Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.

-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

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Why “Infidels of Every Denomination”?

We were inspired by the words of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson regarding the separation of church and state, and the protections that must be afforded to every American regardless of spiritual affiliation (or lack thereof). We took our name from his writings partly as a tribute to his life and work—and in honor of the fact that many of our founding fathers (and mothers) were considered infidels in their day.

As most of us who contribute here are some variation on Pagan, Taoist, Buddhist, or in a broad sense “universalist”, we definitely qualify as “infidels of every denomination” in the quote above!

But why “infidel”, which especially in this day and age has such deeply negative connotations?

We take on that title in defiance of a cultural trend that equates all freethinkers, progressives, agnostics/atheists, and practitioners of anything but fundamental Christianity with traitors, terrorists, and criminals.

We insist that we are loyal, patriotic Americans deserving of her rights and protections even if we are infidels in the eyes of every denomination in existence. We would rather be considered infidels than to sacrifice the core principles of our nation in deference to the intimidation tactics of an extremist religious faction, no matter how much power they may currently have in the halls of government.

We are infidels because we maintain that there are no doctrines or dogma that are immune to questions and skepticism, including our own. Blind faith is never anything more than a shackle upon humanity.

We reclaim the word “infidel” for all who are progressive, who believe that free thought is ethical, who strive to live free of the demands and expectations imposed by the ruling class, who are not afraid to question and think, who are proud of their own diversity and that of this nation, and who are not afraid to be hated for their beliefs and opinions.