There’s rarely any reason to provide internet visibility for creationists, and we don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. We can’t figure out who today’s letter-writer is so we’ll use only his first name, which is Rick. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
John Adams stated: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Yes, that’s true. But like most of the Founders, Adams wasn’t conventionally religious. He quietly revealed his thoughts in his famous correspondence with Thomas Jefferson. Then Rick says:
There was a shortage of Bibles, and a request was placed before Congress to print more Bibles for our schools, families and for public worship of God in our churches. Congress concurred and approved by the Founding Fathers in Congress the first English-language Bible to be printed in America known as the Aitken Bible.
That’s an extremely misleading account. The Wikipedia article on Robert Aitken tells us:
The Aitken Bible of 1782 was reviewed, approved and authorized by the US Congress. The bible was reviewed first for accuracy by the Congressional Chaplains White and Duffield and they reported on its accuracy. Then the Journals of Congress for September 1782 records on page 469, “Resolved. That the United States in Congress assembled highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aitkin, as subservient to the interest of religion as well as an influence of the progress of arts in this country and being satisfied from the above report (by the congressional chaplains), they recommend this edition of the bible to the inhabitants of the United States and hereby authorize him to publish this recommendation.”
In 1782? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That was
the Continental Congress, fifteen under the Articles of Confederation, five years before the Constitutional Convention. Based on the chaplains’ report, they approved the translation. But they didn’t legislate about it and they didn’t pay for it. What is Rick trying to say? Let’s read on:
Of the 56 signers of the Declaration, 29 held what today would be seminary or Bible school degrees.
Is Rick suggesting that they were preachers? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The universities of the time didn’t offer much other than theology, law, and medicine. Jefferson’s University of Virginia was the first in the US that wasn’t a bible college. Here’s a list of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and their occupations. Only one, John Witherspoon, was a minister. The letter continues:
Thomas Paine, one of the least religious of the founders, openly acknowledged God and announced his belief in his personal accountability to God. Paine also advocated teaching creationism in the public schools.
The same Thomas Paine who wrote The Age of Reason? BWAHAHAHAHA! It’s described by Wikipedia as “a pamphlet, written by British and American revolutionary Thomas Paine, that challenges institutionalized religion and the legitimacy of the Bible, the central text of Christianity. … [I]t was a bestseller in the United States, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival.”
Hey — where have we heard that crazy claim about Paine and creationism? Ah yes, we once wrote about it — David Barton: Founding Fathers Rejected Darwin. That post has a one-minute video of Barton making his bizarre historical claims about the Founders. Barton is probably the source of Rick’s information. Here’s the end of his brilliant letter:
America was founded on Judeo-Christian values and principles, but unfortunately, America has become extremely ungodly and unrepentant. God promises nations who repent and turn from their wicked ways that he will heal their land.
Yeah, yeah. We’ll link once again to our post on this topic: Is America a “Christian Nation”? There’s no need to say anything else. Great letter, Rick!
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