Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Where is Silence Dogood When We Need Her?

Recently, Red State Rabble stood under the dome of the Capitol in Topeka and listened to a minister tell a group of born-again Christians about the secret history of the United States. She said the the founding fathers, despite all evidence to the contrary, intended this country to be a Christian nation. Our most pious state board member, Kathy Martin, is a big booster of the Christian nation notion, as well. RSR, idealistic fool that we are, always thought is was a nation of laws.

Here's a citation the good minister neglected to quote in her sermon from founding father Benjamin Franklin -- writing as Silence Dogood to the New England Courant (No. 9).

" the most dangerous Hypocrite in a Common-Wealth, is one who leaves the Gospel for the sake of the Law: A Man compounded of Law and Gospel, is able to cheat a whole Country with his Religion, and then destroy them under Colour of Law: And
here the Clergy are in great Danger of being deceiv'd, and the People of being deceiv'd by the Clergy, until the Monster arrives to such Power and Wealth, that he is out of the reach of both, and can oppress the People without their own blind Assistance. "

Franklin saw the future, and it was Kansas.


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