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Thomas Jefferson, by most accounts one of the founding fathers you have to know to truly understand the Constitution, with his own monument in the nation's capital and part of Mt Rushmore, is to become an afterthought.


And that's not considering the other issues in that article.

"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State."Thomas Jefferson


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Sad, but textbooks were never accurate...

TMundo's picture

...as for separation of church and state, I certainly hope those who attempt to teach christianity are christians, and also that they remember that christianity is a choice, and not something that can be forced on people.

     Textbooks however, I remeber when I first learned that Christopher Columbus wasn't, in fact, trying to prove to everyone that the world was round, and that the Greeks had already determined the circumfrence of the Earth long before by using the stars. My research lead me to find that the government had actually commisioned Irving Washington to write the Adventures of Christopher Columbus after the revolutionary war, because it was deemed that the american public needed a figure to look up to.  Wasn't George washington and his Cherry tree a political story as well, used to get him elected? (I could be off base about this.)  I seem to remember them teaching us about how George never could tell a lie, stating that it was in fact he who cut down that cherry tree when questioned by his angry parents.  ANd Marco Polo was responsible for a whole lot more than spagehtti, paper money for instance, was most likely introduced to the western world by Marco Polo, and more efficient methods of burning coal.  I wonder now, how many other things were faked, like the pilgrims and indians sitting down for a nice ol' thanksgiving.  The creation of america.  The absolute root cause of slavery.  It makes one think, when you can't truyst textbooks to tell the truth about history, and you can't trust the government to tell you about large events, what exactly you should believe.  The truth is out there, but you have to hunt it down yourself, you can't expect them to feed it to you on a silver platter.

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