Thursday, November 25, 2004 The Enlightenment of the Founding Fathers

On this day of giving thanks, it is worth reflecting on the kind of thanks our founding fathers might have given, and to whom they would have given them. As previously discussed, the Right Reverend Antonin Scalia would have us believe that those good 'ol boys were early members of Jerry Falwell's flock. So the quotes gathered at boilingmad would give him pause, were he capable of honest thought on such matters. Two samples:

"The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?"
-John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, June 20, 1815

"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter." -Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

There you have it: two founding fathers, both elected President. If their heresies caused any political difficulties 200 years ago, I never heard about it. Yet both would be precluded from running for dogcatcher today by their blasphemy.


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