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Happy Thomas Paine Day

Today is Thomas Paine Day, also known as Freethinkers Day. It’s the birthday of Paine, the revolutionary pamphleteer, a day to celebrate, well, the stuff Tom Paine said.

Here’s a sampling of some of the famous statements by Paine:

“All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.”

“One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.”

“It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.”

“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. “

Now, if you want to be a real freethinker, keep this in mind: The fact that Thomas Paine said these things does not make them more or less valid. Evaluate all quotations on their content, not just according to who said them.

6 comments to Happy Thomas Paine Day

    • Jim

      OK, qs, you’ve cut and pasted this link about twenty times here, mostly on threads that have nothing to do with the subject of Barack Obama or militancy. One remains. The rest have been added to the Akismet database as characteristic of spam.

  • qs

    Jim,
    Why is there no celebration of Obama’s kills here? This blog is outraged about all sorts of other stuff.,

    • Jim

      That question is your first original thought in a day of cut-and-paste spamming. But it’s odd. Why would I celebrate Barack Obama’s orders to kill? And why would you presume that I’d want to?

  • qs

    Hehe, that first line about “celebrating” was sarcasm. I really meant “outraged” or “debated.”

    • Jim

      Heh heh. If you want to be understood, be parallel. Your second sentence was sincere? Your first sentence was sarcastic? Pick one or the other. Either:

      Why is there no celebration of Obama’s kills here? You just looooved Bush’s wartime acts.

      or

      Why is there no criticism of Obama’s kills here? This blog was outraged when Bush did it.

      Those jibes make sense. Yours is muddled and hard to understand.

      By the way, why do you love skewering babies with dinner forks? You never condemn the act in your comments.

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