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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Americans Owe a Lot to a Skeptic--Thomas Jefferson

Americans today can thank Thomas Jefferson for leading the way in establishing religious freedom in our country. Jefferson, a Christian Deist, who was called an atheist by his political opponents, is the single most important figure in this struggle for freedom of conscience. Christians, and people of other religions can thank Thomas Jefferson, a skeptic and a rationalist, for their freedom to practice whatever superstition they desire without government interference. Without the good sense of a skeptic, Americans today might all have been forced to belong to one religion.

A new PBS production, God in America, documents this. The first clip is about 7 minutes and the second clip about 9 minutes. Well worth watching.

Watch the full episode. See more FRONTLINE.

Watch the full episode. See more FRONTLINE.

HT: John Loftus

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