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Really, people? Don't be so closed minded

This nation was not found on christian values, remember there were people that were already here when America was "discovered". Also, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin wanted to make sure that people always had freedom from religion, not of. Read a history book because most of you are uneducated idiots. This nation was not founded on judeo-christian values, it was ruined by them. Most of you make me sick, this girl did an amazingly brave thing. How would you guys feel if it was a prayer to Buddha or Mohammed? You would want it taken down, right? That is what I thought.

 
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3 Monday, 30 January 2012 15:30
DKeh?
"Now what about the hundreds or thousands of kids who look forward to reading that banner everyday or ones that base there lives on it!"

Bwahahahahahahahahahahha. You're kidding right? It's pretty clear the only reason anyone cares about this banner is because it's being removed.
2 Sunday, 29 January 2012 17:30
Idontthinkso
Say nothing of my religion. It is known to my god and myself alone.
-- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adams, 11 January 1817, in Lester Cappon, ed. The Adams-Jefferson Letters, (1959) p. 506, quoted from Jeremy Koselak, "The Exaltation of a Reasonable Deity: Thomas Jefferson’s Critique of Christianity"

I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know.
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Ezra Stiles Ely (June 25, 1819), quoted from Dickinson W Adams, ed, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series (Princeton University Press, 1983; note that attributions saying "Ezra Stiles, president of Yale University (June 25, 1819)" are incorrect, as that Ezra Stiles died in 1795)

Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson, considering three different explanations for why sea shells would be found at higher elevations than one should reasonably expect an ocean to have existed, in Notes on the State of Virginia

What all agree upon is probably right; what no two agree in most probably is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson's Axiom, in a letter to John Adams, 11 January 1817, quoted from Lester Cappon, ed. The Adams-Jefferson Letters (1959) p. 445

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
-- Thomas Jefferson, quoted by Bob Dylan on his Themetime Radio Hour (April 8, 2009)

Lighthouses are more helpful then churches. — Benjamin Franklin

Toleration is not the opposite of intolerance but the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms: the one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, the other of granting it.
-- Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man

[Excerpt]
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression.
-- Thomas Paine, Dissertations on First Principles of Government (July 7, 1795), as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Inspiration and Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine

[Passage]
An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
-- Thomas Paine, Dissertations on First Principles of Government (July 7, 1795), thanks to Laird Wilcox, ed, The Writer's Rights (2002) p. 31

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.
-- Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (1794)

I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies another this right makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.
-- Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (1794), thanks to Laird Wilcox, ed, The Writer's Rights (2002) p. 31

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.
-- Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man

The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of men change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it. That which may be thought right and found convenient in one age, may be thought wrong and found inconvenient in another. In such cases, who is to decide, the living, or the dead?
-- Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Inspiration and Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (which contains no pagination or source citations)

Customs will often outlive the remembrance of their origin.
-- Thomas Paine, as quoted by Joseph Lewis in Inspiration and Wisdom from the Writings of Thomas Paine (which contains no pagination or source citations)

When I contemplate the natural dignity of man; when I feel (for Nature has not been kind enough to me to blunt my feelings) for the honor and happiness of its character, I become irritated at the attempt to govern mankind by force and fraud, as if they were all knaves and fools, and can scarcely avoid disgust at those who are thus imposed upon.
-- Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man

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.
-- Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.
-- Thomas Paine, The Crisis

All thinking men are atheists. — Ernest Hemingway
1 Sunday, 29 January 2012 12:43
open minded!!
I like how you posted reallypeople dont be so close minded!! You andlittle miss jesicca and anyone in agreement with this whole fiasco are the most closeminded of all!! Just because it said basically "" dear father,help me be a better person, amen!"" she felt she didnt belong!! Come on suck it up buttercup!! Dont look at it!! Now what about the hundreds or thousands of kids who look forward to reading that banner everyday or ones that base there lives on it!!

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