Do you believe that you are pretty good at discerning the truth? That you can tell when someone is teaching you a bold face lie? Do you feel that you are open enough to question whether what you’ve been taught is the full truth, and nothing but the truth? Especially, if you see and hear it from the mouth of those who lived it? How would you feel to learn that you’ve been raised believing in a false narrative of American history?
Were you taught that the United States was founded as a “Judeo-Christian” nation? Wouldn’t you want to know whether this is actually the truth or not, historically? If so, would you be willing to hear the written words of our nation’s Founders on what the United States is based upon? If so, again, then read the written words of those who gave their very lives to the founding of this nation, the United States of America, a nation that gave to the world its very first “people’s democracy”:
Thomas Jefferson: “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.” – in a letter to Horatio G. Spafford, March 17, 1814, and “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say that there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” – in Notes on the State of Virginia, 1784
Thomas Paine: “The Heathens paid divine honours to their deceased kings, and the Christian World hath improved on the plan by doing the same to their living ones.” – in Common Sense, 1776, and “The priests of the present day, profess to believe it. They gain their living by it, and they exclaim against something they call infidelity. I will define what it is. HE THAT BELIEVES IN THE STORY OF CHRIST IS AN INFIDEL TO GOD.” – in Age of Reason, 1794-95, 1807
John Adams: “Since the promulgation of Christianity, the two greatest systems of tyranny that have sprung from this original, are the canon (the Bible) and the feudal law… Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” – in A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765, and “A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” – in a letter to Abigail Adams, July 7, 1775
Benjamin Franklin: “If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution.” – in a letter to the London Packet, June 3, 1772, and “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – in The New-England Courant, July 9, 1722
George Washington: “I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.” – in a letter to the United Baptist Churches of Virginia, May 1789, and “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” – in his First Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union, January 8, 1790
Alexander Hamilton: “In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.” – in the Federalist, No. 1, October 27, 1787, and “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” – in The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775
James Madison: “And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.” – in a letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822, and “The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.” – in The Federalist, No. 49, February 2, 1788
James Wilson: “In a state of natural liberty, every one is allowed to act according to his own inclination, provided he transgress not those limits, which are assigned to him by the law of nature: in a state of civil liberty, he is allowed to act according to his inclination, provided he transgress not those limits, which are assigned to him by the municipal law.” – in Of the Natural Rights of Individuals, 1790, and “Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.” – in Of the Natural Rights of Individuals, 1790
John Jay: “The moral or natural law was given by the Sovereign of the universe to all mankind; with them it was coeval, and with them it will be coexistent. Being founded by infinite wisdom and goodness on essential right, which never varies, it can require no amendment nor alteration.” – in a letter to John Murray, April 15, 1818, and “Real Christians will abstain from violating the rights of others, and therefore will not provoke war. Almost all nations have peace or war at the will and pleasure of rulers whom they do not elect, and who are not always wise or virtuous.” – in a letter to John Murray, October 12, 1816 – In all fairness, John Jay was the only Founder of the United States that perceived the U.S. as a “Christian nation” that should choose “Christians for their rulers.”, a proposition that all the other prominent Founders of our nation thoroughly disagreed with!
Joel Barlow: “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion, as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen (Muslims).” – in Treaty of Tripoli, November 4, 1796, which he negotiated and drafted with a Muslim nation
Ethan Allen: “While we are under the tyranny of Priests, it will ever be their interest, to invalidate the law of nature and reason, in order to establish systems incompatible therewith.” – in Reason the Only Oracle of Man, 1784
Richard Allen (yes, he was a Founder of the U.S.): “If you love your children, if you love your country, if you love the God of love, clear your hands from slaves, burden not your children or your country with them.” – in An Address To Those Who Keep Slaves and Uphold the Practice, 1794
Abigail Adams (yes, she was a Founder of the U.S.): “Believing that the Father alone, is the supreme God, and that Jesus Christ derived his Being, and all his powers and honors from the Father … There is not any reasoning which can convince me, contrary to my senses, that three is one, and one three.” – in letter to John Quincy Adams, May 5, 1816, and “When will Mankind be convinced that true Religion is from the Heart, between Man and his creator, and not the imposition of Man or creeds and tests?” – in letter to Louisa Adams, January 3, 1818
Christians and Americans in general are being taught a lie – that this nation is founded on “Judeo-Christian” values, that this nation is a “Christian nation” from its birth, and that we are drifting away from our “Godly” roots. This is simply not true historically!
The simple historical truth is that the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and other documents like it were a formal rejection of Judeo-Christian values and an embracement of 17-18th century European Enlightenment values – that of secular self-rule, spreading mercantile capitalism, and advancing the scientific revolution. Theism was replaced with Deism, fear of the future was replaced with belief in the future, the Ten Commandments was replaced with the civil Constitution, the church-ordained King was replaced with a people-elected President, rule by church-backed monarchy was replaced with three co-equal separate branches of government, and religion was separated from the affairs of civil governance. There can be no democracy in a nation where theocratic beliefs and laws are held supreme in civil legislative discourse – for this stands against the very concept of a people’s democracy!
Don’t trust me on this, like I wouldn’t ask you to trust your preachers. Learn for yourself, by studying – honestly and objectively – the history of the United States for yourself! Interestingly, it is a rejection of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and methods of self-regulation to make claim that our modern democratic methods of governance are Judeo-Christian based. But, humans are well known for contradicting and distorting beliefs, when it makes them feel good and important and serves their specific interests.
Discover What Our U.S. Founders Actually Believed
What would the Founders of our nation think about a Post-Truth America? Would their view of what America is expected to be prove similar to how we view the United States today?
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war…”
Today’s battlefield is an asymmetrical field, a polarized populace divided by racial, religious, nationalist, and political lines. On one side are the radicalized Right and on the other side are defiant Left, the white evangelical conservative supremacists that are mostly Christian and mostly Republican at war with the secular liberal constitutionally progressive globalists that are mostly Agnostic and mostly Democrat. The question posed before history is whether the “government of the people, by the people, for the people” will survive intact, or will this nation “perish from the earth”?
Until we, as a nation, address our unfinished Civil War between the Confederacy and the Union, between white Christian supremacist racism and a multi-ethnic/religious citizenry demanding equal treatment under United States law, history cannot make its final determination. — Quotes in this paragraph set are from President Abraham Lincoln’s November 19, 1863, Gettysburg Address.
Quotes of the Founders, their thoughts on religion and governance, the reason for the #AmericanRevolution and the #DeclarationofIndependence for #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness to actually read!
#alllivesmatter when we realize that we are a nation of civil laws, not theocratic laws, a nation founded in the religious beliefs of Deism and European Enlightenment.
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