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Friday, February 04, 2005

 Our godless constitution

Check out The Nation:
Like Jefferson, every recent President has understood the necessity of at least paying lip service to the piety of most American voters. All of our leaders, Democrat and Republican, have attended church, and have made very sure they are seen to do so. But there is a difference between offering this gesture of respect for majority beliefs and manipulating and pandering to the bigotry, prejudice and millennial fantasies of Christian extremists. Though for public consumption the Founding Fathers identified themselves as Christians, they were, at least by today's standards, remarkably honest about their misgivings when it came to theological doctrine, and religion in general came very low on the list of their concerns and priorities--always excepting, that is, their determination to keep the new nation free from bondage to its rule.


Blogger Electro said...

It is interesting to note that none of these men had the courage to stand up against the slave trade and slavery in the states. As cowardly as they were in their public stance on their own religious beliefs or lack of them they were equally cowardly to attempt to end what would later take more lives than all wars fought before and since combined to end. There are many arguments as to why they did nothing at the time they could. Don't get me wrong I think they were all great men of their time and well educated and couragous in their stance against what was and would be until WWII the greatest power in the world. It took couragous men like John Brown and Abraham Lincoln to end the horrors that slavery brought to a whole race of people in this country. Both of these men were devout Christian men, along with the many thousand who marched to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. and the many more thousand who risked life and limb to work in the underground railroad. These were Christian people who believed in the human rights of all people. I know you will tell me that those who enslaved that same people also were Christian. It is just not a case that can be made by historical evidence. While they may have used the Bible to make a case they were not Christian. And today good Christian people continue the fight for human rights for all.

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