Below these remarks is a comment from the newsletter "This Is True" (with links to the source) about a kid in Tennessee being harassed in school for not being a Christian, and the school's tolerating it. Apparently today "religious tolerance" means tolerating people who abuse others who don't believe in God.O.K., what about our founding fathers? We take our cues from them and they were all God-fearing.
The following is taken from the article, Exploding the fallacy of the Founding Fathers being Christian, by William Edelen which appeared in the Santa Barbara News Press on February 2, 2003 Washington was not even remotely a Christian, but was a Deist at best*. The treaty of Tripoli signed by Pres. John Adams and the Senate without dissent states (Article 11), "The government of the A]United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."More John Adams: "Christian fables, myths, legends and tales, blended with Jewish myths, have made them the most bloody religion that has ever existed, filled with sordid fraud and superstition." Letter F, Van per Kemp) James Madison, founder of the Bill of Rights "During fifteen centuries the legal establishment of Christianity has been on trial. What have been the fruits of that trial? Pride and Indolence i the clergy. Ignorance and servility in the laity; and in both clergy and laity, superstition, bigotry and persecution." Thomas Jefferson: "Notes on Religion," passed in the Assembly of Virginia in the year 1786 ....."Christian creeds and doctrines, the clergy's own fatal inventions, through all of the ages, has made of Christendom a slaughterhouse.The Encyclopedia Britannica** avers that our first six presidents were deists and not, in any sense, Christian. What is especially compelling about this statement is that the claim was made when Mortimer J. Adler, a committed Catholic of great influence. was Editor in Chief. William Edelen is a former minister at the First Congregational Church in Tacoma, WA ands lecturer for the Department of Religion at the University of Puget Sound _______________________________
* Deists believe there is no personal God who is aware of, or involved in, any of the activities of the Earth "God" is only a linguistic symbol for an impersonal energy force** 1968, Volume 2,page 420 jer
IT'S PRETTY RARE that I get truly angry over a story. Outspoken and direct, sure, which some readers sometimes take for anger, but actual anger is quite infrequent. The first Premium subscriber, Dave in Colorado, sent me a story earlier this week that has me seething: a young lady in Tennessee has sued her school because she can't stand the continual humiliation of verbal and PHYSICAL abuse by teachers and other students because she's not a Christian. Apparently, she's the only non-Christian in the class. The school sponsors annual field trips to a religious revival, and this straight-A student has been sent to the principal's office because her parents allowed her to opt out of the trip. The fact that in a country that's founded on religious freedom there are some people who think it's OK to deny others the very same freedom that allowed them to worship the way THEY choose is sick. That it happens in a government-sponsored institution is even more outrageous. The girl was taunted so severely her parents were afraid she would commit suicide -- which has happened before. I consider her treatment just as abhorrent as the way some non-Christian countries treat Christians, but I consider it even worse here considering our Constitutional guarantees; the hypocrisy is truly ugly.
When I wrote about this in the Premium edition on Monday, it spurred a lot of feedback. Some of the letters I've received on the story -- and a link to the original article from the Knoxville News Sentinel, is at http://www.thisistrue.com/bravegirl.html
Or, the newspaper's article at: