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Our Founders Were Not Fundamentalists

Via: Our Founders Were NOT Fundamentalists by Harvey Wasserman February 14, 2010 “God made the idiot for practice, and then He made the school board.” –Mark Twain Today’s New York Times Sunday Magazine highlights yet another mob of extremists using the Texas School Board to baptize our children’s textbooks. This endless, ever-angry escalating assault on our Constitution by crusading theocrats could be obliterated with the effective incantation of two names: Benjamin Franklin, and Deganawidah. But first, let’s do some history: Actual Founder-Presidents #2 through #6 — John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams — were all freethinking Deists and Unitarians; what Christian precepts they embraced were moderate, tolerant and open-minded. Actual Founder-President #1, George Washington, became an Anglican as required for original military service under the British, and occasionally quoted scripture. But he vehemently opposed any church-state union. In a 1790 letter to the Jews of Truro, he wrote: The “Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistances, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens.” A 1796 treaty he signed says “the government of the United States of America is not, [ ... ]

It Snowed In Every Continental State!

Pretty amazing! Via: Snow whitens ground in 49 US states Forget red and blue — color America white. There was snow on the ground in 49 states yesterday, with Hawaii the lone holdout. It was the United States of Snow, thanks to an unusual combination of weather patterns that dusted the country, including the skyscrapers of Dallas, the peach trees of Atlanta and the Florida Panhandle. More than two-thirds of the nation had snow on the ground when the day dawned, and then it snowed ever so slightly in Florida to make it 49 states out of 50.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-14

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