John AdamsJohn Adams, (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

John Adams Quote

“Spent an hour in the beginning of the evening at Major Gardiner's, where it was thought that the design of Christianity was not to make men good riddle-solvers, or good mystery-mongers, but good men, good magistrates, and good subjects, good husbands and good wives, good parents and good children, good masters and good servants. The following questions may be answered some time or other, namely, — Where do we find a precept in the Gospel requiring Ecclesiastical Synods? Convocations? Councils? Decrees? Creeds? Confessions? Oaths? Subscriptions? and whole cart-loads of other trumpery that we find religion incumbered with in these days?”

John AdamsJohn Adams
~ John Adams

Diary entry, 18 February 1756.

Ratings and Comments

L. Hanson, Edmonton, Canada

is this (race/religion) still going to be a problem after nearly 150 years with you people? Why don't you just take that precious constitution of your's and light it up? Apparently it is absolutely meaningless.

We have more freedom in Canada than you have, gaurrenteed by law - and we've only had our Charter since 1980. And that was forged through us practicing our beliefs, not postulating over them in the lofty chambers and undermining them in secret counsils.

So when are you going to put into practice these lofty ideals? When will be better - at anything? Because, right now, in the real world, you are failing.

Al, DC
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Al, DC    7/30/13

Thank god for John Adams and the first amendment to the United States Constitution.

Mike, Norwalk

I'm not quite sure how to rate one man's thoughts (ignorance, knowledge, etc.) on the topic of religion. L Hanson on the other hand shows once again that ole adage, no one knows how stupid you are until you open your mouth (150 years ?, freedom in Canada - like compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, etc. ?, guaranteed by law - what law / man's rules or natural law ?, practicing our beliefs - just another theocracy ?, ETC.) He does make a point though, the occupying statist theocracy now infesting this land is antithetical to law, lofty ideals, and the Constitution.

jim k, Austin, Tx

Be as kind as possible to others is my religion.

E Archer, NYC

I like it. If we perhaps put more attention on our responsibilities for doing 'good' rather than in 'saving' others, people wouldn't be so gullible into surrendering themselves to 'promises' made by those who profess to be ministers of ultimate authority. As far as I can tell, government is merely a religion of councils, decrees, temples, i.e. "trumpery" that is playing god. Same as it ever was. Republican government is still an ideal.

J Carlton, Calgary

That's why I no longer subscribe to organized religion. I still believe in my Higher Power, the God of my understanding, but not organized religion. And I see old Hanson is still living a dream. ;-) Canada is only slightly less of a tyranny than the US at this time. But you wait Hanson, Canada will go the direction of the US as the NWO picks up steam. The Canadian govt. is just biding its time while the US govt. does the heavy lifting. Because it's more "polite" LOL


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