Opinions among skeptics about the historicity of Jesus range from a verdict of totally fictitious to a suspicion that the gospels may be based to some degree on historical reality. How much of the story is true and how much is based on legendary amplification, doctrinal distortion, and evangelical embellishment has perplexed anyone who examines the matter beyond an idiot-fundamentalist's level of total mindless acceptance. A more malleable tool in the implementation of the Republican Conservatives’ machination could not have been found than if George Bush jumped in the mud and molded man of clay himself just as God did.
"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology."
"Ignorance is preferable to error and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong."
"In every country and every age the priest had been hostile to Liberty."
"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God."
"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever."
"He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors."