Friday, March 12, 2004

The Founding Fathers' wisdom 

I cannot tell you how many times I've been lied to by conservatives about the Founding Fathers. They speak of them as though they were divinely inspired and could do no wrong. Of course, religion often falsely creeps into their arguments. Many conservatives are convinced that all of them were devout protestant Christians--Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe, Hamilton, Franklin. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth is, the vast majority of them were Deists. They believed in God, but as a result of thinking on the subject, they came to the conclusion that God was MIA in their modern times. They believed that faith in logic and reason would be the real salvation of mankind.

Try telling this to someone who thinks they know better. It's impossible. I've read the essays and the writings myself. Everything from an outright denunciation of Christianity to Jefferson's Bible. None of it will sway a True Believer that needs to think their nation is built on their religion. THEIR religion.

But here's Today's Lesson: If the Founding Fathers were so...immortal and wise and all-knowing...then why does George W. Bush want to change their life's work? He's supported no less than SEVEN amendments, and that's just in the last four years.

Why doesn't he just trash the Constitution and start over? Wait...let's not give him any ideas.


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