Monthly Archives: April 2015

HRC: A Caricature of the Left (a photo essay)

If Hillary is the best presidential candidate that the Democrats can field, then the Democratic Party has proven itself thoroughly inept, corrupt, and ideologically bankrupt.

Weekly (if not daily) new scandals emerge (or are given renewed urgency), reminding us of Clinton scandals going back decades. The patterns of misconduct, denial, and cover-up continue apace into the 2016 election cycle.

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The Clintons’ arrogance, sense of entitlement, and sense that they can get away with anything is astounding. Moreover, their lack of concern for the American People – or for America’s survival – is breathtaking for a First Couple who seek only the power to rule over, rather than represent, the People of this great nation.

In keeping with the idea that a picture speaks a thousand words, following are about 45,000 “words” (culled from the Internet) with a few actual words mixed in.

The Early Years

It is always good to go back to the beginning for context. Here are a few items from the past which most Millennials are unaware of.

Bill and Hillary – the real deal.

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Highlights from one of Hillary’s legal triumphs.

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Yes, Hillary was on the House Judicial Committee during Watergate. She was fired for unethical behavior.

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The Clinton Administration

In 1993, New York Times Magazine profiled Hillary, calling her “Saint Hillary.”

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Hillary defended her lying and adulterous husband by blaming a mythical Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.”

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The Clinton Administration was beset by many other scandals which extended back into the glory days of Bill’s governorship in Arkansas.

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The Obama Administration

During her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary oversaw the demise of American political power and will (and the projection of weakness and chaos) around the world, at the behest of Obama.[1]

Hillary’s greatest achievement was racking up frequent flyer miles (at the expense of the American people).

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Russian Reset Debacle

Blunder followed blunder. Consider the infamous Russian reset was ridiculed around the world.

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Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

Everything Hillary said about Benghazi was a lie. From the very beginning. Everything!

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Having absolutely no empathy for America’s fallen heroes and their families, Hillary, amazingly, advocated for empathizing with our enemies.[2]

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Dead Broke

Proving herself inept at foreign policy, she did so as well in the world of economics.

Hillary’s claims of being “dead broke” elicited laughter around the world.[3]

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Hillary’s efforts to reinvent herself as a Woman of the People failed because 1) she’s a One Percenter who cannot relate to those beneath her and 2) she has no grasp of how the free market actually works (few socialists do).

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Clinton Cash

Credible allegations of unethical and illegal behavior have arisen involving the Clinton Foundation.[4]

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Private Server / Email Deletions

One of many scandals that will not go away, Hillary illegally maintained a private server for all of her government work and illegally deleted all her emails, whether work-related or not.

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Speculations abound. Was Hillary’s private server set up for the express purpose of facilitating illegal activity being done by the Clinton Foundation? Did Hillary delete emails because there were smoking guns regarding Clinton Cash, Benghazi, and other potential political powderkegs and illegalities?

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Hillary for President

Hillary announced her 2016 presidential bid, not with a bang but a whimper. Or, rather, a tweet. She also tweeted instructions to her constituency which suggests they are too stupid to understand how bumper stickers are used.

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People roundly criticized and mocked her campaign logo.

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Rethinking 2016

Liberals (and conservatives) need to rethink their options for 2016.

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Endnotes:

[1]           See “Is Baghdad Burning? Obama’s Leadership Vacuum” at http://t.co/anrh8hfqtC.

[2]           See “Hillary Crazy about Crazies” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5N.

[3]           See “Orwell Lives: Dead Broke = $Millions” at http://t.co/85yxboS3lk.

[4]           See “Clinton Cash – Only 15% for Charity” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8O.

Race Myths Exposed!

Ben Shapiro provided an excellent analysis of the Baltimore riots and debunked five liberal race myths. Shapiro writes, “But the riots should also demonstrate conclusively that leftist myths about what drives race riots are just that: myths.”

Myths

They are:

  • The “White Police” Myth.
  • The “Evil Police Chief” Myth.
  • The “Evil Mayor” Myth.
  • The “Disproportionate White Power Structure” Myth.
  • The “Not Enough Government” Myth.

Shapiro concludes:

“Modern race riots do not occur because of the supposed white superstructure or a legacy of governmental underservice. They occur because valueless rioters act in valueless ways. Baltimore is evidence that glossing over lack of values with leftist pabulum about social justice doesn’t stop cities from burning.”

