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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

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 The godless Constitution

Revisionist rhetoric notwithstanding, the founders left God out of the Constitution–and it wasn't an oversight:
For the 21st-century apostles of religious correctness, the godless Constitution—how could those framers have forgotten the most important three-letter word in the dictionary?—poses a formidable problem requiring the creation of tortuous historical fictions that include both subtle prevarication and bald-faced lies.

Religious reactionaries of the 18th century, by contrast, were honest in their attacks on the secularism of the new Constitution. One North Carolina minister observed with forthright disgust, during his state's ratification debate, that the abolition of religious tests for officeholders amounted to nothing less than "an invitation for Jews and pagans of every kind to come among us." The Reverend John M. Mason, a fire-breathing New York minister, declared the absence of God in the Constitution "an omission which no pretext whatever can palliate" and warned that Americans would "have every reason to tremble, lest the Governor of the universe, who will not be treated with indignity by a people more than by individuals, overturn from its foundation the fabric we have been rearing, and crush us to atoms in the wreck."

The article is worth a full read. Check it out.

1 Comments:

Blogger Underworld said...

And Susan Jacoby's book titled "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism" is also worth checking out.

I really dig the blog by the way.

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