Today is the birthday of Thomas Paine, so obviously it is Freethinkers Day!
This is probably a good day to revisit the workings of Paine. We could use some Common Sense right about now! Just look at how that pamphlet ends and think about our current state of affairs.
Let the names of Whig and Tory be extinct; and let none other be heard among us, than those of A GOOD CITIZEN, AN OPEN AND RESOLUTE FRIEND, AND A VIRTUOUS SUPPORTER OF THE RIGHTS OF MANKIND AND OF THE FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES OF AMERICA.
Speaking of free thinking, just imagine how this statement from a different radical was received when it was spoken so many years ago.
21 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be ]liable to the court.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. Matthew 5 NASB
Challenge the status quo and make things better today!