Essential Paine

“Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man”
-Thomas Paine

We can have a loving God, or a cruel one. The true values of God are reflected in the actions of those whom profess belief.

“Ignorance is of a peculiar nature; once dispelled, it is impossible to re-establish it. It is not originally a thing of itself, but is only the absence of knowledge; and though man may be kept ignorant, he cannot be made ignorant.”
-Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

To be ignorant is not bliss, to remain ignorant is not virtue. To be kept ignorant is cruel.