America's Christian Roots
America's True Roots
The English Philosopher Francis Bacon said “Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out”. This phrase aptly applied to the 2010 Delaware senatorial debate between Chris Coons and Christine O’Donnell. During the debate O’Donnell asked “where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” An audience of mostly Law students and professors broke out in wild laughter, thinking the question absurd. As it turns out, O’Donnell was correct, the phrase “separation of church and state” appears nowhere in the Constitution.
The audience was ironically composed of some of America’s supposed best and brightest legal minds. Thomas Sowell referred to these law students as, “our future elites in waiting”! Their response may have you question if they knew what’s in our Constitution and bill of rights? And if they did know, why were they so dogmatic in their opinions about the meaning of the First Amendment?
A recent poll indicates that most American’s believe that America was founded a Christian nation, yet our colleges teach the opposite and ridicule anyone who dares declare this! If a senatorial candidate is mocked for this belief, can you image what their opinions are of the majority of American’s? Our tax dollars are funding these schools who teach our children to despise what most of us believe and revere.
It’s difficult to understand why the left believes that America was founded a secular nation when US presidents George Washington to George Bush have affirmed the opposite- that America was founded and is a Christian nation! Barack Obama was that first US president to publicly deny this! Furthermore, the Supreme Court in 1892 and 1952 declared America a Christian nation.
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The wall of Separation of church and state erected by Thomas Jefferson bears little resemblance to the wall erected in 1947 by the Supreme Court. Jeffersons wall, created only an institutional separation at the federal level, whereas the courts have
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Contrary to what Americans think today, the phrase separation of church and state has not always meant the public expression of religion is unconstitutional.
America's Early History
The first settlers came to America to bring the gospel to distant shores and to set up a model Christian community. The Mayflower compact clearly stated the pilgrim’s mission: “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith”. The Pilgrim’s had settled in Holland, the most religiously tolerant nation in Europe. If the Pilgrims merely wanted religious freedom they would have remained there- no, they had a mission to advance the kingdom of God! The succeeding charters for Massachusetts, New Haven, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina all contained similar language to that of Mayflower Compact. 106 of 108 of our first universities were Christian, set up primarily for training young men in the ministry.
The Founding Fathers understood that Christ was the foundation of the American nation and that Christianity had to have the encouragement of the state. George Washington made this clear in his 1797 farewell address: “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle…Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, concurs with Washington: “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers”.
Thomas Paine, whose Christian beliefs are called into question perhaps more than any founder, told a group of intellectuals in France that science and philosophy must be taught in reference to the God who created them. He went on to say that teaching academics without a reference to God is dangerous in that students would have knowledge without morals or without a soul. This philosophy is hardly in line with our schools today! Today’s liberal media would no doubt be all over this! The ACLU would have filed suit if one of our politicians said this at one of our public schools!
Fisher Ames, author of the First Amendment, in 1801 expressed his concern that textbooks might replace the Holy Scriptures as the primary text in public schools. He clearly saw no contradiction with this and the First Amendments Establishment Clause.
Thomas Jefferson, whom revisionists love to quote, no doubt have difficulty with many of his words and actions as president. Jefferson regularly attended church services as president at the capitol building with government paid chaplains. He also arranged for similar services to be conducted at the War Office and Treasury Building of the executive branch. He use federal funds to aid Christian schools and promote Christianity among the Indians. Oh please, did he forget the separation of church and state? There is no record of anyone questioning his actions!
The First Amendment was intended to promote religious liberty not to remove religions impact to our government and society. The Establishment Clause was to prevent a federally sponsored denomination as was the case in England. Religious affairs were to be decided by the people and their respective state and local governments.
Revisionists will point to the absent or vague references to God in the Constitution as evidence to its secularist intent, when in reality the founders wanted to prevent sect specific language to avoid denominational strive. The language of the Constitution itself is incompatible withDeism, or any other faith besides Christianity. Inalienable rights apply more specifically to Christian faith than any other source. The Deists, Greeks and Romans had no such beliefs. The Constitution referred to God as the creator, which is singular in reference to one God, again this would exclude the pantheist beliefs of other religions and cultures. Finally the Constitution ends with: “In the year of our Lord 1787”. This is a definite reference to Jesus.
Another common argument is the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli declares that “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion”.
Since the clear words and actions of the founders are a direct contradiction to this statement, it seems very puzzling until you consider the context. This is a wartime treaty with a group of Muslim Barbary pirates from the north coast of Africa, who held several thousand American sailors hostage. It is vital to realize that the nations of Europe had been waging a crusader type war with the Muslims for a thousand years, forcing Muslims to convert to Christianity by the point of the sword. America needed to assure the Muslims pirates that they were in no sense a European crusader type Christian nation who attended to bring them harm.
Some use the contents Madison’s “Detached Memoranda” to prove the secular intent of our founding documents. What’s ignored is that Madison’s words and actions as president were at odds with private statements made later in his life. It is significant that these documents were never made public by Madison, so you could hardly argue that his later private views reflected the founder’s intent at the time. The words and actions of the vast majority of the founders contradict Madison’s sentiments in his “Detached Memoranda” including those more closely involved in drafting the Bill of Rights such as George Mason or Richard Henry Lee.
The modus operandi of revisionists is to search for anything that agrees with their belief’s while omitting anything that doesn’t. They love to take quotes of the founders out of context and read their own ideas into the founding documents, specifically into the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The 19th century English poet Coventry Patmore said had great spiritual insight into human nature and spoke about the truth in a way that is revealing of those who continually deny the truth, he said: “One fool will deny more truth in half an hour than a wise man can prove in seven years.” Doesn’t this fit today’s revisionists, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, they continue to insist that America was founded a secular nation! Undeterred by the continual repudiation of their beliefs, they continue to contrive new evidence to fit their notions.
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