Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Texas Board of Education wingnut Cynthia Dunbar, being interviewed by theocratic wingnut John Lofton:

“They (the founding fathers) didn’t want in any way religion to be chilled. They certainly didn’t want to have any concern whatsoever for the, quote-unquote, nonreligious, which is the new standard that we know, as far as seeing what the Supreme Court in promoting secularism, ultimately by inhibiting any religious instruction.”

This is absolute nonsense, of course. Here is Jefferson, praising the passage of a bill in Virginia that he had written a few years earlier, a bill to establish religious liberty in that state:

Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting “Jesus Christ,” so that it would read “A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.

Indeed, can it even be said that freedom of religion exists in any nation if the right to reject religion is not every bit as protected as the right to believe in any particular religion?