Backyard Skeptics Misquotes Thomas Jefferson About Christianity

October 30, 2011 at 7:24 PM

It was an interesting read.  Bruce Gleason, head of California-based (what’s new?) Backyard Skeptics paid four grand for a billboard that read:  “I Do Not Find in Christianity One Redeeming Feature.  It is Founded on Fables and Mythology.”  The quote was mistakenly attributed to Thomas Jefferson.

The trouble is that Jefferson never said that at all.  In fact, though a Deist, he was not opposed to specific religions per se.  He was also a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms.

The reality seems to be that groups like Backyard Skeptics (maybe “Backwards Skeptics” is more like it) try to hard to appear to be simply skeptical, when in reality they are far more left of center than they care to admit.  No worries though because when they make a huge mistake like they did recently (by misquoting Jefferson), their foot becomes firmly planted in their collective mouth and their true distaste of Christianity comes to the fore.

When I visited their web site, I noted that a great number of people who left comments mentioned the same thing.  Why wasn’t this group – Backyard Skeptics – attacking the Islamic faith?  Why were they merely singling out Christianity?

Many answered their own question simply because the answer seems to be so obvious.  Groups like Backyard Skeptics will no sooner attack Muslims and Islam as they would cut off their own hand.  To attack Islam means to invite threats and the truth is that Muslims who threaten people for their comments and criticisms of Islam have the will to carry out those threats.  Christians in general do not.  We are known for and expected to turn the other cheek, to walk away, to ignore it.  Too many Muslims will not do that.

I was watching the previews for a new Reality TV show called “All American Muslim.”  The show focuses on several Muslim families who live in Dearborn, MI, allegedly the capitol of Islam in the United States.  It’s no wonder that it is commonly referred to as “Dearbornistan” simply due to the fact that there are so many Muslims living there.

During the previews, we see Muslims who are bright, articulate, funny, and forceful.  One Muslim man claims he likes “feisty” Muslim women.  A Muslim woman tells of a time she was on a plane when she heard someone say how uncomfortable her presence made them.  Her response was “Then you’d better get your a** off this plane, because I have a meeting to get to!

If a Christian responded this way, immediately, that person would be branded a hypocrite and rightly so.  While I do not believe Christians are obligated to become door mats for people (though too many in this world apparently believe that is the way it should be because of their complete misunderstanding of Jesus’ teachings and His definition of love), they should not respond as this Muslim woman responded.  Certainly, Jesus would not have responded this way though I have no problem believing that Muhammad would have, based on my own historical research of his life.

It is very likely that we will see a Reality TV show that caters to the Muslim, presenting them in a very positive light.  I’m sure there are very peaceful Muslims and in fact, I know some of them.  However, what I seriously doubt will be broached (and if it is broached, it will not be thoroughly dealt with) is the amount of terrorism that exists in this world on an ongoing basis and unfortunately for peaceful Muslims, nearly 100% of this terrorism is perpetrated by those within Islam.

I also doubt that this upcoming TV show will highlight how badly Muslims in Dearborn have mistreated Christians there and how the City Council, the Mayor, and the Police Chief seem to be in collusion with the Muslim community to silence those who oppose Islam.  If we hear about this at all, it is likely to be brushed aside by Muslims as something that was completely blown out of proportion.  However, tell that to members of Acts 17, an evangelistic group of Christians who were arrested, charged, and went on trial a few years ago for simply being outside the Arab Festival and attempting to talk to Muslims about Jesus.  A number of individuals from the Acts 17 group were at one time Muslims, but had become Christians and wanted to share that news with other Muslims.

So at least four individuals from Acts 17 were arrested for inciting.  They were tried and found completely innocent of the charges.  Yet, to this day, there are blogs purporting to prove that Acts 17 has deceived the public.

The point is that the TV show in question will likely focus on the positives of life as a Muslim. Why?  Why now?  Is it because some have gotten together to try to fight what it sees as a rising tide of anti-Muslim attitudes?  Most today are sick and tired of all the terrorism that is occurring throughout the Middle East as well as other parts of the world.  People are tired of the “no-go” zones in various parts of Europe, places that are simply declared “no-go” zones by the Muslims who live in a particular neighborhood.  They do not want non-Muslims there and to secure their neighborhoods, they claim their own turf.  It’s like gangs without the gang wars.

Those who are stupid enough to venture into those areas often risk being beaten, pelted with stones or bats, or raped.  These Muslims believe that they have a right to their own communities.  No one would argue with them on that point.  However, their communities should come under the rule of law that is set for that entire state or nation.  They should not have an exemption because of their religion.  No one else does.  Certainly, Christians do not.

