Archive for the ‘They said it…’ Category

George Washington addresses the Cherokee nation

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

I now send my best wishes to the Cherokees, and pray the Great spirit to preserve them.

The Cherokee’s Great Spirit is another spirit, not the Holy Spirit. Why would he say such a thing?

George Washington, A Collection (1988), Chapter 14: The Online Library of Liberty

Excellent quote on Christian Rock

Monday, June 19th, 2006

As the product of an evangelical upbringing, I can best describe my own relationship to Christian rock as love-hate, with heavy emphasis on the latter. I tend to subscribe to the writer Joe Bob Briggs’s definition of Contemporary Christian Music as consisting of “bad songs written about God by white people.” Though the quality’s gone way up since I was a kid, it’s always seemed that those who embrace Christian rock resemble tofu-burger eaters or near-beer drinkers–people in search of pale substitutes for things they once found pleasurable.

Matt Labash article on The Weekly Standard

Christian nation?

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
-Treaty with Tripoli, 1796

The Avalon Project : The Barbary Treaties 1786-1816 – Treaty of Peace and Friendship, Signed at Tripoli November 4, 1796

They said it…

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

Jefferson’s letter to John Adams, from Monticello

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 Minerve in the
brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and
freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this
artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine
doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.

-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823