Another hilarious find at our local bookstore was this expensive and beautifully edited volume titled American Patriot's Bible. The author of the book goes out of his way to convince himself that Christianity is the basis on which this country was built. There is even a chapter dedicated to the "faith of the Founding Fathers." Of course, the following quotes didn't make it into the book:
"I have examined all the known superstitions of the world and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been
burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth."
"Christianity...(has become) the most perverted system that ever shone on man...Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes and imposters led by Paul, the first great corruptor of the teachings of Jesus."
"The doctrine of the divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."
"Among the most detesable villains in history, you could not find one worse than Moses. Here is an order, attributed to 'God' to butcher the boys, to massacre the mothers, and to debauch and rape the daughters. I would not dare so dishonor my Creator's name by (attaching) it to this filthy book (the Bible)."
"It is the duty of every true Diest to vindicate the moral justice of God against the evils of the Bible."
"What influence in fact have Christian ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society? In many instances they have been upholding the thrones of political tyrrany. In no instance have they been seen as the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty have found in the clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government,
instituted to secure and perpetuate liberty, does not need the clergy."
No wonder that after being exposed to the egrigious falsifications of history offered by such "Bibles" my students are surprised to find out that there is a separation of Church and State in this country.