Bob Johnson is a freelance writer in the Tampa area of Florida. He was raised Roman Catholic, but after a stint in Marine Corps Infantry and reading Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason he became a Deist.

In 1993 he founded the World Union of Deists, and in 1996 he launched the first website devoted to Deism. He is the author of God Gave Us Reason, Not Religion, Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You and An Answer to C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity. He has also written the introduction to Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition and Principles of Nature by Elihu Palmer.


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Ted Cruz Lied About Judeo-Christian Values and America

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After winning the Iowa Republican caucus Monday night Ted Cruz said that America was “built on Judeo-Christian values.”

What are Judeo-Christian values? Doing a Google search I did not find any precise set of Judeo-Christian values. The term “Judeo-Christian” is a relatively new term which gained popularity in the US in the 1950s as a way to combat anti-Jewish beliefs. However, I did find this article by a Christian clergyman, Richard Lee. He lists seven values he claims are Judeo-Christian.

The first one is the dignity of human life. He cites the commandment from the Ten Commandments, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). Lee got this one wrong as it actually states, “Thou shalt not kill.” There is a big difference between killing and murder. There is much debate over the meaning and the translation from Hebrew to English. This is another example of why The Supreme Intelligence/God would not use a human language to communicate with people. As Thomas Paine pointed out in The Age of Reason, the only possible word of God is the Universe/Creation itself.

Lee also cites Matthew 22:39 which says that Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Lee did not mention how Leviticus 27:1-7 can possibly promote the dignity of human life. In these ungodly verses from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament God allegedly put a financial value of worth on people. For example, he valued men who are between the ages of twenty years old to sixty years old to be worth 50 shekels. Women in the same age group are worth only 30 shekels. Baby boys and little boys between the ages of one month to five years of age are valued at five shekels and baby girls and little girls of the same age range are valued at three shekels each. Babies younger than one month and unborn babies are not valued at all. It’s important to remember that in spite of quotes attributed to Jesus that sound humane and kind, Jesus was a Jew (IF he really did exist even as a mere mortal) who believed the cruel and ungodly Hebrew Bible/Old Testament was the word of God and that it will be in effect until “heaven and earth pass” (Matthew 5:17-18). This completely negates any humane statements attributed to Jesus. So much for human dignity as a Judeo-Christian value.

The next Judeo-Christian value Lee lists is “The Traditional Family.” He uses Genesis 2:21-24 to back this up. This is the foolish and ludicrous Bible story of God putting Adam into a very deep sleep and then removing one of Adam’s ribs, which he allegedly made the first woman out of. Verse 24 in this nonsensical Bible myth states, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Of course, this is used by the religious right to attack gay people and to deny gay people their right to marry. But perhaps it also gives a strong argument to gay men when they’re confronted with Bible believing opposition to gay marriage. They should tell the Bible believers that if they can get their Bible god to make a woman for them as the Bible claims happened for Adam, they will marry her! (Based on a promise attributed to Jesus, this can happen. John 14:12-14 says that Jesus promised that those who believe in him can get whatever they ask for in prayer.)

The third Judeo-Christian value Lee lists is “A national work ethic.” He quotes 2 Thessalonians 3:10 to support this. This quote states, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” This is in direct contradiction to Deuteronomy 6:10-11 which says that God told the Hebrews/Jews:

And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;

Talk about an attitude of getting something for nothing! This would be a horrific “national work ethic.”

Lee lists as a fourth Judeo-Christian value “the right to a God-centered education.” He uses Deuteronomy 6:7 for support of this claim. Deuteronomy 6:7 is for Hebrews/Jews and not for Gentiles. It reads, “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” In verses three and four it is directly addressed to Israel and has nothing at all to do with anyone but the Hebrews/Jews.

Under this fourth Judeo-Christian value Lee also quotes Proverbs 1:7 which claims, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:” This progress stopping teaching is the exact opposite of the ancient Greek and Roman philosophers who taught that wonder is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. It truly is a battle between Jerusalem/superstition and Athens/wisdom.

