Abraham Lincoln: Religion Hunter

So, the Tea and Republican parties are suddenly up in arms over the recently revealed Lincoln Letters that reveal that Abraham Lincoln was, indeed, an atheist. You know, The Smiling Atheist is just going to come right out and say it: No shit, Sherlock! Do you right-wing nutcases not have access to history books? Or do you merely not have the capabilities to read them? Darwin knows you read enough Ayn Rand. Another atheist, by the way, however, not one I’m thrilled to call one of my own.

The fact of the matter is that Lincoln was well known to have been an atheist. It was actually one of the biggest trump cards pulled out by his opponent during his campaign to become president. He was accused of being an atheist at just about every turn, and never actually denied it either. His responses were usually within the confines of quoting the No Religious Test Clause or the Separation Clause of the Constitution, or rambling on some speech about a person’s relationship with god being a personal matter, not for the public eye. If you’ll notice, actually, during the Civil War, the most often utilized justification for keeping slaves were the biblical verses Leviticus 25:44-46 and Exodus 21:2-6, both of which condone slavery, while it is not condemned anywhere in the Old or New Testaments. This argument, Lincoln completely ignored in leading his crusade to end slavery and to amass the constitutional power of the centralized federal government. Also, look closely at the presidential history and its religious affiliation section. Lincoln admittedly claims no religious affiliation.

I have to ask at this point, just what is the problem? Why do you suddenly look upon the man who essentially started the civil rights movement in a different light because he didn’t believe in the same invisible man in the sky that you seem to? How is he a different person? As a matter of fact, I would have thought modern day republicans to detest Lincoln in the first place. He started a war (something you would like) over civil liberties (something you clearly don’t like). He limited states’ rights to the articles and amendments within the federal Constitution. He drank and womanized. He wore a top-hat. He enjoyed the theater (possibly a downfall in the end, but I digress).

Is it because you don’t want to admit that a hero of American history could have been a godless heathen? You know, like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Paine, and plenty other non-theistic individuals who paved the way for the country you’re now trying to destroy?
Let me run down a list of Lincoln’s quotes regarding organized religion:

“The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession.”

“The only person who is a worse liar than a faith healer is his patient.”

“If there is no military need for the building, leave it alone, neither putting anyone in or out of it, except on finding some one preaching or practicing treason, in which case lay hands on him, just as if he were doing the same thing in any other building.”
— Abraham Lincoln, order relating to a church in Memphis, Tennessee, issued on May 13, 1864, Nicolay and Hay, Works of Abraham Lincoln, chapter on “Lincoln and the Churches,” quoted from Franklin Steiner, The Religious Beliefs of Our Presidents, p. 143. In the same chapter Nicolay and Hay state that in order to prevent treasonable preaching, Secretary Stanton appointed Bishop Ames, of the Methodist Church, to be supervisor of all the Churches in a certain southern district. President Lincoln at once countermanded the order.

“It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to Infidelity.”
— Abraham Lincoln, Manford’s Magazine, quoted from Franklin Steiner, The Religious Beliefs of Our Presidents, p. 144

Whatever your justifications, to look upon another in a different light knowing suddenly that he lacked a belief that you personally, in your opinion, feel is important, is nothing more than bigotry. Do I, as a science nerd, look upon Sir Isaac Newton in a different light knowing he was also a theologian? Absolutely not. The man still invented calculus and discovered the principles of gravity (his original thesis was mostly right anyway, though he could hardly realize the gravity of what he had discovered – no pun intended). Abraham Lincoln accomplished within his short presidency, more positive influence and outcome than any president before or after him. He was a hero to whom millions of African Americans owe their freedom, and most likely plenty of peoples of other races and nationalities who entered this country after the time of the Civil War. His words were that of poetry, and those words inspired a majority of our country to realize its foundation and legacy as the world’s first great secular and free nation. A legacy that has since been tarnished, I might add, on both accounts.

In the end, yes, a godless heathen ended slavery in America. In fact, he did so much more. A bill President Lincoln signed into law chartered the first transcontinental railroad. He signed into law the Homestead Act and the National Banking Act. And before he was assassinated, he chartered and supported the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which gave full freedom and liberties to African Americans previously shackled by the chains of slavery. Put that in your smoke and pipe it; na-na na-na boo-boo, stick your head in doo-doo. Smiling Atheist out, and don’t forget to follow and subscribe.  And remember that Crusade: The Unchecked and Unbalanced Role of Faith in America by yours truly is available on Amazon.com for $19.99 and in eBook format for all nook applications, including the free ones such as nook for PC, on barnesandnoble.com for $5.99.


