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Tea Party Candidate For Congress: “Separation Of Church And State” Came From Hitler

by @ 8:55 am on September 19, 2010. Filed under 2010 Elections, Elections, Freedom of Religion, History, Individual Liberty, Politics

The guy who won the GOP nomination for Mike Castle’s House seat in Delaware seems to be a little nutty:

Christine O’Donnell isn’t the only Delaware Tea Party candidate making waves.

The seat in the House of Representatives currently held by Republican Mike Castle — who was defeated by O’Donnell in Tuesday’s Senatorial primary — is also up for grabs. The Republican primary for that office was won by Tea Partier Glen Urquhart, and it turns out that his political positions may be even more unique than O’Donnell’s.

“Do you know, where does this phrase ‘separation of church and state’ come from?” Urquhart asked at a campaign event last April. “It was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. … The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State ask them why they’re Nazis.”


Yes, that’s right my friends, Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute on Religious Liberty was a Nazi:

Mr. President

To messers Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.


The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. [Congress thus inhibited from acts respecting religion, and the Executive authorised only to execute their acts, I have refrained from prescribing even those occasional performances of devotion, practiced indeed by the Executive of another nation as the legal head of its church, but subject here, as religious exercises only to the voluntary regulations and discipline of each respective sect.] Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association assurances of my high respect & esteem.

(signed) Thomas Jefferson

The truly sad thing ? People believe this nonsense.

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  3. Scott says:

    Great work man, that was very interesting.

    I hate to admit it, but I tend to believe what people say if they say it with conviction. I guess I just think that since they have so much conviction they must sincerely be speaking the truth, but this is not always the case. You proved that right here.

    For the record, I am so gullible and liable to believe anything I read that I didn’t even bother to watch the video before beginning to comment, I only read the text. It wasn’t until I got halfway through this comment that I realized the irony of me admitting I believe what people tell me too easily while accepting and agreeing with your argument without even have watched the video you provided. After watching the video I can say that although this man has conviction, he is no way believable because he appears a bit too crazy.

  4. gene says:

    well, he wasn’t a nazi, but he was an upper class slave owner, to be sure.

  5. dub says:

    you’re fucking idiots

  6. Robert says:

    I love pseudo-intellectuals quibbling about specific words, phrases and origins of words/thoughts/ideas as the basis of their entire argument. It’s clear from the letter what Jefferson was talking about and we sum his point up in a phrase; “separation of church and state.” At any rate it would be foolish to discard a good idea solely because it came from a bad man. It would be super ridiculous to discard a good idea because the phrase that sums it up was uttered by a bad man. But Urquhart seems to be suggesting this and it makes me wonder how that did thinks and why it’s so off the wall.

  7. independent woman says:

    Urquhart is the most devious, dishonest person I have ever dealt with. He does not answer to God, he answers to his inner demon.

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