Ed Brayton who writes for the blog "Dispatches from the Culture Wars" pointed out one of those things that makes you go, "Hmmmmm":
This 4th of July, President Bush was at Monticello and made a speech quoting Thomas Jefferson:
"May it be to the world, what I believe it will be -- to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all -- the Signal of arousing men to burst the chains, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government."
However, as Brayton points out, that's not quite the exact quote. Jefferson's true words, as written to the mayor of Washington DC, Roger Weightman shortly before Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence are as follows:
"May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government."
Gee, now why do you think Bush's speech writers would choose to omit that little anti-religious part? I guess they expected that most people wouldn't know who Thomas Jefferson was, let alone anything he may have said.
I'd love to hear some comments about this.