"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.'
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.