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July 11th, 2014 05:00:00 am
Our wise founding fathers separated church and state. Fun fact, they weren't all Christian: “Franklin and Jefferson were Deist, Washington harbored a pantheistic sense of providential destiny, John Adams began a Congregationalist and ended a Unitarian and Hamilton a lukewarm Anglican." (Britannica)
We have had Senators, Representatives, Governors, mayors and more who have actually been—gasp—atheist! Yet 53% of American voters have said that they wouldn't vote for an atheist. Atheism rated the most negative trait, more than being gay, having an extramarital affair, or being over 70 years-old.
So it's okay to hold office if you have morals but not practice them, or live a lifestyle that conflicts with your religious beliefs, or are well past the age of retirement. You might have great values, good morals and fabulous integrity (all of which are conspicuously absent in Washington DC nowadays), but you can't be an atheist.
When did religion take over our country? It obviously wasn't with the founding fathers, considering most of them would be considered unelectable by today's standards.
Ben Franklin said, “Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.” Thomas Jefferson said “Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.” John Adams said, “the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
Yet we are either lied to or spoken to from a place of ignorance by many of our current religious leaders, who force their spiritual beliefs and agendas on the whole nation.
If you feel like Christ had good principles of living, then by all means, live them—don't preach them. If you feel the Torah has wisdom with which to live a better life, then live it—don't preach it. If the oran gives you a moral compass, then live it—don't preach it. Don't do things in the name of God that goes against the tenants of God. If you want an upstanding, brilliant man with high integrity and morals, put aside what religion they ascribe to and watch how their speech matches their actions. Often, those men who preach so loudly of heaven and hell have not only done no earthly good, but have caused the greatest wars, deaths and tragedies the earth has ever known.