold worshipped Charles Darwin. They played electronic games, killing off the unfit. The day of the shooting they wore T shirts with “Natural Selection” on them.

Charles Darwin was a racist. He thought blacks were closest to apes. He was against slavery, but used science to justify his racism. (Many liberal abortionists manifest the same contradiction when they say, “I don’t believe in abortion myself, but others should have the right to do it.”)

In chapter 5 of his “Descent of Man”, he writes that the small pox vaccination was wrong, that it would destroy the human race, by not allowing the weaker of the species to die out.

His sons were leaders in eugenics. They want to go back to the law of the jungle.

Darwin was better than his teachings. Charles Darwin loved his wife and children. He paid his taxes and he never kicked his dog. But Charles Darwin had a big idea, and ideas have consequences.

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Atheists Bully Christmas Display

Atheist Bullies Shut Down Christmas Displays

With the liberal interpretation of church-state separation — a concept not found in the Constitution — the courts are effectively installing a state religion in violation of the First Amendment. As more and more of our Western heritage is swept aside by the courts, one day the atheist state religion will have to reckon with the power of Islam. On that day, the atheists may long for a little Christmas and Hanukkah. ~Political Outcast

 

Once again, atheists have shut down the First Amendment rights of Christians and Jews with the blessings of a federal court.

For 60 years, the city of Santa Monica, California, has allowed private Nativity and Hanukkah displays in its Palisades Park, which overlooks the ocean and the famed Santa Monica Pier.

But as has happened in so many other places, a tradition enjoyed by an entire community that was just intended to make the world a nicer place drew the attention of a mean-spirited atheist with his nose out of joint because he hates Christians and Christmas.

Atheist Damon Vix wasn’t content with just putting up his protest booth three years ago. Last year, he recruited a bunch of other atheists to flood the city with applications, packing what was supposed to be a fair lottery.

The atheists managed to steal 18 of the 21 spaces, leaving only three for Christian and Jewish groups. They only actually used half of the spaces, leaving the others empty. The ones they did use were filled with signs and displays insulting people who believe in God, including one featuring Richard Dawkins’ “Flying Spaghetti Monster.”

Rather than step in and do something to preserve a community tradition, Santa Monica city officials this year chickened out and just banned all holiday booths in the park.

A federal judge this week rejected the request by the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee to allow the display this year while its lawsuit against the city proceeded. The judge ruled that the city can bar Christian groups from putting up the Nativity displays in the park and that the city had provided other avenues for religious expression.

The city claimed that it wasn’t shutting down the displays because of the religious dispute, but because of growing costs. Yet, it still allows displays elsewhere in the city. The opening of the city’s other parks to displays with permits was just an effort by the city to appear blameless in all of this, and it worked.

But Palisades Park is the prime spot for community groups, providing visibility on one of the city’s main thoroughfares and on the Pacific Coast Highway, as well as from the beach and pier. It’s sort of like if the city of New York decided there could be no Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center,  but offered a spot at a neighborhood park 10 blocks away instead.

“The atheists won and they will always win unless we get courts to understand how the game is played and this is a game that was played very successfully and they knew it,” said attorney William Becker, who compared the city to Pontius Pilate.

Vix, the troublemaker who started all the problems, said, “So many people don’t understand atheists. If you read the signs we put up, one said, ‘Love is all around you.’ That’s really a better understanding of who most atheists are.”

That statement might be less laughable if atheists weren’t perpetually trying to sue Christians into oblivion with the excuse that they are “offended.”

By hiding behind the law and claiming not to be religious, atheists have made serious inroads through the courts toward the ultimate goal of keeping Christians and Jews from participating in public life.

With the liberal interpretation of church-state separation — a concept not found in the Constitution — the courts are effectively installing a state religion in violation of the First Amendment.

As more and more of our Western heritage is swept aside by the courts, one day the atheist state religion will have to reckon with the power of Islam. On that day, the atheists may long for a little Christmas and Hanukkah.
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