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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