Was Thomas Paine the Founding Father of Secular Humanism in America?

This is an excerpt from Chapter Five of Antidisestablishmentarianism. Benjamin Franklin might have remained his friend, yet he said concerning the publication of works like The Age of Reason, “I have read your manuscript with some attention. By the argument it contains against a particular Providence, though you allow a general Providence, you strike at the foundation …

Viral Video by Jefferson Bethke: “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus.”

Jefferson Bethke, from his Facebook page Jefferson Bethke of Tacoma, WA posted a Youtube video on 1/10/2012 which has 10,886,714 views as of 1/15/2012 which is entitled "Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus." Because of some of the more outlandish comments people posted, he posted this on his facebook page on Friday 1/13/2012 "If …