Atheists’ billboard quote isn’t Jefferson’s
Oct. 26, 2011
By JON CASSIDY / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
COSTA MESA – A group of atheists called Backyard Skeptics is planning to unveil a billboard at 1545 Newport Blvd., Wednesday afternoon with a quote from Thomas Jefferson bashing Christianity.
The quote reads, “I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature. It is founded on fables and mythology.”
There’s one problem: There’s no evidence Jefferson ever said it. The Jefferson Library Collection at Monticello lists it on a page of spurious Jefferson quotes. . . .
On a page about spurious quotes attributed to Thomas Jefferson, the Jefferson Library writes . . . “One presumes that Jefferson did, in fact, find some redeeming features in Christianity, otherwise he would not have taken the time to paste together his own versions of the Bible.” . . .