Creationist Wisdom #551: Godless Laws

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Statesville Record & Landmark of Statesville, North Carolina. It’s titled Americans forced to live under godless laws. The newspaper has a comments feature.

Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We’ll use only his first name, which is George. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

This is in response to Vicki Boyer’s letter, “Religion shouldn’t be factor in school board elections.” If someone prefers a Christian over an agnostic evolutionist, so be it.

This is the letter from Vicki that has George so upset. All she did was quote the Constitution, which is enough to label her an “agnostic evolutionist.” Oh, she also said: “George Washington was a Deist.” There’s not much doubt of that. But George — the letter-writer — disagrees. He says:

Boyer [the earlier letter-writer] stated, “Our country is based on freedom of religion, meaning you cannot force anyone to adopt your own personal beliefs.” Then why are our students forced to study only evolution, which is based on faith.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:

To the liberal secular humanist, creation is incredible (non¬believable) because it requires a creator and that is totally unacceptable.

[*Sigh*] Well, George is right when he says that creationism requires a creator, which makes it a religious doctrine. It’s “unacceptable” in a science class because science isn’t a faith-based enterprise. George continues:

Boyer stated that George Washington was a Deist. That is totally untrue.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What follows is a bit of quote-mining from Washington’s various public remarks. It’s the sort of thing all the Founders used to say. George [the letter-writer, not Washington] tells us:

Washington so respected God that he used the words “Creator, Almighty God, Providence and Great Author.”

Typical Deist language. Wikipedia has an article on George Washington and religion. Washington’s personal beliefs about religion were an enigma during his lifetime, and remain so today. Here’s more from today’s letter:

He emphasized religion as a responsibility that God demanded obedience to his laws and on Judgment Day, all would be held responsible for the way in which they had obeyed those laws, and for any failures to obey God’s very explicit rules.

That doesn’t look like a quote, so we won’t bother chasing it down. It doesn’t matter, really. Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention which adopted the language our letter-writer finds so offensive. Here’s how his letter ends:

Today in America, God’s laws have been forced out of our public lives by liberal judges and have been replaced by ungodly rulings we are forced to accept.

Yeah — that’s not how Washington would have wanted it. He was a theocrat, all the way.

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7 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #551: Godless Laws

  1. Derek Freyberg

    And here I thought that’s what the Constitution mandated – silly me.

  2. docbill1351

    That’s nothing. In today’s Houston Chronicle a letter writer put forth an “argument” complete with Bible verses proposing that the 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms, is Biblically inspired because – wait for it – there is a verse about God approving swords and swords were the firearms of the day.

    I kid you not. Open carry is God’s Will.

    Now, you know. Strap on, lock and load and let’s go out there and get us some heathens!

  3. michaelfugate

    That’s the great thing about the Bible – no matter what you believe, the Bible can justify it. It’s like magic.

  4. @michaelfugate: That’s probably why Georgie-boy apparently has never read the US Constitution. He prefers myths from the bronze age.

  5. Boyer [the earlier letter-writer] stated, “Our country is based on freedom of religion, meaning you cannot force anyone to adopt your own personal beliefs.” Then why are our students forced to study only evolution, which is based on faith.
    Well, now. Evolution is “based on faith,” all right–faith in evidence and in the ability of human reason to find and understand it. Creationism is based on faith that what ancient prophets claimed to have heard voices out of empty air telling them is true.

  6. George sounds like a Christian Taliban.

  7. God’s laws have been forced out of our public lives by liberal judges…

    Yeah, those six Catholics and 3 Jews on the Supreme Court are soooo intent on forcing “God’s laws” out of our public lives. They aren’t proper Christians like the writer – not an evangelical amongst them.