Shredding Liberals: “The founders were all deists!”
Posted by cann0nba11 on February 3, 2010
If you find yourself in a large crowd and want to identify the liberals, fire up a discussion about the faith of America’s founding fathers, and then throw out the concept that America was founded upon Judeo-Christian values. Let the fireworks begin.
If you are lucky someone in the crowd took a college filler course on this very topic. You will know for sure when someone quips “the founding fathers weren’t Christians, they were Deists.” Heads will nod, people will agree as the group-think sets in, and nobody will contest this apparent subject matter expert.
But what exactly is a Deist? The most important thing to realize is that a Deist is not an atheist. They are very, very different. Atheism is the lack of belief in a deity. Deism is a belief in a divine power and a form of unorganized religion. Wikipedia offers that Deism is:
- “the standpoint that reason and observation of the natural world, without the need for organized religion, can determine that a supreme being created the universe.”
So, for the casual “they were diests” quipper, check your premise. If you are using the term synonymously with atheist, you would be wrong. Deists believe in a divine power. But for some reason, many liberals play the deist card in an attempt to silence any conversation around any influence that Christianity had on the founding of the greatest country the world has ever known. Some people can’t stomach the idea that America was built with the underpinnings of a religious foundation.
- “Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity… and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.” — Samuel Adams
The brilliant minds that formed our more perfect union were very learned men. Unlike our leaders today, they were voracious readers of all material, religious and secular. There is no denying that their religious beliefs help shape our country. Please remember that they purposely did not establish a national religion. They instead left this as an option for the states to decide when they wrote the Tenth Amendment. You might find it interesting to know that nine of the thirteen original states did have an official state religion. The first amendment says “the Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” It does not say that there should be no displays of religious texts in government buildings, or prayer in school.
If you are a liberal reading this, please post a comment explaining why you think religion had no part on the formation of our country. Ask yourself why you are so firmly entrenched in this position. Is it due to a bad religious experience? Overbearing parents? It”s not cool to dig religion? If you firmly believe in your position, can you explain why any religious influence would have been a bad thing? Why is playing the deist card so attractive to you?
addendum: Here’s a nice <10 minute video of acclaimed historian David Barton shredding the idea that the founders were not religious. This is based on their own words and the actual documents, something called research (a.k.a. foreign concept to liberals).