LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wisdom from our Founding Fathers

As we enjoy this holiday season, let us contemplate the courage, dedication, persistence and faith of our Founding Fathers who, against all odds and opposing the world’s most powerful empire, ensured, among others, our freedom to celebrate our religious holy days as we choose. The enormity of their effort is impossible to overstate.

During the drawn-out Revolutionary War, George Washington experienced periods of discouragement and bitter disappointments but, believing in the morality and justice of his cause, never abandoned his goal nor his faith. Surely, the objectives of the various patriot organizations are as moral and as just — to restore the Constitution to its rightful place in American society and to compel accountability from our elected officials, as our Founders envisioned.

So, as we gather for our celebrations, we might reflect on what is popularly known as “Washington’s Prayer.” It is the final paragraph of a letter Washington wrote to the governors of the 13 states upon his retirement as Commander of the Continental Army, and his first retirement from public life.

“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”

Nothing to add but, Amen.

Janice R. Drummond

Marco Island

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MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

This is why the Founding Fathers, including George Washington, made ANY reference to religion at all.

Since over 95% of the world's population is superstitious, emperors and politicians from Constantine to George Bush have nearly always used religion as a tool to gain the support of the masses. (Even Joseph Stalin eventually did it during the German invasion by reopening the churches)

It was therefore important for the Founding Fathers to appear as if they were doing GOD'S WORK in laying the groundwork for the American Revolution. Hence the phrase: “Endowed By Their Creator".

(notice it that it DIDN'T read endowed by the god of Jehovah, or endowed by Jesus Christ)

But the F.F. didn't believe it. The phrase was just an tool used to gain the support of the ignorant masses in support of the American revolution; god being on the side of the Colonists; not the king; so the colonists MUST be justified in the fight for freedom.

God plus country results in a more powerful army AND unity.

Men like Benjamin Franklin lived part of their lives during a time when European men, women and children screamed themselves to death over slow fires because of the common man’s superstitious belief in demonic possession.

It was well known then and even today that this practice followed us to the New World with the chocking deaths of New England women sacrificed in the name of the Christian god.

The very last thing the Founding Fathers wanted was to carry this or any other Medieval Christian baggage into the new government of the Enlightenment.

Devils, demons, demonic possession, angels and spirits were OUT. REASON was IN.

Yet the F.F. still had to tread lightly in the area of religion for fear of alienating the superstitious masses; so they supplied just enough “god talk” to wet the appetites of the faithful, in order to secure their support.

The F.F. knew that no ghost spoke to a nomadic Jew; no man-god rose from the dead; and no angel appeared to a Arab.

The also knew that no ENLIGHTENED Government could exist for the benefit of CIVIL RIGHTS if it revolved around such superstitious rubbish; as most of the European Governments did at that time.

So the F.F. sprinkled a little god here, and a little god there; just enough to convince the average peasant that GOD was on the side of The Revolution and not England, in order to provide UNITY; that powerful force of NATIONALISM + FAITH.

-But to the F.F. and to Charlemagne and Constantine before them; religion was just a TOOL to manipulate the peasants; and on and on it goes today as the politician who says "god bless America" garnishes more votes then one who doesn't.

That's why the Dec of Independence says We hold these truths to be "self evident" and not we hold these truths to be “SACRED“.

That's why there is no mention of Jesus Christ in the original documents by these so-called CHRISTIAN Founding Fathers.

MIOCENE

MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

Now for the preconceived rubbish that America was founded upon Judeo-Christian Principles:

Christianity is a dictatorship at its orthodox core. This immediately puts it in opposition to the very concept of Democracy.

There is no Bill of Rights in the Bible; and even if there is, why didn't THE CLERGY discover it and give us Democracy a thousand years ago? They certainly had enough time to think about it.

Our freedoms are REALLY based upon principles developed in pagan, polytheistic ancient Greece.
We owe our freedoms to SECULAR thought reawakened during the ENLIGHTENMENT, ideas which include voting rights which lay dormant for over 2000 years; not to the shackles of medieval Christianity.
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Judeo-Christianity invented the first FOUR of the 10 Commandments; but NOT the last SIX.

These last six; upon which much of our freedom is based; were already being practiced all over the world including by the North American Iroquois; and independent of the Bible; thousands of years before Moses took his first breath.

However, if one wants to give GOD credit for the freedoms we enjoy today, then give credit to where credit is due; -thank ZEUS.

MIOCENE

MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

Now let's take a look at the "wall between church and state"

As we know, the Muslim Brotherhood won the election in Egypt.

Now the CHRISTIANS in Egypt are all upset that the SECULAR government didn‘t win; and that Christians are being killed and their churches burned.
Isn't THAT interesting?

Christians in America do not like the idea of secular government; and are constantly trying to break down the wall between church and state.

Yet in Egypt; and elsewhere in Africa and the Middle East; where Christians need their religious freedoms PROTECTED; they WANT secular government; and they WANT a wall between church and state.

Islam is growing rapidly in the United States; and if Christians insist on opening the FRONT door to Christianity; then they had better keep an eye on the BACK door.

Because once you open the door to a religious oriented government; you had better 'watch out'; because "the wrong dogs are liable to come home".

I will end my tirade with this:
The best way to protect your "religious freedom"; is to keep religion OUT of government.

MIOCENE

MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

In the original draft of the Declaration of Independence; Jefferson wrote "we hold these truths to be sacred".

Franklin crossed out "sacred" and substituted "self evident".

Among other things; Franklin was probably remembering the superstitious flack that he had to endure from both Catholics and Protestants when trying to promote his "unholy" lightning rod.

Know what's interesting?
The great "christ the redeemer" statue towering over Rio; needs Franklin's unholy lightning rod to protect it.

CHRIST; can't even protect his own image.

MIOCENE

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