George Washington on…
George Washington on religion & enlightenment:

Observe good faith & justice towds all Nations. Cultivate peace & harmony with all–Religion & morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice & benevolence.

The religion and morality of a free and enlightened people will encourage them to observe good faith & justice to all nations, itself guided by an exalted justice.

Bill Maher, on the same subject (hat tip to Backcountry Conservative):

We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies.

Maher represents a thinking in our nation today that is truly upside-down from that of the founding fathers. Liberals of his ilk have utterly lost their way, and have no idea that that they’re wandering aimlessly. All the things he would acknowledge that have made this country great were instituted by religious folks who, contrary to Maher’s insistence later on in the article, did believe in science and rationality. We still do. That may come as a surprise to him, but it shouldn’t.

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