Today, I read that one U.S. Circuit Court Judge ruled that a city council cannot open with prayers ending in “Jesus Christ” because that puts people on the defensive, or ill at ease and it also tends to be sectarian in nature.  The city council is going to the Supreme Court over the matter.

Muslims attending a Catholic school are objecting that they do not have a “prayer” room; a room that has no crosses, crucifixes, statues of Mary of any other religious icon.  I find it fascinating that there are Muslims who want to attend a Catholic school to begin with, but then to complain that they “need” their own area to pray that provides them with a room where no religious symbolism is present is absurd.  Most people are unaware that this is how Muslims gain an inch here and there, opening the door slowly to Islam.  If the Catholic school gives in, it will not be long before other “requests” are issued by the same Muslims.  People simply do not see what is going on at all.

Backyard Skeptics is an organization that seems more backwards and not skeptical at all than anything else.  For them to attack Christianity is asinine.  This is where it makes them appear to be not so much anti-religion or anti-God, but anti-Christianity.

While I do not agree with the stance of Backyard Skeptics, certainly they have a right to their opinion.  What is interesting to me is what many individuals have stated in response to this latest open attack on Christians.

I’m not a Christian and I practice a form of Buddhism but I just wanted to say that you people are morons. Christianity has many redeeming features even though Jesus was just another human and all the miracles never happened. The miracles were added by later writers to spice up the story. It was normal at that time to do this…”

Though I obviously would not agree with this person’s assertions regarding Jesus and the miracles, I appreciate the fact that he, along with many others who posted their comments, came to the defense of Christianity.

Another person wrote, “So when do we get to see your anti-Muslim billboard? They also believe in God. I don’t think we’ll ever see one because you people are nothing but a pack of COWARDS.”

Still another person stated, “Why in the h*ll would any sane person, regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof, even consider aligning themselves with an organization so short of vision and (obviously) so desperate for ranks, that it spends tens of thousands of dollars on a marketing plan hinging totally on laying a statement damning Christianity at the feet of one of America’s founding fathers, without verifying the authenticity, accuracy, or truth of the statement first?

Another person wrote, “Did you think this through? Is it hurting anyone? Yes, you, me and believers alike. Is it doing any good? No. Shame on you for making us look hateful. Atheist — not anti-theist.

Oh and of course there were plenty of “attaboys” and compliments regarding the billboard from many who think that Backyard Skeptics is doing a great job.  Don’t want to leave them out or make it appear as though they received no support for their efforts.

At the same time, there were many comments from individuals asking them same question about when they were going to start attacking Islam?  Though Bruce Gleason responded to several comments posted (all in favor of his actions to go with the billboard), not once did he respond to anyone who disagreed with his position on the billboard.

This brings to mind the following quotes from Jesus regarding those who were and would become His followers.

You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved,” (Matthew 10:22)

If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you,” (John 15:18).

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you,” (Matthew 10:16-20).

I’m sure you get the picture.  Jesus warned His followers that the people of this world will hate Christians because they hated Him.  It was that hatred that brought about His death.  Why should the “student” think that he is going to avoid the same treatment as that received by his Master?

Groups like Backyard Skeptics will always be around until the end of time.  Their mission will be not to attack or attempt to destroy any other religious groups or religions except for Christians and Christianity.  That’s all they want.  They don’t care about Islam, or any other religion that claims to have a god as its head.  They care only about Christianity because it is Christianity that has impacted this nation from the beginning.

No, I do not believe that this nation was a Christian nation from the start.  I believe (and history proves) that this nation was founded upon Christian principles.  Many of our laws are based on biblical laws and tenets.  It takes no genius to see that.

People can ignore Islam because Islam had no affect on the United States when it came into being or up until recently.  It was simply not an issue.  Most people who think about Islam do not consider it to be any type of threat (except with respect to the radical jihadist within Islam).  By and large, atheists and agnostics can easily allow groups like Buddhists, Islamists, and many other groups exist without warring against them simply because for the most part, these groups live by principles.  They do not claim to have had a “new birth” with a Holy Spirit taking up residence within them.  They simply do their best to achieve “oneness” with the universe.  Christians on the other hand represent something far different.  They represent a morality that most people do not want to be reminded about.  This is not to say that Christians live perfectly holy lives; no one does.  It simply means that Christians have a reality within them that does not exist within other individuals.  Of course, atheists and agnostics will resolutely disagree with that sentiment and that’s their prerogative.

