Another excerpt from David Barton’s book, “Jefferson Lies.”
Minimalism often reduces complicated situations and individuals to simplistic characterizations. Hence, comments Jefferson made that rejected some tenets of orthodox Christianity, particularly late in life, become the basis for portraying him as a lifelong secularist who opposed Christianity.
There is no consideration given to the possibility that Jefferson had a complicated spiritual journey, and no notice is taken of the adverse effects of Christian Primitivism and Restorationism upon him.
Similarly, modern scholars and writers often extrapolate from his statements criticizing specific ministers who were his political enemies or who supported tyrannical state-established institutions and practices to the conclusion that he was completely anticlerical, which is totally false.
While Minimalism, or missing the major point, can occur through oversimplification, it can also transpire through overcomplication – that is, not seeing the forest for the trees.
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The very men who gave us the first amendment did not intend to create a radical separation of church and state that many advocate today.
The day after Congress adopted the first amendment, they sent a message to George Washington. They asked him to declare a day of Thanksgiving to God.
Congress wanted to show America’s appreciation for the opportunity to create a new government in peace and tranquility.
The founders did not intend for God to be separate from our official acts. The founders just did not want a national denomination, such as in England.
They did not want an established church, an established church would take away religious liberty.
They did not want an established church that could force people to worship against their will or support it with private tax dollars.
Many say the founding fathers didn’t believe in God and weren’t Christian. They even go on to say that George Washington wasn’t a Christian and never went to church and never prayed.
This is completely wrong. In the early days of the United States, the whole of society centered around the local church. Most of the early pioneers attended church regularly or semi-regularly. Practically all our early schools were church sponsored, thus, the children’s education was based on religion, as was George Washington.
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