1. James Martin

    George Washington
    (George Washington was president when the treaty was signed at Tripoli (1797), but by the time it reached the Senate for ratification John Adams was president.)

    “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 Mohammedan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever interrupt the harmony existing between the two countries.”

    “The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.”

    John Adams

    “But 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 in a letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816, 2000 Years of Disbelief–John A. Haught

    “The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.” –John Adams

    Benjamin Franklin

    “Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.”–Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard, 1758

    “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”–Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard, 1758

    “Religion I found to be without any tendency to inspire, promote, or confirm morality, serves principally to divide us and make us unfriendly to one another.”–Benjamin Franklin

    Thomas Jefferson

    “Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on a man.”–Thomas Jefferson

    “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.”–Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association on Jan. 1, 1802, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Edition, edited by Lipscomb and Bergh, 1903-04, 16:281

    “I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises.”–Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Samuel Miller, 1808

    “No religious reading, instruction or exercise, shall be prescribed or practiced [in the elementary schools] inconsistent with the tenets of any religious sect or denomination.”–Thomas Jefferson, Elementary school Act, 1817, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Edition, edited by Lipscomb and Bergh, 10:305

    James Madison

    “Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects?” -James Madison, A Memorial and Remonstrance, addressed to the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of VA, 1795

    “During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.” -James Madison, A Memorial and Remonstrance, 2000 Years of Disbelief by James A. Haught

    Abraham Lincoln

    “Christianity is not my religion.”–A. Lincoln


  2. Carla

    Here’s another one for you James:

    “When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion. – Abraham Lincoln”


  3. Keori made a comment at Pam’s House Blend that sums this up well, something like this:

    Tennessee State Rep. Jimmy Matlock takes the “Christ” ouf of “Christian.”


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