- "The Theophilanthropists(friends of God and Man) do not call themselves the disciples of such or such a man. They avail themselves of the wise precepts that have been transmitted by writers of all countries and in all ages." Thomas Paine
There were many powerful people who criticized President Thomas Jefferson for receiving Paine, but that mattered not to Jefferson, who did not forget the weight of the words Tom had written when all seemed hopeless. When Paine returned to his home in Bordentown, New Jersey, he was denounced by all of the ministers in the region as an anti-Christ in league with the devil.
He continued to write letters to newspapers whenever the misdeeds of some government officials required his awakening the sleeping citizenry. Many of his proposals were centuries ahead of his time. He denounced slavery as man's wickedest invention. Because it was "common sense," he fought early for equal rights for women.
Thomas Paine, in 1802, argued that elderly citizens should be given money on which to live when they could no longer work. He called it a Senior Security.
He believed it should be a crime to be cruel to animals.
And in an opinion that we would have done well to start working on, way back then, he suggested that divorce should be a rational procedure, with no prejudice to husband or wife.
He spent his final days alone, shunned, hated by most Americans for daring to dislike the Father of Their Country, and for having a different religious philosophy than their own. Thomas Paine dedicated his life to the birth of a nation where men were free to speak their minds, only to be dismissed by that nation when he expressed his beliefs in areas in which the young nation disagreed.
In the last years of his life, Tom existed in very humble surroundings. An unfair fate, when you realize that his pamphlets, "Common Sense" and "The American Crisis", sold more copies than any other writings in America. He was not cheated from the considerable revenue from his writings. He simply gave all of his profits to the American Revolutionary Army.