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TLAA Radio Show #002 – Secular America

Originally Aired 8-20-2017

In this episode, I discuss the argument concerning the supposed connection between Christianity and the founding principles of the United States.

Quotes

“If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.”
~Founding Father George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789

“Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.”

~Founding Father John Adams, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” (1787-88)

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.”
~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

“In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Horatio Spofford, 1814

“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.”

~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson: in letter to Alexander von Humboldt, December 6, 1813

“The civil government functions with complete success by the total separation of the Church from the State.”
~Founding Father James Madison, 1819, Writings, 8:432, quoted from Gene Garman, “Essays In Addition to America’s Real Religion”

“When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obligated to call for help of the civil power, it’s a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”
~Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, letter to Richard Price, October 9, 1780

“No religious doctrine shall be established by law.”
~Founding Father Elbridge Gerry, Annals of Congress 1:729-731

“It is contrary to the principles of reason and justice that any should be compelled to contribute to the maintenance of a church with which their consciences will not permit them to join, and from which they can derive no benefit;”
~Founding Father George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.
~letter written by Thomas Jefferson about the separation of church and state

Links:

http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/ex/1.html
http://www.deism.com/theageofreason.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_III_of_the_United_Kingdom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tripoli

Song List

  1. Animus Vox – The Glitch Mob – Drink the Sea
  2. Orchestrated Incident – Gramatik – SB#2
  3. the beast – Jonae’ – into the Blue
  4. Elements – Lindsey Stirling – Lindsey Stirling
  5. Fortune Days – The Glitch Mob – Drink the Sea
  6. Guitar Sound – Ronald Jenkees – Disorganized Fun
  7. B-boy On Wax (Instrumental) – Wax Tailor – In the Mood for Life (Instrumentals)
  8. You Wish – Nightmares On Wax – In a Space Outta Sound
  9. Preservation – Wu-Tang – Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture (Instrumental), Vol. 1
  10. Above the Clouds – Little People – Mickey Mouse Operation
  11. Chuda – East Bay Rhythm
  12. Ketto – Bonobo – Days To Come
  13. So Easy – Röyksopp – Melody A.M.
  14. Soul Switch – Brusspup – Soul Switch – Single