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Today’s favorite Quotes “Fundamental” Truths

Quotes for February 12, 2013

“Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the ‘wall of separation between church and state,’ therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
John Adams

“Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself – that is my doctrine.”
Thomas Paine

“The divorce between Church and State ought to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community.”
James A. Garfield

We all agree that neither the Government nor political parties ought to interfere with religious sects. It is equally true that religious sects ought not to interfere with the Government or with political parties. We believe that the cause of good government and the cause of religion suffer by all such interference.
Rutherford B. Hayes

“Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?”
Sandra Day O’Connor

“I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death”.
George Carlin

 

Fundament

To speak the name of God in proper tongue
to visualize the face in proper hue
recite the proper fables
prepare the proper foods
to only mate in ways laid down by laws.

These things are all that matters, so it seems,
to justify the hatred at our core
enough to spit on children
enough to sanction murder
enough to tuck us smugly in our graves.

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2 Responses

  1. Great thoughtful poem, Sig. It speaks the truth about the human society.

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