In Lee’s fifth Judeo-Christian value he uses “the Abrahamic covenant.” This is the Bible myth found at Genesis 12:1-4 that God made a deal with Abram, aka Abraham, that if he obeyed God and lived in fear of God that God would bless Abraham and bless those who blessed Abraham and would curse those who cursed Abraham. (Zionist Christians like John Hagee and Pat Robertson often use this Bible line to encourage Christians to support the Jewish state of Israel at America and the world’s expense.) God also allegedly promises Abram/Abraham at Genesis 15:5 that the generations of Abraham’s offspring would out number the stars in the Universe. This is pure foolishness.

Lee writes, “The Abrahamic Covenant states that if a person or a nation obeys God, observing the moral truths found in the Bible, that person or nation will be blessed.” He is wrong. The Abrahamic covenant is for the Hebrews/Jews and Israel, and not for any Gentile people or nations. In fact, the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament makes very clear on numerous occasions that Hebrews/Jews are chosen by God “above all people that are upon the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6) and that any Gentile nation that will not serve the Jewish state of Israel “shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted” (Isaiah 60:12). There are many other calls for Jewish superiority over Gentile people in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.

Lee’s sixth alleged Judeo-Christian value is common decency. He uses Matthew 22:39 which states, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” This is a great teaching. HOWEVER, as mentioned above, Jesus’ belief that the ungodly cruel Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is the word of God and that it will be in effect until heaven and earth pass, coupled with Jesus attacking the Jews who would not follow the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament command to kill their children who have cursed them (Matthew 15:1-6) makes this positive quote being attributed to Jesus null and void as a Judeo-Christian value.

For Lee’s last Judeo-Christian value he uses “our personal accountability to God.” He writes, “Perhaps the greatest restraint for acts of evil against one’s fellow man is the realization that every person and every nation of people will one day give an account for their actions to Almighty God.” This brings to light the rotted heart of Christianity: fear and selfishness. Why not kill, steal and rape? Because if you do you won’t get a reward of eternal bliss in heaven and you will be punished by burning in hell for eternity. Like most Christian clergy, Lee completely ignores the Christian doctrine that is very popular among a very large segment of Christians: that of being washed in the blood of Jesus. This doctrine claims that if a child molesting mass murderer who caused untold suffering for many, many innocent children and people accepts the Christian belief that Jesus is the son of God and died for their sins, they will go to heaven for eternity, and that good people like Albert Einstein, who did not accept this foolish Christian claim, will burn in hell for eternity. (In fact, Einstein wrote, “I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own – a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. It is enough for me to contemplate the mystery of conscious life perpetuating itself through all eternity, to reflect upon the marvelous structure of the universe which we can dimly perceive and to try humbly to comprehend even an infinitesimal part of the intelligence manifested in Nature.”)

Thomas Paine wrote a statement in The Age of Reason that sums up well the benefit of Deism over Christianity. Paine wrote, “Were man impressed as fully and as strongly as he ought to be with the belief of a God, his moral life would be regulated by the force of that belief; he would stand in awe of God and of himself, and would not do the thing that could not be concealed from either. To give this belief the full opportunity of force, it is necessary that it acts alone. This is Deism. But when, according to the Christian Trinitarian scheme, one part of God is represented by a dying man, and another part called the Holy Ghost, by a flying pigeon, it is impossible that belief can attach itself to such wild conceits.”

In The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition Paine did a great job of showing why fearing God and what God will do with us when we die is nonsense. He wrote, “I consider myself in the hands of my Creator, and that He will dispose of me after this life consistently with His justice and goodness. I leave all these matters to Him, as my Creator and friend, and I hold it to be presumption in man to make an article of faith as to what the Creator will do with us hereafter.”

The Christian teaching that Lee used to control people by fear robs individuals of the opportunity to do good simply because it’s the right thing to do and it robs people of loving The Supreme Intelligence/God unconditionally. This Christian dogma has no place in Deism.

Thankfully the founders of the American Republic were much more influenced by the European Enlightenment and its quest for knowledge and wisdom than they were the Bible or anything to do with Judaism or Christianity. This is reflected in the fact that nowhere in the US Constitution is Judaism, Christianity, Moses, Jesus or the Bible mentioned. And in the Declaration of Independence God is only mentioned in Deistic terms such as “Nature’s God”, etc. Add to these facts the fact that in the Treaty of Tripoli, which was started during the administration of George Washington and ratified during the administration of John Adams, it plainly and unambiguously states, “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion . . .”

