Date: November 11, 2019 12:15AM
Lot's Wife Wrote:
> > The Deist framers of America's Constitution
> > decided that religion was good for society and
> > needed to be protected, because without it
> > would not feel compelled to obey the law.
> Not true, Kori.
Kori may or may not exist,
depending upon whether or not you are observing him.
The framers believed that
> religion was deeply entrenched and, for the vast
> majority of people, an unchanging reality. They
> did not want to promote religion per se, but
> rather to remove the possibility that a religion
> might attain governmental power.
I read that in Issacson's Ben Franklin,https://www.amazon.com/s?k=ben+franklin+walter+isaacson&i=stripbooks&gclid=CjwKCAiAh5_uBRA5EiwASW3Iav7qhhkpKgdd-G-T_XFDluJzJJupNKDr-v-t9jHlTcmybnH0HcEwRxoCOvoQAvD_BwE&hvadid=241653182382&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1027784&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=89314036142703530&hvtargid=kwd-795226265&hydadcr=22128_10167285&tag=googhydr-20&ref=pd_sl_672p5zzdgm_e
Franklin and Jefferson were quite clear and articulate about why they protected, not promoted, religion. One reason was because Franklin had a couple of friends who were atheists who had no problem stealing from him, and Franklin thought it was good for people to have some fear of God so that at least they had a reason to not violate the rights of others.
It's like Napoleon said, "Religion is what keeps poor from killing the rich."
It's not like the rich and powerful have ever really believed in reigion, they have just used it to get poor people to pay their taxes the way they faithfully paid their tithes to the Pope and it's been working towards that end ever since.