It was on this date, January 10, 1776, that an anonymous pamphlet called “Common Sense” was published in the American colonies, authored by English-born citizen Thomas Paine. It became so popular that Paine himself was often called “Common Sense.” In effect, Thomas Paine, a Deist who denied the divinity but not the morality of Jesus, made a declaration of independence before Jefferson ever put those words on paper.
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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.
"I'm an atheist, and that's it," said Hepburn. "Our Constitution was not intended to be used by ... any group to foist its personal religious beliefs on the rest of us."