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12 Responses to "Ted Cruz Lied About Judeo-Christian Values and America"

  1. Bob Johnson  February 4, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Regarding Thomas Jefferson, he definitely was not an Atheist nor an Agnostic but was a Deist. http://deism.com/jeffersonversusrobertson.htm He was not as outspoken about Deism as his friend Thomas Paine was. This was probably due to Jefferson being involved in politics and Paine was not.

    Some Deists believe Jesus really did exist as a mere mortal man and some Deists believe Jesus is just a mythological character. Jefferson believed Jesus existed as a mere mortal and that Jesus was a Deist.

    Progress! Bob Johnson

  2. Edward Longshanks  February 4, 2016 at 8:14 am

    The old testament was established during the Babylonian captivity to keep the jewish identity. (Before that the jews could not read and write.)
    This intention and the way to keep it, causes racism. It is this spirit we talk about here so often. Everybody who adopts this spirit, as the Kharzars did it very carefully, will become mentally ill. Karl Marx said, the Europeans can do, what they want, they are infected by the jewish virus. Christians are totally infected by their ignorance of any natural law. (The Edda tells us a similar story: The asen were deceived by the gold).
    Hitler discerned this assumption. He tried the political path to use an external enemy to fight an internal enemy in ourselves. He failed.

  3. jonnbrown  February 3, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Bob, I have to agree with your opening topic of the term “Judeo-Christian.” This is an oxymoron – with emphasis on moron. But how many times must you hear that Jesus was not a Jew in the modern sense of the word – at all? He was of the tribe of Judah – of which the people in this day and age called “Jews” have also little to no relationship with. Perhaps a tiny percentage of them have some remnant of dna from the original.

    I do think I understand why you keep disparaging scripture because how could it be anything but filth if written by Edomite / Khazar Jews. But that’s my whole point: They had nothing to do with it except to retroactively and falsely claim that they did – as cover. Whereas the scripture is a collective consciousness, enscribed by men who were not interested in “lording” over or controlling people. Rather – they endeavored to inscribe and publish the information so that future generations would remember to lord over themselves.

    These were a people whose pineal glands were not calcified by the scourge of fluoridated water supplies – which happens to be an aggressive program of the people you imagine wrote the scripture. “They,” the satanist bunch, make sure to never partake in fluoride so their collective consciousness can create chaos, havoc, and murder unhindered by the stupored masses – until those of the masses who have refused fluoride (and other poisons) begin to raise their voice.

    • jonnbrown  February 3, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      It is a fact that the Law as found in the first five books of the Bible, especially centered on the Ten Commandments, is the basis for the Common Law – or at least the two have a common ancestor prior to any printed inscription. And the Canaanite tribes. of whom this “scripture-writing-collective-consciousness” decreed must be destroyed (Deuteronomy 7) are the very ancestors of the people you think concocted the Bible, but are indeed destroyers of civilization. Revelation 2:9; 3:9.

      Last, you just flat-out misinterpret the context of Leviticus 27 which concerns making vows, not reducing human value to coins. That’s because as a militant deist, nothing else is needed except whatever you have reasoned, to the point of being unreasonable to your own hurt.

  4. Dan  February 3, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    This Dr. Richard Lee is to Christianity as a Talmudic rabbi is to the Torah, who turn Scripture on its head to further an inimical ideology. Bob Johnson would have found out with a few minutes research that this Lee, who wears a ton of make-up and looks to me like a sociopathic con artist, runs an entertainment business-as-church in Atlanta, complete with rock concerts–light shows and all–; giant-screen backdrops enhancing the cult of celebrity instead of Christ; and that looks like something you’d find on the strip in Vegas. He knows his rubes and is making a bundle, from what I can gather, off his American Patriot’s Bible, which the negative reviewers on Amazon say amounts to a blasphemous misinterpreting of the word of God to further Lee’s GOP political agenda. And, of course, putting the Talmudic Judaism in that “Judeo” –there is no other kind of any consequence today–ahead of Christianity in Judeo-Christianity is what Judaized, evangelical Protestantism in America is mostly about these days.

