According to David Barton’s book, “Jefferson Lies“, this is the best way to remedy minimalism.
The remedy for the fifth malpractice, Minimalism, is to establish context.
Begin with the assumption that things are usually not as simple as they seem. Certainly our own personal experience routinely affirms this to be the case, and it is no less so throughout history.
Always look for the context of what is being said; don’t separate something from its historical setting. Thus, when critics, as they often do, simply lift a single line from a letter – such as Jefferson’s “wall of separation” metaphor or his “question with boldness even the existence of a God” statement – then go back and read the whole letter. And whenever a word or phrase you don’t understand appears in a quote, stop and look it up so that you can grasp its meaning and thus understand its context.
Don’t necessarily accept that something is as easy or conclusive as a writer makes it appear unless you have personally checked enough facts presented by that writer to know if his portrayals and conclusions are indeed accurate and can be trusted.
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CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, NOR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.
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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