It’s a reprint of something they first posted in September of 2008: The Stealing of America. It was junk then and it’s junk now. The thing was written by Mike Riddle, a new name for us, but he has this biography page at the AIG website.
This is going to be difficult for us, because virtually every one of Riddle’s sentences is wrong, and it would take far too much time to debunk it all. Besides, we’ve already done a lot of that in one of our favorite posts, Is America a “Christian Nation”? But we’ll do what we can. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Though not all of America’s Founding Fathers were Bible-believing Christians, the United States was nevertheless founded on biblical principles.
Beep — wrong! Riddle should read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. Hint: there’s no mention of God, the bible, or Christianity. Riddle’s whole essay is like that — it’s one false statement after another. Next he says:
These Fathers declared that our rights come from God, the Sovereign Creator. For example, the Declaration of Independence reads:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Beep — wrong! In the immediately preceding sentence, Jefferson (no fundie) defined the Creator as Nature and Nature’s God — a Deist expression. Let’s read on:
The U.S. Founding Fathers recognized that our rights come from God and that government should exist to protect our rights. However, if there is no God basis, then our rights can only come from the generosity of the state and its leaders. If the state gives us our rights, then the state can take them away.
Beep — wrong! The Founders believed that our rights come from our nature — an Enlightenment idea they got from John Locke. We continue:
In addition, if there is no God, then men are not “created,” and they are not necessarily “equal”: Charles Darwin declared that man evolved and was not created and that some are more evolved than others. The state in essence can become the new god. Darwin wrote:
Riddle then quote-mines Darwin. We won’t bother to copy it, but if you read his article, note the ellipsis. It’s very crude work. We discussed that specific quote in WorldNetDaily — Worthless Creationist Rag!, so we won’t bother to repeat ourselves. Here’s more:
America has always recognized the existence of a higher authority than the state (based presumably on Genesis 9). This accountability is expressed in all three branches of the U.S. government:
President’s oath of office: “So help me God”;
Congressmen and Senators’ oath: “So help me God”;
Witnesses’ oath in court: “To tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God”
Beep — wrong! The President’s oath is in the Constitution, along with a separate oath for all other government officials. The phrase “so help me God” isn’t there. See Article II, Section I:
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: — “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
An “affirmation” is a secular oath. The witness’ oath isn’t in the Constitution, but the God phrase is entirely optional in every court. Further, as you know, Article VI provides:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Has Riddle ever read the Constitution? It doesn’t matter. He writes for ol’ Hambo, and that’s all we need to know. Moving along:
Many of our rights are being taken away. The state has been systematically stealing the rights of individuals and groups.
He gives some examples. No, he doesn’t mention things like taxation and regulation. He mentions only the “social conservative” issues like abortion (the unborn have rights) and displaying the Ten Commandments in public places. But his big example of a stolen right is:
The right to question evolution (academic freedom) in many universities is forbidden and persecuted (see the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed).
No comment necessary. Then he asks:
How Did This Happen? Over decades of systematic training, our children have been bombarded with the secular humanistic worldview in public school systems in many countries. They have been taught that there is no God, there are no moral absolutes, they are products of evolution, and there is no clear meaning/purpose to life.
You knew he’d get around to evolution eventually. Then he spends a few worthless paragraphs claiming that secularism is a religion. Here’s one final excerpt from near the end:
The Christian worldview begins in the book of Genesis with the words “In the beginning God created. . . .” The key to returning America to a biblical base is to build from that solid foundation of Genesis 1:1. In other words, the strategy is to build from the bottom-up.
So there you are. Those wicked evolutionists have stolen our rights, which the Founders say come from the bible. The solution is to ram ol’ Hambo’s view of things down the kiddies’ throats. At least Riddle got one thing right — he’s starting at the bottom.
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