Where do they get this stuff indeed. My favorite is
when the Righties and Fundies use Jefferson's famous
quote on the Jefferson Memorial to justify their
latest bigotry: "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God 
eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over 
the mind of man."

What they don't seem to realize that this quote was
from a letter to a friend, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and that
the people he was ranting against were a group of 
Christians who were trying to take over a school system.

--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Vaj <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>   Yet another new book on the religious right is available:
> Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. written 
> by Mchelle Goldberg
> This probably touches on subjects that we have broached before.  
> However, I came across an interview with the author linked from the  
> Working for Change website that gave me pause...
> You can read the entire thing at:
> http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=20902
> Congress was going to have the first-ever Hindu priest give an  
> invocation. The Family Research Council issued a really angry  
> statement, which says: "While it is true that the United States of  
> America was founded on the sacred principle of religious freedom for  
> all, that liberty was never intended to exalt other religions to the  
> level that Christianity holds in our nation's heritage. Our founders  
> expected that Christianity and no other religion would receive  
> support from the government, as long as that support did not violate  
> people's consciences and their right to worship. They would have  
> found utterly incredible the idea that all religions, including  
> paganism, be treated with equal deference." That's from the Family  
> Research Council, which is a spin-off of Focus on the Family.
> The Virginia religious liberty statute was written by Jefferson and  
> is widely seen as the basis for the First Amendment. As Jefferson  
> wrote in his autobiography, some had wanted to put an amendment into  
> that statute saying that Jesus Christ was a source of religious  
> liberty. Jefferson said, "It 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 the Mohammedan,  
> the Hindu and infidel of every denomination."
> So where do they get this from? Part of what I seek to do in my book  
> is show that this is not just a political movement, but an entire  
> parallel reality. It has its own revisionist history, including its  
> own revisionist American history. There are volumes upon volumes that  
> essentially rewrite the history of America, cherry picking various  
> quotes and taking things out of context to try to show that the  
> founders intended to create an Evangelical Christian America, and  
> that separation of church and state is something that they never  
> intended, and indeed would have been appalled by.
> It's an interesting, but scary, interview.
> ------
> "Though I am a committed Christian, I believe that everyone has the  
> right to their own religion, be you Hindu, Jewish or Muslim. I  
> believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your  
> personal savior." --Stephen Colbert, from remarks at the White House  
> Correspondents' Dinner.

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