|11/17/2012 3:04:00 PM|
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The forgotten hero
Thomas Paine became notorious because of "The Age of Reason" (written 1793-94), his book that advocates deism, promotes reason and freethinking, and argues against institutionalized religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular.
He also wrote the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1795), discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income.
From his book "The Age of Reason," Thomas Paine wrote "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. My own mind is my own church. All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."
Thank you for mentioning our Country's most neglected revolutionary hero - Thomas Paine. He died alone and forsaken - an outcast from his own adopted country because of what he believed, wrote and then had published.
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