Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


May 7, 2013

In Your View



Many founding fathers deists

The Chinese have a curse. They say: “May you live in interesting times.” We do.

There are now seemingly endless choices, none of them taken as better than another.

That a “Day of Prayer” was celebrated in Ashland made the front page of The Independent (May 3) is fine. People who are like-minded doubtless were there, by the score.

The absent were not interested. Had those who celebrated the day of prayer been given the power, they would restore (their) prayers in the public schools. Any prayer has been declared to be unconstitutional. That’s over. Get used to it. Protestant hegemony vanished when the prayers ceased. It isn’t coming back. The courts won’t let it. 

Revolutionary War writer Thomas Paine, author of “Common Sense,” was likely an atheist. Many (if not most) of the others were deists. They believed God is analogous to a watch-maker who made a watch, wound it up, then went away and left it.    

Once, a pious woman called on Mr. Paine. When he opened the door, she said: “Mr. Paine, the Lord has sent me to tell you that if you don’t accept our Lord Jesus Christ, you are going straight to hell!”

“Pshaw!” Paine answered, as he closed the door in her face. “The Lord wouldn’t send an ugly, silly old woman like you.”  

Think about it.

Andrew L.J. James, Grayson

School collecting items for animals

Oakview Elementary School students are involved in the 14th annual collection project for National Pet Month.

Students are collecting the following items for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at our local animal shelters through May 30: old towels, sheets, blankets, shampoo and brushes, dry food, toys, rawhide chews and treats and anything else an animals could use, new or old.

Donations may be dropped off at the school at 3111 Blackburn Ave., Ashland; (606) 327-2733.                                                                                  

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Leigh Ann Baker, primary teacher, Oakview Elementary

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