Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Comment of the Week

"Let's take a ride in Bill (Whites)'s Way-Back Machine, shall we?:

'Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.'

-- James Madison, 1774

'How has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?'

-- John Adams, 1816

'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... I have recently been examining all the 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.'

-- Thomas Jefferson (whose original words in the Declaration of Independence read 'All men are created equal and independent. From that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable,' which Congress later changed to include a reference to a creator).

'Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be depreciated.'

--George Washington, 1792

'I wish [Christianity] were more productive of good works ... I mean real good works, not holy-day keeping, sermon-hearing, or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments despised by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity.'

-- Benjamin Franklin

'Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half of the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.'

--Thomas Paine

A five minute google search is all you need to see that our secular, deist, Freemason founding fathers were practically falling over each other to keep religion out of the framework of the new, enlightened government they had created."

-- Votar, responding to the Sarah Palin Quote of the Day regarding our invoked-to-death Founding Fathers' supposed feelings on the subject of the link between church and state

Congratulations, Votar. You've won yourself a half-eaten roll of Certs (now with a tiny drop of Retsyn).

Special "Photoshop of the Week" credits go, as usual, to Greg -- who earns the first ever "Chez's Evil Twin Garth Honorary Award for Most Inspired Simultaneous Desecration of a Religious and Cultural Icon" for the utterly offensive and thoroughly brilliant image. This could actually be the first time in the history of this site that I feel like I probably just punched my ticket to hell.


VirginiaO'Possum said...


Tabi said...


VOTAR said...


C NJ said...

A famous 20th century philosopher once said, "Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business."

I have never really had a problem with my own spirituality and always looked with skepticism as some people skipped and jumped through the various holy texts to support one position or the other.

But as I went on, I realized that the criticism of religion is much like that of politics; we only get pissed about the fring 5%.

The vast majority of regular church goers are good folks looking for some answers or a source of stength.

Who am I to judge that?

Bill Orvis White said...

Offensive as usual VOTAR and Chez. None of that drivel is true. It looks like your far left professors drilled this nonsense into your skulls full of mush. You know something, I'm insulted, but I'm a man that can take insults just as well as a pair of rusty pliers that I used to pull my molar tonight. That dang tooth has hurt me since 1995.

You lefties just can't stand the fact that Miss Sarah is the future of this once-free nation. She will lead us on a path towards healing and salvation.

God Bless America, a nation that is One Nation Under God! How do I know that it's Under God? Because I saw Toby on one of them awards shows and he said so -- end of story.

God Bless,

Paul POP! said...

Like times 10,000.

As Negativeland once said..."Christianity is Stupid."

Anonymous said...

Slow clap. This needs to be made into a poster, email, news clip, etc.

Todd said...

Right on.

L. said...

The shame of it is that the people to whom Palin was speaking wouldn't read these quotes and rethink their belief that the founding fathers just wanted to use the Bible as American law.

For a lot of people (on both sides of the fence) facts don't matter if you feel righteous enough.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Dear Bill White, merely stating "None of that drivel is true" is not enough. Please present evidence, preferably high quality evidence.

Incidentally, congratulations on your self-surgery.

It's telling.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Chez, a technical, dickish note: your award should read, at the end, "of a religious icon and (of) a cultural icon", two get the two-ness across well.

ntx said...

Well, it is better to be righteous than right, right?

Votar is the new Optimus Prime!

The Other Fred said...

"To support ROGUERY and error all over the earth"

'nuff said.

Jester said...

There's a new American history book that greatly de-emphasizes the contributions of Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin. And it's directly due to their views on the separation of church and state.

It's a little bit sickening to read. Glenn Beck, of course, gushes about the book.

Alanna said...

as always, Votar for the win.

Jen said...

super brills. definitely sharing this info.

Trixi said...

Wow! Thanks for this, Chez. I can file away for future arguments.

Silly god people.

J. Dack said...

Best thing I've read all week. Think I'll link the shit out of this.

CNNfan said...

Nowadays, Isn't Christianity simply a religious institution in the 501c tradition of the United States of America, to legally officiate marriages, funerals, blessings, and other spiritual matters?

Anonymous said...

I am completely convinced that Bill White IS Votar.