The following is offered as seeds of truth … Much more is available for anyone who seeks.
Adolf Hitler wrote inMein Kampf that he learned from the Marxists the necessity of convincing people to follow him by appealing to emotions of the least intellectual of the masses.
If bumper stickers, sound bites and documentations of a dozen words or less are the chosen informational source of any who view this post… stop reading now and join the aforementioned masses. This will be much too lengthy for your consideration.
Now, for those who are still here, the purpose of the title is to solicit attention to the promulgation of a false, militant and highly successful ideological attack on one of the foundations of the United States of America.
That foundation is the permeation of our culture with the belief in a supreme Creator and reliance on aid from that source. The people who settled the land, devised the form of government and subsequently governed were profoundly influenced by that supernatural entity. The expressions of their beliefs were quite varied. Numerous Protestant Christian denominations, Catholics, Free Masons and some others proclaimed that basic tenet in public speeches and personal correspondence.
With the differences of spiritual expressions and the personal imperfections of the founders acknowledged, God was not unlike a high school football coach. “Game Time for America” had arrived, and He took the field with the available talent.
The world has never considered the establishment of the U.S.A. to have been accomplished by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims or atheists. The predominant religious influence has always been considered to be Judeo-Christian.
As early as the country’s infancy, the Barbary pirates claimed the U.S. resistance to their destructive plundering was a Christian war against Islam (some things never change).
The U.S. initially agreed to treaties (with demands for”jizya”, or actually extortion) one of which noted that the federal government was in no way a Christian theocracy such as the Moslem countries had been Islamic theocracies for a thousand years.
Be that as it may, the founders and people of the country were well aware of the dangers if one sect (Catholic, Quaker, Puritan, Baptist, etc.) should be established by federal law as the national religion. The assurance of preventing that and only that occurrence is concisely expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Today, those who would silence spiritual expression and remove the knowledge of its influence in making the U.S. the most powerful, prosperous and benevolent country in the history of the world are indeed promulgating lies from the pit of hell.
Their philosophy is exemplified by claims such as, but not limited to:
“The founders of the U.S.intended a purely secular nation”
“Anyone who publicly expresses religious beliefs represents a radical fringe group”
“Politicians and public employees alluding to the supremacy of a supernatural and superintending entity are in violation of Constitutional intent”
“The settlers of the country were not particularly religious”
“Religious services performed in government venues violate the principle of the wall of separation of church and state”
The proponents of this attack have attained much success through employing the courts in twisting of words and squeezing of meanings against which Thomas Jefferson had warned. Jefferson repeatedly cited a transcendent and superintending Creator and the precepts of Jesus (but apparently not His divinity). His great quarrels concerned the historical records of evils perpetrated by many of the leaders of organized religion. That contention was not dissimilar to Jesus vs. the Pharisees.
The most prominent case of obfuscation of truth and omission of pertinent facts is found in Jefferson’s written expression, “wall of separation between church and state”. This weapon of deception has been so effective that many Americans believe it to be contained in the Constitution.
A thorough examination of records will indicate exactly the opposite meaning we are expected to accept today. The full truth includes the fact that areas of New England had been ruled as quasi Puritan theocracies for well over 100 years. This remained the case for some time after the U.S. Constitution had been ratified.
Thus, when the Baptist Association of Danbury, Conn. found themselves legislatively oppressed by the Puritan majority …. they sought Jefferson’s respected opinion that it might influence those in Connecticut who made the laws.
That request was made in this fashion (emphases added):
“Sir, we are sensible that the President of the United states, is not the national legislator, and also sensible that the national government cannot destroy the Laws of each State; but our hopes are strong that the sentiments of our beloved President, which have had such genial effect already, like the radiant beams of the Sun, will shine and prevail through all the States …”
We must emphasize that the Baptists did not plea for enforcement of the 1st Amendment through the President, the Attorney General or the Supreme Court because everyone in the US understood that the amendment applied (as the language clearly states) only to laws passed by Congress … not to the states … nor groups of individuals … nor to any single individual.
