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1 CriticalDragon1177  Dec 31, 2014 10:11:05am

Randall Gross,

And of course the American religious right will tell you that they’re all about “religious freedom” ( at least when it comes to the “rights” of conservative Christians to deny marriage to gays and birth control coverage to women. )

2 m0nkeyb0y  Dec 31, 2014 11:49:21am

Thank you for calling attention to actual history that combats the fantasies the right wing constructs. They thereby simultaneously grant themselves moral authority and invalidate the opposition.

3 Surabaya Stew  Dec 31, 2014 3:49:36pm

Thank you for posting this Randall, I was unaware of Religious Freedom Day myself, good on you for bringing this to LGF.

However, there is something else you should be aware of; Jefferson thought so highly of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom that he wanted to be remembered for authoring it almost more than anything else he did over hois long life. On his tombstone (which he stated “On the faces of the Obelisk the following inscription, & not a word more.”) the following is inscribed:

HERE WAS BURIED
THOMAS JEFFERSON
AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA.

Not a word about being the third President, not a mention of anything else important that he did….just these 3 things that according to Jefferson “because by these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered.” To me, this is powerful stuff, ironically by him denying the memory of the power that he once had as President.

PS-It’s not just Jefferson either; freedom from religion was very important to many of our founding fathers, its just that he was more vocal about it.


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