Trying to correct the record a bit. That House quote has earlier origins. Ethan Allen "...if ordinary human beings were assumed to be perfectly capable of thinking of reasoning for themselves, the clergy would be out of work."
Trying to get the word out as it was a founding father that really said this. I'm reading Freethinkers by Susan Jacoby and found it there.
Apologies there Doug yes we are ahead of you here in the south at half way through Monday. Nothing more English (slang that is) than that mate or cobber or friend it's all good or rosey or she's apples. Wouldn't be dead for quids