Brooke Allen writes about Our Godless Constitution.

There’s an excellent article by Brooke Allen up on CBS News.com about the myth of America being founded on Christian principles. It covers many of the same facts that have been oft-repeated here on SEB, but hopefully will find purchase with a wider audience. It’s the sort of article that deserves to be printed out and hung up in your cubical or on your fridge where folks will have a chance to see it.

It is hard to believe that George Bush has ever read the works of George Orwell, but he seems, somehow, to have grasped a few Orwellian precepts. The lesson the President has learned best—and certainly the one that has been the most useful to him—is the axiom that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. One of his Administration’s current favorites is the whopper about America having been founded on Christian principles. Our nation was founded not on Christian principles but on Enlightenment ones. God only entered the picture as a very minor player, and Jesus Christ was conspicuously absent.

Our Constitution makes no mention whatever of God. The omission was too obvious to have been anything but deliberate, in spite of Alexander Hamilton’s flippant responses when asked about it: According to one account, he said that the new nation was not in need of “foreign aid”; according to another, he simply said “we forgot.” But as Hamilton’s biographer Ron Chernow points out, Hamilton never forgot anything important.

The article goes on to cover most of the major founding fathers as well as things such as the Treaty of Tripoli. A good read that will likely be ignored by those it’s most directly aimed at.

10 thoughts on “Brooke Allen writes about Our Godless Constitution.

  1. What a juicy read.

    I am both appalled at how much politicians have backed away from such clear-minded stances, and also at the depiction of the American public—perhaps as ignorant then as today.  How can we govern a nation designed for intelligent and thoughtful citizens when the majority—conservative and liberal alike—are neither?  When the leaders themselves are neither?  It’s a scary thought.

  2. Not necessarily on topic but there isn’t a off topic forum here so…

    I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said “Stop! Don’t do it!” “Why shouldn’t I?” he said. “Well, there’s so much to live for!” “Like what?” “Well… are you religious?” He said yes. I said, “Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?” “Christian.” “Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant ? “Protestant.” “Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?” “Baptist” “Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?” “Baptist Church of God!” “Me too! Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you reformed Baptist Church of God?” “Reformed Baptist Church of God!” “Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?” He said, “Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!” I said, “Die, heretic scum”, and pushed him off.

  3. Recently obtain a broom handle expressly made for the pope that I would like to deliver personally.

    Would even consider spending some real money on large oder for all the cloud sitters as well.

    Rapture that.

  4. Excellent article !

    The Axis of Evil hides in the Bushes.

    9/11 was an inside job; what and how did anything hit the pentagon?

    The only cloud Bush and Bushanites will sit on is the one from their own fetid flatulence.

    Ben Franklin was spot on that mentalities bereft of their senses due to the indoctrination of goddification brainwashing are not fit for politics or any other intelecual persuit.

    Impeach Bush and try him for war crimes.

    Frederic Starchenkovenner

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