Indeed, Jefferson concurred in their desire to choose their expression of worship, free from that legislative oppression, but the Constitution had erected a “wall” that precluded federal involvement on either side of the legislative decision. It was some 150 years later that a Supreme Court opinion cited the “wall of separation”… and even then there was no mention that the expression came from an exchange of letters, not from the Constitution.
For further clarification of Jefferson’s opinion that any federal involvement in any religious expression of any person would be unconstitutional, we note his second inaugural address:
“In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the constitution independent of the powers of the general government. I have therefore undertaken, on no occasion, to prescribe the religious exercises suited to it; but have left them, as the constitution found them, under the direction and discipline of state or church authorities acknowledged by the several religious societies.”
Just to inform anyone who might wonder, the people of Connecticut, not federal intervention, addressed and mollified the situation through their state legislature a decade or so later.
Pressing along, to refute the enemies who attack the history of a spiritual influence in our country’s founding, some facts are so patently obvious that a creative person could present those facts in the form of rhetorical questions.
For starters, religious services were conducted in federal buildings until sometime following the War for Southern Independence. If such practices violated the Constitution, the Congress and Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and all those through Lincoln were oblivious of that threat.
Next, a supernatural entity is noted four times in the Declaration of Independence, and similar acknowledgements are contained in founding documents of all fifty states.
Further, scattered (like the salt that preserves meat) throughout the settlement of this country, there seems to have been no objection when towns were given names such as Providence,Trinity, Bible Grove, Faith, Galilee, Calvary, Zebulon, Bethlehem, Nazareth, St. Louis, St. Mary’s, St. Paul, San Francisco, San Antonio, Los Angeles and Mt.Zion.
Today, any group seeking approval of similar names would be pressed into litigation by some offended organization or individual who may not even reside in the area.
The success of this revisionism has been bolstered by the complicity of those in education who are among their ranks. A stark example of documentary evidence of this charge of insidious subterfuge is found in a recent textbook quoting Benjamin Franklin as he spoke at a point where disagreements were threatening dissolution of the Constitutional Convention. Franklin’s speech, with emphasis added to indicate the authors’ choice of the portion deemed most important in the education of our young people:
The small progress we have made after 4 or 5 weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other-our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing almost as many noes as ayes, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and have examined the different forms of those Republics which have been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but have found none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this Assembly, grouping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- ‘that God governs in the affairs of men’. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that, without His concerning aid, we will succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter, from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war or conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move – that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, to be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service.”
It is notable and instructive that such a narrow portion of the speech was presented to students as the accentuation of the discourse.
For the sake of those who wish to finish this in one sitting, the remaining offerings are only a limited selection and are significantly abbreviated.
(George Washington, 1st President, first inaugural address) “…it would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplication to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe… .”, “…No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States.”
(John Adams, 2nd President, calling for a national day of prayer) “…implore His pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer…and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed and able to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions…”.
(Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President, Inaugural address) “…I shall need, too, that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old … who has covered our infancy with His Providence…”
(Jefferson, in a letter to John Sparks) “I hold the precepts of Jesus as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have ever been preached to man…”
(James Madison, 4th President, Inaugural Address) “We all have been encouraged to feel…the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being, Whose power regulates the destiny of nations”.
(Justice Josiah Brewer, rendering Supreme Court decision, Church of the Holy Trinity v. U.S., 1892) “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise…”
(Justice William O. Douglas, delivering Supreme Court decision, Zorach v. Clauson, 1952) “We are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being……to find in the Constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups…would be preferring those who believe in no religion to those who do believe…We cannot read into the Bill of Rights such a philosophy of hostility to religion.”
In conclusion (almost), the aggregate of the threats to the survival of our country is exacerbated by the increasing number of those who live in the perpetuity of the moment and are unwilling to invest any time in personal and open minded inquiry regarding those threats.
Two more quotations:
(Thomas Paine) “… a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”
(Thomas Jefferson) “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” (Compare Adolf Hitler above)