I know this has been beaten to death nearly, but I had to chime in with something. Paine has always been one of my favorite of the "good 'ol boys".. I nearly shit when I heard what Glenn Beck had done with that goofy actor, etc. Doing a little "light" reading of The Age of Reason I re-found a favorite:
"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."
Either Beck is trying to pull a fast one, or he's never cracked any of Paine's stuff. There's plenty more to say on this subject, and I am sure it has already been said on blogs far better written than mine. Google it.
10 months ago