So Atheists: Do you respect Patrick Henry and consider him a true patriot & voice of our great nation?

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” — Patrick Henry

22 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    This is why you fail at quote mining:

    Thomas Paine:

    "I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of... Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all."


    "As to religion, I hold it to be the indispensable duty of government to protect all conscientious protesters thereof, and I know of no other business government has to do therewith."

    Thomas Jefferson:

    "Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one 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."


    "Question with boldness even the existence of a god."

    James Madison:

    "During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."

  • 1 decade ago

    oh look, his name is on list of famous liberals !

    1 Classical Contributors to Liberalism

    1.1 Laozi

    1.2 Aristotle

    2 "Humanism"

    2.1 Niccolò Machiavelli

    2.2 Desiderius Erasmus

    2.3 Thomas Hobbes

    2.4 Baruch Spinoza

    3 From Locke to Mill

    3.1 John Locke

    3.2 John Trenchard

    3.3 Charles de Montesquieu

    3.4 Thomas Gordon

    3.5 François Quesnay

    3.6 Voltaire

    3.7 Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    3.8 Denis Diderot

    3.9 Jean le Rond d'Alembert

    3.10 Samuel Adams

    3.11 Richard Price

    3.12 Anders Chydenius

    3.13 Adam Smith

    3.14 William Blackstone

    3.15 Immanuel Kant

    3.16 Anne Robert Jacques Turgot

    3.17 Edmund Burke

    3.18 Joseph Priestley

    3.19 August Ludwig von Schlözer

    3.20 Patrick Henry

    3.21 Thomas Paine

    3.22 Thomas Jefferson

    3.23 Marquis de Condorcet

    3.24 Jeremy Bentham

    3.25 Emmanuel Sieyès

    3.26 James Madison

    3.27 Destutt de Tracy

    3.28 Anne Louise Germaine de Staël

    3.29 Benjamin Constant

    3.30 Jean-Baptiste Say

    3.31 Wilhelm von Humboldt

    3.32 David Ricardo

    3.33 James Mill

    3.34 José María Luis Mora

    3.35 Frédéric Bastiat

    3.36 Johan Rudolf Thorbecke

    3.37 Harriet Martineau

    3.38 Ralph Waldo Emerson

    3.39 Alexis de Tocqueville

    3.40 William Lloyd Garrison

    3.41 Friedrich Schiller

    4 Mill and further, the development of (international) liberalism

    4.1 John Stuart Mill

    4.2 Juan Bautista Alberdi

    4.3 Henry David Thoreau

    4.4 Jacob Burckhardt

    4.5 Herbert Spencer

    4.6 Thomas Hill Green

    4.7 Auberon Herbert

    4.8 Carl Menger

    4.9 William Graham Sumner

    4.10 Lester Frank Ward

    4.11 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

    4.12 Lujo Brentano

    4.13 Tomáš Masaryk

    4.14 Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk

    4.15 Louis Brandeis

    4.16 Thorstein Veblen

    4.17 John Dewey

    4.18 Friedrich Naumann

    4.19 Santeri Alkio

    4.20 Max Weber

    4.21 Leonard Hobhouse

    4.22 Benedetto Croce

    4.23 Walther Rathenau

    4.24 William Beveridge

    4.25 Ludwig von Mises

    4.26 José Ortega y Gasset

    4.27 Salvador de Madariaga

    4.28 Adolf Berle

    4.29 Wilhelm Röpke

    4.30 Bertil Ohlin

    4.31 Friedrich Hayek

    4.32 Karl Popper

    4.33 Alan Paton

    4.34 John Hicks

    4.35 Raymond Aron

    4.36 Simone de Beauvoir

    4.37 John Kenneth Galbraith

    4.38 Isaiah Berlin

    4.39 Milton Friedman

    4.40 James Buchanan

    4.41 John Rawls

    4.42 Murray Newton Rothbard

    4.43 Ralf Dahrendorf

    4.44 Karl-Hermann Flach

    4.45 Joseph Raz

    4.46 Ronald Dworkin

    4.47 Richard Rorty

    4.48 Amartya Sen

    4.49 Robert Nozick

    4.50 Hernando de Soto

    4.51 Bruce Ackerman

    4.52 Martha Nussbaum

    4.53 Will Kymlicka

  • 1 decade ago

    As an atheist I respect Patrick Henry and consider him a true patriot. He also happens to be wrong regarding the foundation of the United States. Jesus never mentioned democracy. There is nothing in the Constitution that reflects Christianity or any other religion.

  • punch
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Yes, but I prefer quotes from some of our other founding fathers.

    "The government of the United

    States, is not in any sense founded on the Christian

    religion." George Washington. "The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere

    in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths,

    Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in


    [John Adams]

    "Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear." - Thomas Jefferson

    "Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies." - Thomas Jefferson

    " The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity." - John Adams

    "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches." - Benjamin Franklin

    "Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private schools, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separated." - Ulysses S. Grant

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Just because someone is respected does not mean that he was right about everything. Patrick Henry probably kept slaves too.

    Besides, read his last sentence. Freedom of religion, which he espouses, also implies freedom FROM religion, which is why the founding fathers decided not to have a state religion and force it down people's throats.

  • 1 decade ago

    country founded by Christians, I believe there is a verse in your bible a command from god not to go against your governing body, which this country did in the revolutionary war, a fight against there leaders to have there own way of life.

    But then again when a religion tries so hard to cover up it's very bloody history you except lies to follow.

  • 1 decade ago

    "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."

    Source(s): Treaty of Tripoli, 1797
  • 1 decade ago

    Patrick Henry's opinions hardly count as evidence that the US ought to be a Christian theocracy.

  • alpu5
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I think Tom Paine had a much better grip on reality.

    “The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.”

  • Todd A
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Good for him. He was still wrong on that one, since both the Constitution and an actual act of legislation ratified by the Senate said otherwise, but he was overall a good guy.

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