Sunday, May 15, 2005

America's Founding Beliefs

I got an e-mail from a relative of the opposite party affiliation and highly religious claiming the Christian foundations of our country. It's no surprise it's a false propaganda from the wingerville community including the Aryan Nations where I found it verbatim. By this reckoning I'm sure Adolph Hitler and Jesus are walking arm in arm in heaven. It's total BS of course as Snopes makes quick work of it:

Claim: Religious symbols and references abound in U.S. capital buildings and the words of America's founders.

Buildings in the U.S. capital and statements by America's founding fathers includes references to Judeo-Christian tradition: True.

The items included in the piece quoted below demonstrate a government endorsement of Judeo-Christian tradition: False.

Including a made up quote from James Madison found nowhere in his writings.

Did you know.......

As you walk up the steps to the Capitol Building which houses the Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view — it is Moses and the Ten Commandments!

As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door. As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall right above where the Supreme Court judges sit a display of the Ten Commandments!

There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington, D.C.

James Madison, the fourth president, known as "The Father of Our Constitution" made the following statement "We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."

Patrick Henry, that patriot and Founding Father of our country said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians...not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ".

Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher...whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.

Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.

Thomas Jefferson worried about that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law...an oligarchy...the rule of few over many...

The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said, "Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers."


Classic out of context quoting used by propagandists worldwide regardless of affiliation. It works for dupes.

Jay:
It is to be regretted, but so I believe the fact to be, that except the Bible there is not a true history in the world. Whatever may be the virtue, discernment, and industry of the writers, I am persuaded that truth and error (though in different degrees) will imperceptibly become and remain mixed and blended until they shall be separated forever by the great and last refining fire.


Madison: "[T]he number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood, & the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church from the State."

–Letter to Robert Walsh, March 2, 1819


"A lie can travel around the world while the truth is just getting its boots on." Mark Twain

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