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Thomas Jefferson

Filed By Ed Team | December 13, 2005 12:49 AM | comments

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I am not afraid of the priests. They have tried upon me all their various batteries, of pious whining, hypocritical canting, lying and slandering, without being able to give me one moment of pain. -- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Horatio Gates Spafford, 1816

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Bruce Parker | December 13, 2005 1:40 AM

I had an undergraduate sociology professor who was teaching us all the basics of social theory. Often as we progressed through the history of the field, we would become disillusioned with older theories as new ones dismantled them. Her response, "Don't throw out the baby with the bath water."

As a movement, we have to be extremely cautious not to become anti-religious or dismissive of the transformative and inspirational power of faith. If you are religious, pray for me. I am not so religious but I am sending good thoughts your way.

For the most part, I would agree with you. However, with religious, political extremists knowingly misrepresenting and blatantly lying about the HRO and other positive aspects of the community, I, as a fellow Christian, think that we are justified and even obligated to become anti-religious or dismissive of the transformative and inspirational power of their brand of faith.