Religion of Ignorance Again

In my posting of August 23, 2015, I mentioned this quote:

“This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. 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. ”

I wrote then that I emailed the American History Channel, who had in published on their site. I’ve never heard back from them, but noticed today that the source link in my 2015 posting now forwards to the Franklin quotes page on that same site, with a slightly different URL. The quote in question, this religion of ignorance statement, no longer appears there as a Franklin quote.

I’m looking at this quote again, as it has been appearing elsewhere. Feedback is welcome: my contact information is on the About Us page.


  • December 13, 2018 post: mis-quote found at the National Archives, original source identified.