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I don't see how anyone could argue that these quotes are taken out of "context." They all specifically address the question of the "living" or "changing" nature of the US Constitution. President Obama is not the first or the last to make statements like that.
All the tyrannical brouhaha coupled with the way I see the remnants of the Republican party and the Right Wing pandering to their own special interests with a 24/7 blame game ... I just don't see. My opinion.
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I wish I had time for a fulsome response to you, but, you do realize that they actually sent Jefferson OUT OF THE COUNTRY during the Constitutional Convention (to France, as Ambassador, because they knew he'd take it). Jefferson wasn't at the Convention and Virginia was represented by James Madison, aka the Father of the Constitution. Madison was a bit more grounded than Jefferson, who would have probably swayed everyone with his passion and got little done in the way of a stronger governing document (because there is NO DOUBT that until his Presidency, Jefferson was a rabid anti-federalist.)
I'll try to say more later. Good show though.
The idea that religion itself is an overwhelmingly positive factor in society is also fallacious. There are many proofs for this assertion which are off-topic here. There are many that are free of any belief in God, gods, spirits or whatever one's favorite fetish to shake is ... and are highly ethical beings. Ethics and morals arise from human society, not as dispensed from on high.