Tuesday, January 23, 2007


"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot

"The free will never be men if their concept of freedom demands that they must strangle some with the entrails of others." -St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse

The first quote was invoked during a PBS special about John Adams, whe discussing Jefferson's enthusiasm for French philosophers and the French Revolution. I would like to think that, if Robespierre's reign of blood were splashed on CNN in real-time, Jefferson's opinion of Enlightenment philosophy would have been different. It wasn't until later in life that Jefferson admitted that the French Revolution was an exercise in bloody tyranny.

Those who invoke Jefferson's desired separation of State and Religion would prefer that the separation be six feet of dirt and a pine box, Religion occupying the coffin.

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