Happy Birthday, Mr Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States. [Wikipedia]

Happy birthday, Mr Jefferson.

Here’s something that Jefferson insisted upon that the Indian government would do well to adopt. In the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, Jefferson wrote:

“[no citizen] shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever…[to] compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of [religious] opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.”

I think that it is immoral and wrong that the Indian government forces me to pay for the support of religious activities that I find is sinful and tyrannical.

Today is also the birthday of Christopher Hitchens. Happy birthday and many happy returns, Christopher. May you continue your good fight against the theists. I should mention that I totally disagree with Hitchens on his support for the American invasion of Iraq.

Here’s Christopher Hitchens debating his brother Peter. It is a 14-part video and the first four parts were on Iraq. This part is where they start debating the proposition that the (monotheistic) god does not exist and that god is not great.

One thought on “Happy Birthday, Mr Jefferson

  1. pankaj Wednesday April 16, 2008 / 11:18 am

    Only one thing i can conclude “great people = great leaders= great country”,can we say that for our beloved poor india.


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