The RenewAmerica website is the eighth winner of the Curmudgeon’s coveted Buffoon Award. What we found there today confirms the wisdom of that decision. It’s titled The Pilgrims and the U.S. Constitution.
We assume from the title that we’re about to read some nonsensical historical revisionism, because we already know that the Pilgrims, who are remembered on Thanksgiving day, had nothing to do with the US Constitution. Until they gave it up when they realized it was killing them, they were practitioners of bible communism — see Of Plymouth Plantation: “Every Man for His Own Particular”. Their brand of religion was responsible for the Salem witch trials. The Founders of the United States were influenced by the Enlightenment, and they repudiated virtually all the Pilgrims’ precepts — see Salem and Philadelphia: A Tale of Two Cities.
Nevertheless, the article at RenewAmerica claims that we owe our Constitution to the Pilgrims. It was written by Jerry Newcombe, described as “an on-air personality/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries.” We’ve also encountered his work at WorldNetDaily. He used to work with James Kennedy, the now-deceased televangelist who made the influential “documentary” Darwin’s Deadly Legacy, based on the book From Darwin to Hitler by Discovery Institute “fellow” Richard Weikart.
Okay, you know what we’re dealing with. Here are some excerpts from Newcombe’s article, with bold font added by us:
As we get ready to celebrate another Thanksgiving, there’s one more thing to be grateful to God for – the U.S. Constitution and the political freedom it has brought. What many people don’t realize is the link between the Pilgrims, authors of our Thanksgiving tradition, and our nation’s founding document.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! If ever there was a “missing link,” the one between the Pilgrims and the Constitution is it. Newcombe would have better luck searching for Noah’s Ark. Then we’re told:
When the founding fathers sat down in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 at the Constitutional Convention, they had almost 150 years of constitution-making on American soil to draw from. And devout Christians of earlier generations, who used the biblical concept of covenant as a model, were those who provided the precedents.
Aaaargh!! We totally debunked that in Is America a “Christian Nation”?, where we quoted the Constitution:
Article. VI, Clause 2: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
Article. VI, Clause 3: 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. [Note: an “affirmation” is a secular oath.]
That would have horrified the theocratic Pilgrims. We also said:
Hamilton and Madison, who explained the Constitution clause-by-clause in the Federalist Papers, did so totally without scriptural references. That’s because there was no scriptural basis for concepts like a decentralized federal republic, a two-house legislature, limited government with enumerated powers, representation based on population, checks and balances, prohibiting religious qualifications for holding office, allowing secular oaths, and providing that a man-made Constitution was the supreme law of the land.
Let’s read on from Newcombe’s article:
One such document [alleged precursors to the Constitution] was the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut of 1639, which was inspired by a sermon that examined principles of government from the Bible. This covenant, which mentions “the gospel of our Lord Jesus,” was the first complete constitution written on American soil and is the reason that to this day Connecticut is called “the constitution state.”
Aaaargh!! None of that was included in the US Constitution. The most likely reason Connecticut has that nickname is because of a compromise their delegates proposed at the 1787 Constitutional convention, resulting in the two chambers of Congress — see Connecticut Compromise. Newcombe continues:
A covenant is an agreement before God, binding a community together. The Pilgrims, Puritans, and other dedicated Christians engaged in writing about 100 various agreements for self-government, paving the way for the Constitution. The first of these American covenants was written by the Pilgrims before they even disembarked the Mayflower, a month before they even set foot in Plymouth.
Nowadays, a covenant is nothing more than a contract; but the biblical meaning of “covenant” is an agreement made between God and the Israelites. Neither the early colonial charters nor the Mayflower Compact were biblical covenants. The Mayflower Compact does have the phrase “just and equal Laws,” which some say is the first mention of what we now think of as “equal protection,” but the Mayflower Compact was so unimportant during the Revolution and later the Constitutional Convention that it wasn’t even mentioned in the Constitution or the Federalist Papers.
Here’s our last excerpt from Newcombe’s article. He quotes from the Mayflower Compact, presumably because he thinks it proves his thesis:
The Mayflower Compact says: “In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord, King James . . . Having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and the honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these present, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid.”
This document signed on November 11, 1620 was a milestone in history and a major step in the process of the creation of America.
The Constitution and those, like the Pilgrims, who helped pave the way toward its creation, are blessings to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season. Thus endeth the history lesson. Happy Thanksgiving.
Yes, that’s what the Mayflower Compact says, and that’s when it was signed. It’s part of our Colonial history, and it’s fine to remember the Pilgrims on Thanksgiving day. But they had nothing to do with the Constitution, and we should all give thanks that their weird theocratic ideas are not the law of the United States.
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