Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Modesto Bee of Modesto, California. It’s titled Turn to God to get his blessings. It’s the last letter at that link, and the newspaper has a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Anthony. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
The bright shining experiment that believes “all men are … endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” penned into the Bill of Rights [What?] seems to have been a figment of wishful thinking.
That language quoted by Anthony isn’t in the Bill of Rights. It’s from the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. “Bill of Rights” refers to the first ten amendments to the US Constitution, drafted in 1789, 13 years after the Declaration. And neither of them is a religious document — see Is America a “Christian Nation”? Let’s find out where Anthony is going with this. He says:
Ancient Israel provides an example.
What? Too late to back out, dear reader. Let’s stay the course. Anthony tells us:
With deep conviction the people told Moses they would do all God commanded. When that people obeyed their Creator’s commands, they enjoyed many blessings. In time, they came to believe they were wiser than God and suffered dire consequences.
*Groan* Now he’s confusing the Bill of Rights with the Ten Commandments. Ten Commandments … ten amendments … it’s all the same to Anthony. What a letter! He continues:
Today, the mention of a Creator is forbidden in schools, replaced by the theory of evolution.
Aha — there it is. The ultimate sin! Now that it’s been revealed, the letter ends with this:
Every man that does not learn from his mistakes is bound to repeat them. Rejection of an Almighty Creator dooms the nation.
So there you are, dear reader. You have sinned against the Bill of Rights, just like ancient Israel did. You’re doomed!
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