Christo-Fascists love to declare how the “Founding Fathers” were all Christians and that the United States was founded on the Christian religion. Nothing could be further than the truth of this. Jefferson was a Deist. He did not believe in the God of the Christians, nor in many of the miracles, fables, and outrageous bs that is in the bible. He even cut out a lot of the bible to come up with his own Jefferson’s bible.
Thomas Jefferson. The third President of the United States. He had been the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. In the age of great men, Jefferson was remarkable for his wide-range curiosity on many subjects. He helped the United States get started, and his plans for the future helped it grow. Many of the good things Americans enjoy today have come from Jefferson’s devotion to human rights. Jefferson is often called the founder of the Democratic party. Many other groups also claim to follow his principles. He developed the theory of state’s rights, which was against giving much authority to the federal government. He is known to everyone as the author of the ringing statement in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal, that among their inalienable rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. His writings have stood as a torch to the defenders of individual freedom, in spiritual as well as in worldly affairs. Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia Deluxe, Copyright 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997. The Learning Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Thomas Jefferson, because he was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the embodiment of our nation’s expression of freedom, is the Founding Father who is most often claimed by the Christians as one of their own. Unfortunately–for them–he left behind many writings which lead us to conclude that his beliefs were quite different from those of the common christian. The claim that Thomas Jefferson was a Christian can only be made by someone who has never read his original writings. Christians may think that just because he mentions “god”, that makes him a Christian just like them. Jefferson absolutely believed in a god-but not the god of orthodox Christianity. He was a Deist (Nature’s God) and not a Christian (the trinitarian God of Abraham and Issac).
The most famous “out of context” religious quote of Thomas Jefferson is to be found in the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.. Around the rotunda of the Jefferson Memorial, in large gold letters, is the quote: “I HAVE SWORN UPON THE ALTAR OF GOD, ETERNAL HOSTILITY AGAINST EVERY FORM OF TYRANNY OVER THE MIND OF MAN.” The quote was taken completely out of context from a letter that Jefferson wrote to Dr. Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800. The quote put in its original context says just the opposite of the pious sentiment it is made to say. In his letter to Dr. Rush, Jefferson is talking about the Christian clergy who were working against his being elected President by saying Jefferson was an infidel. The complete quote says: ” The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their (the Christian clergy) hopes, and they believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the minds of man.” So we see that in his letter Jefferson is saying that “tyranny over the mind of man” that he is opposed to are the schemes of the Christian clergy, and the god he is referring to is the god of Deism, not the god of the Christians.
“If by religion we are to understand sectarian dogmas, in which no two of them agree, then your exclamation on that hypothesis is just, “that this would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.” But if the moral precepts, innate in man, and made part of his physical constitution, as necessary for a social being, if the sublime doctrines of philanthropism and deism taught us by Jesus of Nazareth, in which all agree, constitute true religion, then without it, this would be, as you again say, “something not fit to be named even, indeed, a hell.”-Letter to John Adams, May 5, 1817
From the link Thomas Jefferson’s statements against Christianity
I now offer many of the words of President Thomas Jefferson against Christianity.
“Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a common censor over each other. Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.” -Notes on Virginia.
“On the dogmas of religion,as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.-To Carey 1816
Creeds have been the bane of the Christian church….made of Christendom a slaughter-house. -To Benjamin Waterhouse, June 26, 1822.
Christianity neither is, nor ever was, part of the Common Law.” -Letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, 1814.
“…I am not afraid of priests. They have tried upon me all their various batteries of pious whining, hypocritical canting, lying and slandering. I have contemplated their order from the Magi of the East to the Saints of the West and I have found no difference of character, but of more or less caution, in proportion to their information or ignorance on whom their interested duperies were to be played off. Their sway in New England is indeed formidable. No mind beyond mediocrity dares there to develop itself.” -Letter to Horatio Spofford, 1816.
“In every country and in every age, the priests has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot….they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purpose it is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” -Letter to Horatio Spafford, Marcy 17, 1814.
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith, or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that the act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof’, thus building a wall of separation between church and State.” -Letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT.
“The legitimate powers of the government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
“I have recently been examining all known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.”
“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.”-in letter to Alexander von Humboldt, December 6, 1813.
“No one sees with greater pleasure than myself the progress of reason in its advances towards rational Christianity. When we shall have done away the incomprehensible jargon of the Trinitarian arithmetic, that three are one, and one is three; when we shall have knocked down the artificial scaffolding, raised to mask from view the simple structure of Jesus; when, in short, we shall have unlearned everything which has been taught since His day, and get back to the pure and simple doctrines He inculcated, we shall then be truly and worthily His disciples; and my opinion is that if nothing had ever been added to what flowed purely from His lips, the whole world would at this day have been Christian. I know that the case you cite, of Dr. Drake, has been a common one. The religion-builders have so distorted and deformed the doctrines of Jesus, so muffled them in mysticisms, fancies and falsehoods, have caricatured them into forms so monstrous and inconceivable, as to shock reasonable thinkers, to revolt them against the whole, and drive them rashly to pronounce its Founder an impostor. Had there never been a commentator, there never would have been an infidel.”-Letter to Timothy Pickering, 21 Feb 1821
“It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet the one is not three, and the three are not one: to divide mankind by a single letter into [“consubstantialists and like-substantialists”]. But this constitutes the craft, the power and the profit of the priests. Sweep away their gossamer fabrics of factitious religion, and they would catch no more flies. We should all then, like the Quakers, live without an order of priests, moralize for ourselves, follow the oracle of conscience, and say nothing about what no man can understand, nor therefore believe; for I suppose belief to be the assent of the mind to an intelligible proposition.”-Letter to John Adams, August 22, 1813
“And 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. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors.”-Letter to John Adams, April 11 1823
“The office of reformer of the superstitions of a nation is ever dangerous. Jesus had to walk on the perilous confines of reason and religion; and a step to right or left might place Him within the grasp of the priests of the superstition, a bloodthirsty race, as cruel and remorseless as the Being whom they represented as the family God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, and the local God of Israel. They were constantly laying snares, too, to entangle Him in the web of the law. He was justifiable, therefore, in avoiding these by evasions, by sophisms, by misconstructions and misapplications of scraps of the prophets, and in defending Himself with these their own weapons, as sufficient, ad homines, at least. That Jesus did not mean to impose Himself on mankind as the Son of God, physically speaking, I have been convinced by the writings of men more learned than myself in the lore.”-Letter to William Short, August 4, 1820
“The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs.”-Letter to James Smith, December 8, 1822
“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.”-Letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
“Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of the church tends to make the clergy unresponsive to the people and leads to corruption within religion. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state”, therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society. We have solved ? the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries.”-in a speech to the Virginia Baptists, 1808
“I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.”-letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799
“There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.”
A lot of these quotes was obtained by the above web page link and the following one.