It remains that Jesus was hated to death.  He stated that His own followers would be hated as He was (and is still) hated.  When people swear, they will often use Jesus’ name as an epithet.  We don’t hear people using the name of Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius as a swear word, do we?  We’ll hear the general “God” used as a swear word as well, but never Gandhi, or something else.  No, when people want to make it personal, they use Jesus Christ as a swear word and they do it out of habit. They don’t care that it offends me or any other Christian.  They would never consider using Muhammad as a swear word for obvious reasons, but the Name Jesus?  No worries if Christians are offended.  Who cares, right?  Too bad.  Christians should just suck it up.  We do, repeatedly.

There is something diabolically evil about that whole issue and the way the world thinks.  It is so far removed from Christianity that it is no wonder people become put off by it.  They become angered with Christianity simply because of their guilty conscience and for no other reason.  Of course, they do not see it that way at all.  They think Christians are trying to tell them what to do and how to live.

One thing I noticed on the Backyard Skeptics page was a few of the individuals there were attempting to quote parts of Scripture to make Christianity appear to be completely evil.  They spoke of God destroying all life on earth in the flood of Noah (though of course, they don’t believe that occurred).  They talked about the children of Israel going into the promised land under orders to destroy all other culture groups.

I won’t get into the reasons God chose that path and it would do not good anyway for those who do not care.  The fact though is that was THEN and this is NOW.  Christians do not advocate stoning anyone “outside the camp.”  They do not believe homosexuals should be killed or if a father’s daughter was found not to be a virgin on her wedding night that she should be killed.  It’s extremely easy to take the Bible out of its cultural context to see that the cultures around the Israelites were far worse than anything God told the Israelites to do.  Many of these surrounding nations routinely sacrificed their children to Molech by tossing them into the fire.  God had (and still has) a huge problem with idolatry and those groups that persisted in worshiping false gods often came face to face with God’s wrath.

It would take too long to explain some of the passages that those at Backyard Skeptics group were citing as reasons that Christianity should be attacked.  If that is the case, then the Qur’an should not be exempt, but I know it will continue to be exempt.  We will never see a billboard up, paid for by Backyard Skeptics (or any other group) complaining about how badly Islam treats women. In fact, I doubt seriously that the billboard company would go for it because they may come to realize that they were putting their own workers in potential jeopardy because of it.

I noted one woman who posted saying that she wore a T-shirt that said something like, “Smile, there is no hell.”  She said because of it, she was almost attacked at the post office.  That’s very difficult to believe but it sure sounds good and props up her reason to oppose Christianity.

My response to her is for her to wear a T-shirt with Muhammad’s face on it.  I triple dog dare her.  Of course she won’t do it because she will not want to take the chance of facing the real wrath of an Islamic jihadist with blood in his eyes.

I believe as time goes on, more individuals will continue to ignore or even defer to Islam on a greater scale.  They will do this while at the same time, attacking Christianity and Christians with greater ferocity.  The tragedy is that they will not even see it because of their own blind hatred for something that they clearly do not understand.

Rational and intelligent people may for a time, stop to ask why there is such hatred for Christianity.  They will be duly outnumbered by irrational and pseudo-intelligent people who believe that Christianity is the root of all evil.  They will have no ability to see their own cowardice, their own hatred, and their own hypocrisy.  Instead, they will place the blame on one group and one group only:  Christians and Christianity.  Why?  Because we turn the other cheek and present to them nothing to fear.

Just as Nero likely started the fire which burned down Rome, then blamed it on the Christians who were innocent of the crime, so too will a growing group of modern-day “Neros” will place blame on Christianity and Christians.  In fact, some in that group seem to have that mentality already:

I’m so sick of the religious right claiming that the USA is a “Christian Nation.” These flat earth intellectuals are dangerously close to gaining complete control of our political system and it’s so refreshing to see an organization committed to debunk their misguided, and dangerous, hyperbole.” (emphasis added)

How asinine is that?  “Flat earth intellectuals”?  That doesn’t even make sense.  Gaining complete control of the political system?  Right, sure.  Good one.  The socialists and communists have been in charge of it for quite some time in fact.  Note the last statement that I’ve bolded.  That is – in itself – the real reason that Backyard Skeptics exist.  They are not skeptics in the truest sense of the word.  They are militantly and unabashedly against Christianity and Christianity only.

It’s only going to get worse before it gets better.  The world has its common enemy and it is Christianity and the Christians within it.

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