Saturday, August 28, 2010

New York Times on Glen Beck

The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty,
to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation.

It will preserve and defend those basic principles
on which our nation has been built.

It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality,
and the family as the basis of national life.

Adolf Hitler
February 1, 1933
" …a Call for Religious Rebirth

“Something that is beyond man is happening,” Mr. Beck said in opening the event as the crowd thronged near the memorial grounds. “America today begins to turn back to God.”

It was part religious revival, part history lecture, as Mr. Beck invoked the founding fathers and the “black-robed regiment” of pastors of the Revolutionary War

…While Tea Party groups have said they want to focus on fiscal conservatism and not risk alienating people by talking about religion or social issues, the rally on Saturday was overtly religious, filled with gospel music and speeches that were more like sermons.

…Many in the crowd said…they had been motivated to come by faith.

Becky Benson, 56, traveled from Orlando, Fla., because, she said, “we believe in Jesus Christ, and he is our savior.” Jesus, she said, would not have agreed with what she called the redistribution of wealth in the form of the economic stimulus package, bank bailouts and welfare.

…He told the crowd that he had begun planning his march on Washington a year ago, thinking “it was supposed to be political.”

“And then I kind of feel like God dropped a giant sandbag on my head,” he said.

“My role, as I see it, is to wake America up to the backsliding of principles and values and most of all of God,” he said. “We are a country of God."

New York Times

My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter.

...As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated
but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice...

For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.

Adolf Hitler
April 12, 1922


George Hartzman said...

"I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator:
by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord..."

Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf, Chapter 2)

George Hartzman said...

"We, the Order of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, reverentially acknowledge the majesty and supremacy of Almighty God and recognise His goodness and providence through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Ku Klux Klan creed
(from the Constitution and Laws of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan )

George Hartzman said...

"Mussolini: a gift from providence."

Pope Pius XI

"The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country."

Rev. Jerry Falwell

"I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!"

Rev. Jerry Falwell

"I believe this notion of the separation of church and state
was the figment of some infidel's imagination."

Rev. W. A. Criswell (Dallas, 1984)

"I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens,
nor should they be considered patriots.

This is one nation under God.

President George H. W. Bush

George Hartzman said...

"When any civil government steps outside the mandate authorized by God Almighty,
then that government does not have any further claim over its citizens."

Pat Robertson

"I believe that he [Jesus] is Lord of the government,
and the church, and business and education, and, hopefully, one day,
Lord of the press."

Pat Robertson

"A man can have sex with animals such as sheep, cows, camels and so on.

However he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm.

He should not sell the meat to the people in his own village, however selling the meat to the next door village should be fine."

Ayatollah Khomeini
Tahrirolvasyleh, fourth volume, Darol Elm, Gom, Iran, 1990.

"God is on our side, and Satan is on the side of the United States."

Saddam Hussein

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.

They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

George W. Bush
Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

George Hartzman said...

"The folkish-minded man, in particular, has the sacred duty, each in his own denomination, of making people stop just talking superficially of God's will, and actually fulfill God's will, and not let God's word be desecrated."

Adolf Hitler
Mein Kampf, Vol. 2, Chapter 10

George Hartzman said...

"I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work."

Adolf Hitler
Reichstag, 1936

"What Christians have got to do is to take back this country,one precinct at a time, one neighborhood at a time and onestate at a time ... I honestly believe that in my lifetime wewill see a country once again governed by Christians ... andChristian values."

Ralph Reed
Religious News Service

George Hartzman said...

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."

Seneca the Younger 4 b.c.- 65 a.d

"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion."

Ron Hubbard
who later founded the Church of Scientology

"Religions are all alike -- founded on fables and mythologies."

Thomas Jefferson

"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."


"Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, "This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!"

John Adams, 2nd president of the U.S.

"What has been the fruits of Christianity? ...Superstition, bigotry and persecution."

James Madison, 4th president of the U.S.

"The clergy believe that any portion of power confided to me will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against any form of tyranny known to the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson

"The church says that the Earth is flat, but I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the shadow than in the church."

Ferdinand Magellan

George Hartzman said...

"If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he wouldn't be able to stop throwing up."

Woody Allen

"I do not feel obliged to believe the the same God who endowed us with Sense, Reason, and Intellect had also intended us to forego their use."

Galileo Galilei

"Organized religion is a crutch and a sham for the weak minded."

Jesse Ventura

"I'm not against god, I'm against the misuse of god."

Marilyn Manson

"In no instances have the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people."

James Madison

"When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself."

Peter O'Toole, The Ruling Class

"Religion is like farting: we like our own but hate everyone elses."

Homer Simpson

"Religion is like going out to dinner with friends. Everyone may order something different, but everyone can still sit at the same table."

The Dalai Lama

"When science and the Bible differ, science has obviously misinterpreted its data".

Henry Morris, father of "modern creationism"

"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church."

Thomas Paine, Age of Reason

George Hartzman said...

"Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism."

William James

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."

Anne Lamott

"The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself."

Richard Burton

"In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty."

Thomas Jefferson

"When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out."

Frank Sinatra

"The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?"

John Adams
etter to Thomas Jefferson, 20 June 1815

George Hartzman said...

"On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of conservatism."

Barry Goldwater

George Hartzman said...

"What has been the effect of religious coercion? To make half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites."

Thomas Jefferson
Notes on the State of Virginia, 1785

"You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough."

Aldous Huxley

"The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by 'God' one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity."

Carl Sagan

“Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.”

Thomas Jefferson

George Hartzman said...

"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."

Charles Carroll
signer of the Declaration of Independence

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government."

Thomas Paine

"Freedom is the Distance Between Church and State."