2 comments on “Abraham Lincoln: Religion Hunter

  1. Reasons why the smiling atheist is an idiot. He never gives reasons to hate religion. He just twists the words and definitions to make them sound like they're stupid and laughable. Like that Jesus is a zombie and we have to drink his blood. THAT'S CALLED A METAPHOR dumbass.Oh and Jesus can't be a zombie. He's not a man. He's a God. And Gods can't die. They just come back to life. Therefore he is not a zombie because a zombie is already dead. How can be undead if he was never dead in the first place? Abraham Lincoln was not an atheist.Lincolns wife said that Lincoln had found God during his time as president. Don't believe me? Look it up.Lincolns wife knew more about Lincoln than any person he knew in politics. The quote was made after his death. Lincoln was most likely agnostic. Not one of those quotes said he didn't believe in God. They said that he wasn't religious or christian(at least he wasn't before he became president)but not once did he say he didn't believe in a higher power. You have no proof what his religion was so quit pretending like you do. Even Steven Hawking said he believes in a higher power. Could you at least learn how to make website. Why all the christian ads on an atheist site? Your why people laugh at religion article was pathetic. You just made a bunch of bad jokes about everything religious. Not once did you give a real reason for why it is laughable. It's like saying that school is bad because its boring. And assuming that being an atheist makes one smarter(you said that atheism means smart in your article)is retarded. Your an idiot for thinking that religion is stupid because it doesn't agree with your trollish, close minded brain. You even hated on holdiays. What you mad because you don't get a holiday? Here's some reasons why people laugh at atheism however-You believe that somehow nothing was able to explode from nothing.-That dust particles somehow evolved into dinosaurs.-That we evolve physically. If we evolve then explain why humans haven't evolved the past 2000 yrhy are polar bears in the north not growing gills but are instead becoming extinct?What if neanderthals were just another species related to humans? Like monkeys. If we came from monkeys then why are there still monkeys? Plus the fact that those are still theories. If you prosecute religion then at least make sure atheism doesn't have any holes in it. You're putting your faith in theories and eductaed guesses. Good luck with that. If Christianity is wrong(which its not)then we just die and nothing happens. If its right however then we all go to hell. Would you risk that? Before you ask why is christianity different from other religions. Look at other religions.Jews- its not much different from christianity. Just missing some very important points.Islam- any religion that says its ok to kill for islam is wrong.Hindus- the caste system that says one person has to be an outcast just cause of where they were born is inhuman.Buddhist and taoism- barely much of religions. More ways to help with yogas and a bunch of other things so that people can pretend they are at peace.Scientology a scam made by a sci fi writer to make money I saw your book. Took me forever to find it by searching through in amazon. Must not have been a good book. Finally found it with your link. Also constantly reminding us that you wrote a book and how much it costs sounds like you're really desperate. I later found and it looked like only 3 people had even looked at the page. Did you actually read the bible? Please at least learn a LITTLE bit about the thing you're prosecuting before you prosecute. You sound like you hate religion because its farfetched. Yeah well having nothing explode and dust particles turning into dinosaurs isn't much different. Just cause a guy in a white coat says its true and uses a bunch of fancy talk when he says doesn't make it true. It's still a theory. Nothing more.

  2. You sure have a lot to say, don't you? I'll start by reminding you what advertising is. I'm not going to go too in depth, because you don't really know what you're talking about. However, you referred to science as a belief. If science is a matter of belief, then bald is a hair color. Please research the scientific method, and think before posting. I hate religion because it's farfetched? I don't hate religion. I don't hate anything, and the main reason for that is because I'm not religious and I don't have a bible or Koran telling me that hate is okay. Your refernces to scientology…well, I agree it's a scam. I don't know why you're arguing that with me. But I suggest you take a look at the tenets of your own religion and tell me how one is more crazy than the other. Nothing creating nothing? I'm afraid what you should do is a little research into what the theory of the big bang actually is, as you seem to be misunderstanding it completely, and it's not my job to educate you – that's what schools are for. "What if neanderthals were just another species related to humans?" Neanderthals WERE just another species related to humans. Please educate yourself in the theory of evolution before deciding that you doubt it. "Dust particles somehow evolved into dinosaurs." You're not big on particle physics, are you? Please educate youself in that matter as well before deciding that you doubt it. Some might call that educated, critical thinking, which you apparently lack in great quantities. In all, your narcissistic ramblings toward the end there on how your religion and beliefs are better than anyone elses have already given you away as an egotistical, self-righteous religionist, so I don't know why I'm bothering. Nobody needs facts when they have beliefs, right?

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