For the fifth time in the last couple years, I’ve caught Bradlee Dean using a fake quotation in his latest Worldnetdaily column. Ironically, it’s in a column entitled “Religion of Ignorance.” His latest fake quote is from Ben Franklin and it goes like this:
“A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the RIGHTS which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Franklin didn’t say that, Henry Steuber did, and he was speaking about the importance of public libraries. This is hardly the first time he’s used a fake quote in one of his inane columns. In Sept. 2011, he used this fake quote from George Washington:
It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible.
A year later he used another fake Washington quote:
“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”
And another one in the same column:
“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
And then one from John Adams:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people (under the umbrella of Christianity). It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The part in parentheses was rectally derived. And then a fake quote from Josef Stalin. I suspect that Dean is ignorant in both the mundane and virulent senses of that word. He knows little and cares even less about what he doesn’t know.