"I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The original pledge of allegiance, as written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy

"The difference between a cult and a religion is that the latter is old. Like, stepping into a pile of dogshit makes you curse, but stepping into a pile of dinosaur shit makes you famous. Despite both being crap."


"A mythology is someone else's religion, different enough from your own for its absurdity to be obvious."


"Why should I hate someone on the basis of their religion, when I can take a little time to get to know them and hate them for a myriad of real reasons."

Dennis Miller

"How can you have order in a state without religion? For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of surfeit, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares 'God wills it thus.' Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."

Napoleon Bonaparte

"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."

Ben Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1758

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

George Hartzman said...

I refuse to prove that I exist" says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith, I am nothing."
"Oh," says man, "but the Babel Fish is a dead give-away, isn't it ? It proves You exist, and so therefore You don't. Q.E.D."
"Oh, I hadn't thought of that." says God, who promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."

Susan B. Anthony

"In his press conference the other night, President Bush said freedom is a gift from the Almighty, and we have been called by God to use our military power to spread freedom throughout the world. Then he called that Sadr guy in Iraq a religious nutcase."

G.W. Bush, quoted by Jay Leno.

"The fruits of Christianity were religious wars, butcheries, crusades, inquisitions, extermination of the natives of America, and the introduction of African slaves in their place."

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
German philosopher

"To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin."

Cardinal Bellarmine
1615, during the trial of Galileo

"At the time of Galileo the Church remained much more reasonable than Galileo himself. The process against Galileo was reasonable and just."

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope), 1990.

"When socialism comes into power, the Roman Church will advocate socialism with the same vigor [with which] it is now favoring feudalism and slavery."

Ferdinand August Bebel (1840-1913)

"The Bible is not my Book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma."

Abraham Lincoln

"Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus."

John Ashcroft
speech at Bob Jones university

"Ashcroft went on to say that our way of life is being threatened by a group of radical religious fanatics who are armed and dangerous. And then he called for prayers in the schools and an end to gun control."

Jay Leno

"The earth is flat, and anyone who disputes this claim is an atheist who deserves to be punished."

Muslim religious edict by Sheik Abdel-Aziz Ibn Baaz (supreme religious authority), Saudi Arabia, 1993

"A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint."

Francis Bacon

"It is impossible that there should be inhabitants on the opposite side of the Earth, since no such race is recorded by Scripture among the descendants of Adam."

St. Augustine

"Sex education classes in our public schools are promoting incest."

Jimmy Swaggart
T preacher, self-described pornography addict who paid prostitutes to commit 'pornographic acts'

"If we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education."

William Jennings Bryan

George Hartzman said...

"If we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education."

William Jennings Bryan.

Anonymous said...

“I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature...

Christianity...(has become) the most perverted system that ever shone on man. ...Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes and importers led by Paul, the first great corrupter of the teaching of Jesus...

...The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves...these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Anonymous said...

"I would not dare to so dishonor my Creator God by attaching His name to that book (the Bible).

Among the most detestable villains in history, you could not find one worse than Moses. Here is an order, attributed to 'God' to butcher the boys, to massacre the mothers and to debauch and rape the daughters. I would not dare so dishonor my Creator's name by (attaching) it to this filthy book (the Bible).

It is the duty of every true Deist to vindicate the moral justice of God against the evils of the Bible.

Accustom a people to believe that priests and clergy can forgive sins...and you will have sins in abundance.

The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and revenue in pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a life of poverty."

Thomas Paine

Anonymous said...

What influence in fact have Christian ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society? In many instances they have been upholding the thrones of political tyranny. In no instance have they been seen as the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty have found in the clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate liberty, does not need the clergy.

Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.

James Madison

Anonymous said...

"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies."

Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, author, and inventor

"The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites."

"Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man."

Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President, author, scientist, architect, educator, and diplomat

Anonymous said...

"My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them."

Abraham Lincoln in a letter to Judge J.S. Wakefield, after the death of Willie Lincoln

"Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private schools, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separated."

Ulysses S. Grant

Anonymous said...

"'In God We Trust.' I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true."

Mark Twain

As to Jesus of Nazareth.... I think the system of Morals and his religion, as he left them to us, the best the world has saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity.

Ben Franklin

Anonymous said...

"I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny."

George Washington, to United Baptists Churches of Virginia, May, 1789 from The Washington papers edited by Saul Padover

"The divorce between church and state ought to be absolute. It ought to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no church property anywhere, in any state, or in any nation, should be exempt from taxation, for if you exempt the church property of any church organization, to that extent you impose tax upon the whole community."

James A. Garfield, address to Congress

Declare church and state forever separate and distinct, but each free within their proper spheres; and that all church property shall bear its own proportion of taxation.

Ulysses S Grant
seventh State of the Union address.

"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute- where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishoners for whom to vote--where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference--and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him."

John F. Kennedy

Anonymous said...

"I felt great contempt for Mr. McCalla and for his religion and gave him my mind freely. I told him that, thank God, under our constitution there was no connection between Church and State."

James K. Polk, diary entry, Oct. 14, 1846, in The Diary of James K. Polk during his Presidency, Vol II, ed. Milo Milton Quaife, A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910

"Washington and his associates believed that it was essential to the existence of this Republic that there should never be any union of Church and State."

Theodore Roosevelt, address on "Americanism" to the Knights of Columbus at Carnegie Hall, NY, 12 October 1915)

"I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of Church and State; that public moneys shall not be used for the purpose of advancing any particular creed; and therefore that the public schools shall be non-sectarian."

Theodore Roosevelt, address on "Americanism" to the Knights of Columbus at Carnegie Hall, NY, 12 October 1915)

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution begins with the following two clauses:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"