LCDR Tom McBride USN/Ret. WWII Corsair Fighter Pilot
Please ponder the following historic facts about America and the world since 1790. In 1776 a group of brilliant men took the first steps to found the nation that would become the USA. At that time there were approximately 4 million people in the 13 colonies. At that time, China had a population of some 290 million; Europe some 50 million people. The Americans were not more intelligent than the people in China or Europe. The Americans did not work harder than the Chinese or Europeans. But our brilliant American Founders had established a nation with no king, no pope, or religious leader of any kind. America became the first nation in the world with no fictitious god.
In my opinion, the 1776 forefathers were not only responsible for the existence of the greatest nation of the world, the United States of America, but also for changing the scenario of government of the majority of the nations in the world in less than 200 years.
In 1776, all the nations of the world were ruled by kings, emperors, popes and their cardinals and bishops, ayatollahs, imams and other so called god-blessed dictators. But since that time and in less than 200 years, over 60% of the world’s population has been converted to a form of democracy closely associated to the form of government designed by our 1776 forefathers. In my opinion, our forefathers are not only responsible for the enjoyable lifestyle of citizens of this great nation but also for making it possible for over 60% of the world’s population to now share many of the same freedoms and liberties we Americans enjoy.
None of us has to believe in or live our lives according to the teachings of some self-appointed messenger of god thanks to our intelligent forefathers.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are without a doubt among America’s earliest great leaders.
President George Washington
The United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian Doctrine.
The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.
President Thomas Jefferson
I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other.
But the Church of Rome having set up its new religion, which it called Christianity [but which in truth is Athanasianism/Constantinism], and invented the creed which it named the Apostles's Creed, in which it calls Jesus the only son of God, conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary; things of which it is impossible that man or woman can have any idea, and consequently no belief but in words; and for which there is no authority but the idle story of Joseph's dream in the first chapter of Matthew, which any designing imposter or foolish fanatic might make..
I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.
If we look back into history for the character of the present sects
in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been
persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive
Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but
practiced it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of
England blamed persecution in the Romish Church, but practiced it
upon the Puritans.
Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
The countries the most famous and the most respected of antiquity
are those which distinguished themselves by promoting and
patronizing science, and on the contrary those which neglected or
discouraged it are universally denominated rude and barbarous. The
patronage which Britain has shown to Arts, Science and Literature
has given her a better established and lasting rank in the world
than she ever acquired by her arms. And Russia is a modern instance
of the effect which the encouragement of those things produces both
as to the internal improvement of a country and the character it
raises abroad. The reign of Louis the fourteenth is more
distinguished by being the Era of Science and Literature in France
than by any other circumstance of those days.
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