July 26, 2009
Thomas Jefferson Would Hardly…

…have been surprised by such religious recrudescences as Operation Rescue and the recent murder of Dr. George Tiller. Patriots and Peoples, a blog whose existence I discovered about five minutes ago, quotes the Founding Father:

The Presbyterian clergy are loudest, the most intolerant of all sects, the most tyrannical and ambitious; ready at the word of a lawgiver, if such a word could be now obtained, to put the torch to the pile, and to rekindle in this virgin hemisphere, the flames in which their oracle Calvin consumed the poor Servetus.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 26, 2009 07:17 PM
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How, pray tell, did you discover that site? I'm interested. I confess I was unaware of the significance of July 10, somehow it escaped me, I have trouble remembering my own birthday.

Posted by: knowdoubt on July 27, 2009 7:30 AM

By following the link in James Stripes' comment on Ohollern's Fox News posting, below. Stripes' site, Patriots and People, is now on the Bad Attitudes blogroll.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on July 27, 2009 11:13 AM

It's worth noting that the original context for Jefferson's remarks came as he anticipated religious objections to his effort to establish a secular university. There should be little doubt, however, that the tactics and even the fundamental ideology of Operation Rescue would provoke similar comments.

Posted by: James Stripes on July 27, 2009 2:04 PM

My mother was complaining the other day that no one was celebrating Calvin's 500th birthday, so I printed a comment Mr. Stripes made "somewhere" and then, following his link, printed his essay.

I will now be able to make the case to her, again, that she should be reading blogs instead of watching TV to find actual news and information.

As a genealogist who's learned the importance of original documents in making a case, she'll enjoy his scholarship.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on July 28, 2009 1:23 AM
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