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I agree with Jared that Thomas Edison contributed an awful lot to our society, even though his inclusion as a topic strays a bit from the usual
topics of politics and religion.
I wouldn't say that I'm a Biblical scholar, and I absolutely am not a believer in interpreting the Bible literally (as does 30% of our population) but the first thing I thought of when I read the title was John 8:12.
Thomas Edison DOES tie in to our normal set of topics, though, in a couple of ways.
1) When it comes to religion, he wold be classified as a "free thinker", a title that would NEVER be applied to a lot of voters in the Red States, but he wasn't an atheist. Here's his opinion on a "higher being":
I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists - proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.
2) Nonviolence was key to Edison's moral views, which would make him more like a Democrat than a Republican.
Some of the other notes in his bio make for interesting reading: