February 23, 2012
Was John Adams An Agent Of Satan?

I’m guessing that John Adams isn’t Rick Santorum’s favorite Founding Father (italics added):

I do not like the reappearance of the Jesuits… Shall we not have regular swarms of them here, in as many disguises as only a king of the gipsies can assume, dressed as printers, publishers, writers and schoolmasters? If ever there was a body of men who merited damnation on earth and in Hell, it is this society of Loyola’s. Nevertheless, we are compelled by our system of religious toleration to offer them an asylum.

— John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, May 5, 1816.

Cabalistic Christianity, which is Catholic Christianity, and which has prevailed for 1,500 years, has received a mortal wound, of which the monster must finally die. Yet so strong is his constitution, that he may endure for centuries before he expires.

— John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, July 16, 1814.

Indeed, Mr. Jefferson, what could be invented to debase the ancient Christianism which Greeks, Romans, Hebrews and Christian factions, above all the Catholics, have not fraudulently imposed upon the public? Miracles after miracles have rolled down in torrents.

— John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, December 3, 1813.

I cribbed the quotes from Positive Atheism, which has many more. It’s a good place to stock up on ammo for your next encounter with a conservative who insists the US was intended to be a Christian country.

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Posted by OHollern at February 23, 2012 01:01 PM
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Being an agnostic, I'm capable of wearing coats of many colors. Mr. Adams is not my favorite President, his Alien And Sedition Acts being a sticking point, however those quotes might be quite useful to me. Thanks!

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Posted by: Dum Spiro Spero on February 23, 2012 1:50 PM

Mr. Spero was visiting briefly and scurrying out the door when he wrote his comment. He called me on his cell phone later and told me to ask that the editor add Positive Atheism to the blogroll. I've had a chance to look at the site and I agree. He and I are fellow agnostics, both acknowledging we may often may be wrong when we speak or write about a subject, but never having one iota of doubt the matter. In that respect we are not at all unlike all of you believers and non-believers.

Posted by: Buck on February 23, 2012 5:52 PM
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