Since Monday is Presidents Day (please note that there is no apostrophe anywhere in the holiday’s name), here’s a little quiz on prezzes and their ideas about religion. You can find the answers by looking at the first comment to this post.
1. Who said:
I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.
A. Grover Cleveland
B. Franklin Pierce
C. William Howard Taft
D. Rutherford B. Hayes
2. Which two presidents are quoted here?
[O]f course like every other man of intelligence and education I do believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions should be raised.
Well, it’s a theory, it is a scientific theory only, and it has in recent years been challenged in the world of science and is not yet believed in the scientific community to be as infallible as it once was believed. But if it was going to be taught in the schools, then I think that also the biblical theory of creation, which is not a theory, but the biblical story of creation, should also be taught.
A. Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush
B. Woodrow Wilson and Ronald Reagan
C. John F. Kennedy and George H. W. Bush
D. Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter
3. George W. Bush said:
I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state.
Two of our previous leaders, however, knew the difference between a bridge and a wall. Which presidents said:
Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church and the private school supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.
Whatever one's religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts -- including the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state.
A. Ulysses S. Grant and John F. Kennedy
B. William McKinley and Bill Clinton
C. Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt
D. James Garfield and Calvin Coolidge
4. Which presidents could have had the following debate?
We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.
The Christian god is a three-headed monster; cruel, vengeful, and capricious ... One only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.
A. George W. Bush and James Madison
B. Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson
C. George H. W. Bush and Abraham Lincoln
D. Ronald Reagan and John Adams
5. Who said:
I have seldom met an intelligent person whose views were not narrowed and distorted by religion.
A. James Buchanan
B. Franklin Pierce
C. Herbert Hoover
D. Martin Van Buren
6. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and The American Crisis were arguably the most important writings of the Revolutionary War period. Yet, two presidents disagreed about his heritage. Which presidents said:
[He] needs no monument made with hands; he has erected a monument in the hearts of all lovers of liberty.
... that filthy little atheist
A. Thomas Jefferson and Richard Nixon
B. James Monroe and Ronald Reagan
C. James Madison and Harry Truman
D. Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt
7. What president said the following, and what was the occasion?
In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future.
A. George W. Bush on the funding of faith-based initiatives
B. Abraham Lincoln on the words “In God We Trust” being engraved on coins
C. James K. Polk on the spread of Protestantism as a result of our “manifest destiny”
D. Dwight D. Eisenhower on “Under God” being added to the Pledge of Allegiance
8. Who said:
I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.
A. George W. Bush
B. Franklin D. Roosevelt
C. George H. W. Bush
D. Theodore Roosevelt
9. Which president wrote:
My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.
A. Abraham Lincoln
B. George Washington
C. Thomas Jefferson
D. Ulysses S. Grant
10. Which president's attitude about religion is expressed by:
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect.
A. John Quincy Adams
B. James Monroe
C. Warren G. Harding
D. James Madison
For these and many other great quotes, I highly recommend that you read 2000 Years of Disbelief by James A. Haught and The Quotable Atheist by Jack Huberman — or simply visit Positive Atheism.