This quote from the book Jefferson Lies is right on.A Rigid or Unrelenting Secularism, which ignores or misportrays religious influences, motivations, and persons.
A Rigid or Unrelenting Secularism, which ignores or misportrays religious influences, motivations, and persons.
This can occur through deliberate omission, or by the selective presentation of facts. For example, many who write on religion and the Founders focus on the few whose religious views and practices are not as clearly orthodox as most Founders were. They then generalize from this unrepresentative group of Founders to the entire Founding Fathers, encouraging good apologetics. Or they can present Jefferson’s statement that “it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god” and assert his ambivalence to religious beliefs when in reality he is passionately arguing against any right of government to interfere with the sacred rights of religious conscience.
But unless a reader is already familiar with the full context of such quotes, secularist writers can use them as compelling “evidence” that Jefferson himself was a rigid secularist. The malpractices discussed above do horrible damage to history, but the problems don’t stop there. They also lead to bad policy.
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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.