To celebrate National Thomas Paine Day on 8th June 1995, I have reproduced the following article, written by Philosophical Freedom campaigner Michael Roll.
Thomas Paine was wanted dead or alive in England for daring to fight against slavery and campaign for all men and women to have the vote. He even submitted a detailed plan for a welfare state. Those caught reading Paine's books were heavily fined or transported to Australia.
His pamphlet "Common Sense" was the spark that caused the American and French revolutions. However, this enemy of tyranny has been written out of our history books because 200 years ago in 1794 he published his banned masterpiece, "The Age of Reason". This challenged the beliefs, power and wealth of the Christian Church. Telling the truth was his downfall.
"The Princess Royal, President of Save the Children, delivered an Observer lecture on the rights of the child on 5th June 1991 as part of the international series to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the publication of "The Rights of Man" by Thomas Paine.
This was announced on the front page of The Observer on 9th December 1990. The Establishment forces that are ranged against the ordinary people are in a flat panic. Slowly, but surely, people are beginning to find out about the suppressed books of this great English philosopher who has been written out of our biased history books for committing the "crime" of daring to tell the truth about the Christian religion.
Great Britain is not a free country, it is a religious tyranny. The priests and their powerful allies decide exactly what we are allowed to read in the press, see on television and hear on the radio, but most of all, what our children are taught at school. The Religious Affairs Departments control everything, and the priests have the full weight of the law on their side. The 1944 Education Act; the law of blasphemous libel, and the Broadcasting Act.
During the celebrations for the bicentenary of the French Revolution we were treated to the spectacle of the British Prime Minister lecturing to the French on their television about their Revolution. Mrs Thatcher even had the audacity to say that we in England know all about the "Rights of Man" because we follow Judaeo-Christian tradition!
This quote from Arthur Findlay's banned history of mankind "The Curse of Ignorance" makes it very clear why the French rose up and freed themselves from the curse of priestcraft:-
British Christian propaganda tells us that the French Revolution was all about getting rid of the monarchy and some nasty aristocrats. Only a handful of academics know the truth and they have kept their mouths shut. The fact is the British Establishment collapses in a big heap if the masses should ever read the suppressed work of Thomas Paine, one of the most deadly enemies of tyranny the world has ever witnessed.
When Thomas Paine blew the whistle on priestcraft in his masterpiece "The Age of Reason" in France in 1793 he was already wanted dead or alive in England. The French thought so highly of this Englishman that they made him a member of their Parliament, and even presented him with the key to the Bastille.
The powerful Christians who still control the means of mass communication in Great Britain are so frightened of Thomas Paine that his name was hardly mentioned during the bicentennial coverage on British television, even though Paine was the author of "The Rights of Man", the reason for the French Revolution. On one television programme called "Crisis", another work of Paine, they managed to go through the whole programme without once mentioning his name!
A news item showed the then, President Bush of the United States (he was inaugurated by Billy Graham!) lending President Mitterand of France the key to the Bastille. Again, we were not told that it was Thomas Paine who gave the key to President Washington.
It is no longer quite so easy to kill those who dare to challenge priestcraft, but the modern method of burning heretics at the stake is to make sure free thinkers never speak in our schools, write in the press or broadcast. The only way to defend a supernatural faith is to make sure that all uncomfortable scientific facts, and the alternative philosophies are blocked from reaching the general public, especially if they are better than the one that the Christians are stuck with - "resting in peace" waiting for a saviour-god to return to earth and judge us. This is the reason why the Christians burnt the scientist Giordano Bruno at the stake in 1600 and very nearly killed Galileo.
Readers will have also noticed that nobody gets the top jobs unless they pretend to believe in Christianity. i.e. Use the Judaic-Christian ladder to get there. The definition of a Christian is a person who believes that 2000 years ago something called a holy ghost impregnated a virgin who then gave birth to the creator of the universe! Excluding the wilfully ignorant, I have never met anybody in my life who actually believes this supernatural nonsense. Therefore, all the key positions in this country are held by frauds, those who are pretending to be Christians in order to further their careers. A good example of how this tyranny works is the First Article of War. This makes it very clear that any naval officer would be very unwise, as far as career prospects are concerned, not to play the Establishment game and pretend in priestcraft.
The moguls at the BBC continually refuse too requests to repeat the outstanding documentary on the life of Thomas Paine, "The Most Valuable Englishman Ever", that crept past the religious censors on BBC2 in January 1982. We must all keep trying to get this repeated at peak viewing time on BBC1 to coincide with Thomas Paine day on June 7th 1995.
The next time somebody tells us that we are living in a free country, we will be able to tell them to pull the other leg because it has got bells on. Please feel free to photocopy this article and pass on to your contacts. The pseudo-Christians who control the press and publishing would never allow any editor to publish something that is so close to the truth. Please strike against priestcraft, the terrible cancer that has us all by the throat.
Those interested in finding out more about Thomas Paine can order "The Age of Reason" from all good bookshops; It is published by the Carol Publishing Group (Citadel Press) and it's ISBN number is 0-8065-0549-4. If you would like a copy and cannot locate it, please write to the editorial address enclosing a cheque/PO for £12.00 (inc. P&P), allowing 28 days for delivery and I will try to locate a copy for you.
I was also surprised to see that the premier UK issue of "Wired" magazine published a long article and biography of Thomas Paine.