Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tom Tancredo: Non-Christians Should Leave The U.S.

Former member of the House of Representatives and apparent unevolved Cro-Magnon Tom Tancredo has a message for us non-Christians--get out of the US.

Tom Tancredo Keeps It Real At Tea Party Convention

The race for America is on right now,” the former GOP Colorado congressman told the crowd in Nashville. “You have launched the counter-revolution.”

“People who could not spell the word vote or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House — name is Barack Hussein Obama,” he said. “The revolution has come. It was led by the cult of multiculturalism aided by leftist liberals all over who don’t have the same ideas about America as we do.”

Arguing that American “culture,” one based on “Judeo-Christian principles,” is under attack, Tancredo said the tea party movement would be non-existent if Obama hadn’t won the election and pushed the country swiftly to the left.

Other than the fact this is an obvious appeal to racism and bigotry, without the sheets and burning crosses, I will allow our so-called Judeo-Christian founders chime in with their own views on organized religion and Christianity in particular.

"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity."-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

"But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear."-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

"Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination."-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent."-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789

"They [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 every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion."-Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Sept. 23, 1800

"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, letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT., Jan. 1, 1802

"And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together."-James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822

"What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not."-James Madison (from Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments, 1785)

"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have 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 (from Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments, 1785)

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches"-Benjamin Franklin

"When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not care to support it, so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one."-Ben Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac, 1754 (Works, Volume XIII)]

"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies."-Benjamin Franklin, in Toward The Mystery

"None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing."-Benjamin Franklin

"Revealed religion has no weight with me."-Benjamin Franklin

I should note two of those quoted framers were a part of the writing of our Constitution, and it was Madison who actually wrote the Bill of Rights (our first ten amendments), which includes the establishment clause, banning the use of government power to promote any one religion. I suppose Tom was hooking class at North Colorado the day(s) when his professors went over the material in his political sciences courses (the degree to which he pursued as an undergrad). Or maybe his profs were lunatics like himself and lied to him. Either way, surprise, many of our founders, including the ones most responsible for writing our Constitution, were not Christians.

And those are just three of the founders. How about Thomas Paine, the propagandist for our independence that Washington stated was as important to our winning the revolution as an entire division of soldiers? Here is the man most famous for writing Common Sense, which helped convince so many of our troops to stay in the Continental Army and fight on against the British.

"Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifiying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity."-Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)

"You will do me the justice to remember that I have always supported the right of every man to his opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right makes a slave of himself to present opinion because he precludes himself the right of changing it. The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall."-Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)

"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize humankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel."-Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."-Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)

"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my church."-Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)

By Tom Tancredo's own standards at the teabagging convention in Nashville (the home of the state that gave us the founder of the Ku Klux Klan), Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin should have been exiled from the U.S.

What I find most ironic, as a fellow Italian-American, is the fact that the grandparents and great grandparents of the people cheering him on in Nashville were the same ones opposed to allowing Rep. Tancredo's ancestors from being allowed to immigrate to the U.S. It may surprise the Congressman to know (at this point, maybe he sincerely lacks the knowledge of our country's history), but Italians for the most part did not become honorary Anglo-Saxons until well after World War Two. Here is but one example of an editorial cartoon on the early Italian immigrants from the teabaggers of their day.

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