Paul Ryan is utterly wrong about US founding principles re: religion

Reason #183 why Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is unfit to be elected VP (and, by association, Mitt Romney is unfit to be elected POTUS): a fundamental (and/or willful) ignorance of the principles upon which the USA was founded.

On Wed. Sep. 5, 2012, Ryan charged that Democrats purged mentions of God in their platform: “I think it’s rather peculiar. It’s not in keeping with our founding documents, our founding vision. I’d guess you’d have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform. There sure is a lot of mention of government. I guess I would just put the onus and the burden on them to explain why they did all this, these purges of God.”

My guess is that Ryan was referring to the founding documents that he keeps in the same folder as he does his marathon race results.

“Nowhere does the Constitution say: ‘The United States is a Christian Nation’, or anything even close to that. In fact, the words ‘Jesus Christ, Christianity, Bible, Creator, Divine, and God’ are never mentioned in the Constitution– not even once. Nowhere in the Constitution is religion mentioned, except in exclusionary terms. When the Founders wrote the nation’s Constitution, they specified that ‘no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States’.” [Source: http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html]

Consider the following quotes regarding religion (Christianity specifically, but religion in general) from our Founding Fathers:

John Adams (2nd POTUS) – “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.”

Thomas Jefferson (3rd POTUS) – “Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.”

Thomas Jefferson again – “Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the Common Law.”

James Madison (4th POTUS) – “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” (1803)

Benjamin Franklin – “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

Thomas Paine, author “Common Sense” – “Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”

So Paul Ryan, you’re either horribly, tragically, fundamentally misinformed (which is bad enough in a VP candidate), or else you’re a total fucking liar (which is even worse).

I propose an amendment to the Constitution which prohibits ass clowns — oops, “candidates” — from running for or holding federal office until they can pass a test regarding the basic facts re: the documents upon which this country was founded. (That’d clear out the Tea Partiers, and a whole bunch of useless Repubs & Dems, too…)