  5. Beydety  February 3, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    ” Judeo-Christian” = The oxymoron of modern religion.

  6. davor  February 3, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    well, guys like Cruz lie and propagandize for a living, there is no surprise there really. The problem is that there are many porkies ex-cathedra and altar boys out there that through sermon endorse characters like Cruz, namely US cardinals, preachers, rabbis etc. They are the ones that preach about holy wars and (re)taking holy land(s) much alike those that preach holy wars to some troublesome Afghani and Iraqi mosques. These preachers are the salt of the (USA) earth (or should be) and the salt is said to preserve from corruption. But if the salt loses its flavour?

  7. ksp  February 3, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    From Vaughn Klingenberg: ” in December, often right near Christmas. While Christians the world over are celebrating forgiveness and the universal, international brotherhood of man at Christmastime, Jews instead are celebrating the slaughter of assimilated Jews by Orthodox Jews (led by the Maccabeus brothers) at Hanukkah. We could not have more contradictory celebrations in December: Christians celebrating universal brotherhood, Jews celebrating parochial and homicidal Orthodox Jewish racial, ethnic, and religious purity—ethnic “cleansing” of their own people by their own people!!! As Christ taught, we should all learn to love our enemies and practice love and forgiveness. Jews, on the other hand, in the words of the apostate Jew, Baruch Spinoza, worship “a God of hate.”[5] Venality and brutality are praised and genocide is celebrated as an appropriate punishment for any non-Jewish tribe that either dares to stand up to the Jews or is simply on land that the Jews want .
    I would say the term ” judeo christian ” might be an oxymoron.

  8. wjabbe  February 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I believe that before anyone can declare himself or herself a candidate for president or any other elected office, they must be compelled to resign any other elected or appointed employment with the United States government. It is a total conflict of interest and impossible task to do the job a a Senator or Representative or any other government employment while running for another office. No on can serve two masters. This is the problem with Congress and the President making laws. They make them in their favor. They do as they please; no rules just right for their personal selfish interest. This is a basic failure of our country.

  9. Aziz Khalfan  February 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    “In early July 2003 I received a call from David Dill, a computer science professor at Stanford
    University. Dill informed me that the source code to an electronic voting machine produced
    by Diebold Election Systems, one of the top vendors, had leaked onto the Internet, and that
    perhaps it would be worth examining it for security vulnerabilities. This was a rare
    opportunity, because voting system manufacturers have been very tight with their
    proprietary code.

    What we found was startling: Security and coding flaws were so prevalent that an attack might
    be delayed because the attacker might get stuck trying to choose from all the different
    vulnerabilities to exploit without knowing where to turn first. (Such delay tactics are not
    recommended as a security strategy.) There were large, complex chunks of code with no comments.

    There was a single static key hard wired into the code for encrypting vote tallies. Insecure
    pseudorandom number generators and non-cryptographic checksums were used. And inspection of
    the CVS logs revealed an arbitrary, seemingly ad hoc source code management process.
    And then there were the serious flaws.

    Was the Diebold voting machine example an isolated incident of poor quality control? I don’t
    think so.”

    Exploiting Software How to Break code.
    By Greg Hoglund, Gary McGraw

  10. Edward Longshanks  February 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Jesus was a conservative rabbi and fought against the collaborators among the rabbies. He was a terrorist, some Bin Laden against the Roman Empire. Thousend’s of hebrews were crucified, as it was common in all Roman provincies.
    Crucifixion was the punishment for criminals and rebels.
    The Romans did not really cared about his membership in this or that rugby-club.
    The christianity-story was never intended by Christ himself.
    Paulus was the perfect sales-man, the fore-runner of useless advertising in every tv-show. The main lie is, that Christ died for us. The problem with these religions is, that nobody of these believers ever read their own holy book. If do you read Lawrence of Arabia or Reinhold Messner about their experiences in the desert you immediatly understand what happend, they suffered heavily by sunstrokes.
    The US has no grown identity. The constitution is the only binding element. As i know, Jefferson was the main writer. Jefferson was an atheist.

  11. Altimometer  February 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Teddy boy might have his private beliefs but he has to pay homage to his masters,for this he needs a good pair of knee pads.

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