Baltimore ‘Purged’

Yesterday, Baltimore epitomized a divided America. On Monday, we saw a tale of two cities evoking the worst and the best of times.

Baltimore was in “total chaos, total anarchy,” experiencing “madness,” “mayhem” and “pandemonium” while “citizens [were] under siege.” “Baltimore is now a war zone.”

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Yet, everyday citizens within their besieged communities risked danger to combat the unfolding evil. Some members of the community acted as human shields to protect the police from the mob, while many marched in unity to qualm fears and elicit peace. One mother publicly berated her son who had joined the rioters.

Baltimore Is Not Ferguson

Many politicians and pundits have conflated the tragic death of Freddie Gray while in police custody with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, using the false narrative of endemic white racism[1] as a starting point for discussion. The racial grievance industry has a vested interest in perpetuating racial hoaxes for fun and profit.[2]

Baltimore is not Ferguson. John Schindler tweeted: “Baltimore has a black mayor, a black police chief & almost half the cops are black. This ain’t Ferguson, folks.”

As we await the conclusions of the various investigations into Gray’s death, let us remember that every investigation into Brown’s death absolved the police.[3]

We don’t know, yet, exactly how Gray died, but we should know soon. When we do know, we can take appropriate action.

Another difference: the Brown family called for Ferguson to be burned, while the Gray family petitions for peace.

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Baltimore Is Ferguson

In some ways, though, Baltimore is like Ferguson. Like so many great American cities, decades of Democrat rule have taken their toll upon a people governed by various liberal policies.[4] (Take Detroit, for example.)

The racial grievance industry continually promotes its propaganda which, most often, finds fertile ground in the inner cities. As a direct consequence of their false racial narratives, many turn to violence, as we saw in riots stretching from Ferguson to, now, Baltimore.

Apparently the residents of Baltimore have a long history of tension with the police. But, more crucially, there is a generational, not just racial, divide in that city. Teenagers, raised in the petri dish of the welfare state and multiculturalism, have been indoctrinated into believing that America owes them for slavery, which has been abolished for more than one-and-half centuries. Taught that they are victims, they feel entitled to redress. For them, the welfare state is just the beginning.

(What about reparations? Been there, done that: remember the Civil War and the War on Poverty? Time now to stop identity politics.)[5]

Baltimore, like so many urban communities, is beset by competing worldviews, ambitions, and goals. Some are firmly fixed in that distant past of racial grievances and the so-called legacy of slavery. They have adopted a victim mentality and inculcated a sense of entitlement. A feeling that America owes them.[6]

Democrat-controlled cities, failed liberal polices, dysfunctional families and subculture – these are the root causes of the violence we have seen erupt in cities across America.[7]  As a direct result of these policies, the black nuclear family has been decimated and black criminality is entrenched in many communities.

In contrast, others are rooted in a more traditional past, filled with faith and values, optimistic for the future, embracing freedom and personal responsibility. For them, doing the right thing is always the right thing to do, even when it hurts. They value the goodness and greatness of America.[8]

Then there are the anarchists and professional activists who simply seek to destroy or to profit from that destruction.

Balancing Chaos

Baltimore – despite ample warning – was unprepared for the riots. Charles Krauthammer called it “a total failure of leadership” at the local and state levels.

The Mayor of Baltimore followed the leadership style of President Obama[9] and treated the rioters as if they had a right to riot. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake acquiesced to rioters when she said, “We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. We worked very hard to keep that balance.”

She wanted to balance free speech rights and anarchy?

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As Ian Tuttle at National Review observes, “The reaction of the head of the government of Baltimore to the subversion of that government by wanton lawbreaking was to say that citizens were free to violently subvert that government – just as long as they did it in approved areas.”

It was, as one commentator observed, a “complete capitulation” to the rioters and anarchists.

When will the Left learn that coddling criminals invites crime and that appeasement never works?[10] Ask Obama. (Oh, that’s right, he still hasn’t learned that lesson.)

Later, Mayor Rawlings-Blake spoke the obvious: “It’s idiotic to think that by destroying your city, you’re going to make life better for anybody.” But “making life better” isn’t the purpose of riots. Anarchy and destruction are its own rewards.

A “Protestor” by Any Other Name

But how can you solve the problem when you can’t even identify it? It was jarring to hear rioters referred to as “protestors,” even on Fox News.

CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill actually regards these violent thugs as “resisters.” His rationale, which blamed the police and not the rioters, is as follows:

“We also, I think, have to be very careful about the language that we use to talk about this. I’m not calling these people rioters. I’m calling these uprisings, and I think it’s an important distinction to make. This is not a riot, there have been uprisings in major cities and smaller cities around this country for the last year because of the state violence that’s been waged against black female and male bodies forever.”

Hill continued:

“… we do have to understand that resistance looks different ways to different people. And part of what it means to say ‘black lives matter,’ is to assert our right to have rage, and righteous rage, and righteous indignation in the face of state violence and extrajudicial killing. Freddie Gray is dead. That’s why the city is burning, and let’s make that clear, the city is not burning because of protesters. The city is burning because the police killed Freddie Gray.”

The old Leftist argument that one person’s terrorist is another person’s patriot continues to fly in the face of reality and moral truth. Although the Sixties’ counterculturalists and their ideological progeny deny the existence of absolute truth and moral absolutes, their denial fails to change the reality in which we all live.

Haven’t we learned anything from Obama? The President cannot even call Islamic terrorism what it is – terrorism motivated by Islam.[11]

No Justice! No Peace!

Pastor Jamal Bryant concluded his eulogy for Freddie Gray by leading the congregation is a chant: “No justice! No peace!”

That popular slogan, in fact, is flawed and often used to incite violence.[12]

And that violence has been racially tinged. CNN correspondent Miguel Marquez described the mob as “Very, very angry to see anybody driving in a rental car who was not African-American” and said that they were “very, very threatening to us.”

Marquez also observed the generational aspect of the mob: “It was a frightening scene. Young people, male and female, holding rocks, bricks, bottles, sticks.” Most rioters were local youth, not outside agitators

Taking Back the City

The words and actions of people on the ground, politicians, pundits, the clergy, and ordinary citizens inspire hope and confidence.

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Largely ignored by the mainstream media, “Over 100 clergy marched through the streets of Baltimore last night in an effort to end the violence, and they did it without riot shields and military vehicles.”

Clergy, community leaders, and neighbors sought to bring peace back to the community. A group of mature men marched through the desolated city landscape singing the gospel song, I Will Trust in the Lord, which contains the lyrics, “I’m Gonna Treat Everybody Right.”

Prospective GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, a former Baltimore resident, urged, “parents, grandparents and guardians to please take control of your children and do not allow them to be exposed to the dangers of uncontrolled agitators on the streets.”

One commentator urged, “Adults need to step up and be adults.”

Let’s be adults. Let’s “purge” immaturity from our lives and our communities.

Update: “Total Cost of Baltimore Riots: $9 Million in Property Damage, Over 284 Businesses Harmed.”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “I’m Black: Truth Does Not Matter” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5t.

[2]               See “Ann Coulter Takes on the Racial Grievance Industry” at http://t.co/YgG2rpgZIc.

[3]               See “Ferguson: Justice, Race, and Reason” at http://t.co/ksowFPCx62.

[4]               See “Ferguson in Flames” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5I.

[5]               See “Identity Politics Is the Problem” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1l.

[6]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[7]               See “Ferguson in Flames” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5I.

[8]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[9]               See “Is Baghdad Burning? Obama’s Leadership Vacuum” at http://t.co/anrh8hfqtC.

[10]             See “CVE: How to Submit to Jihad” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7x.

[11]             This ultimately leads to Obama’s ludicrous proposition that poverty, not religious fanaticism, is the real reason jihadists behead infidels. See “Root of Evil: Let’s Put ISIS on Welfare” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7s.

[12]             See “Propaganda Kills” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6n.

CPAC: Alleged Christian Terrorists

American Atheists claims to be terrified that Republicans will create a Christian theocracy[1] and it denies America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.[2] It also seriously believes that Christian terrorists pose a serious threat to them.

David Silverman, President of American Atheists, spoke at CPAC 2015 and, in an interview with me, made several astonishing claims. He denied that America was ever a Christian nation, feared that it would become one under Republicans, and asserted that Christians are terrorists.

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Redefining Terrorism

For decades now, the Left has redefined terrorism as something either conservative or Christian in nature.[3] Despite the indisputable nature of the Islamist threat to America and civilization itself,[4] the Left’s preferred bogeyman is conservative Christians.[5] Even in the face of beheading by Muslims in the name of Allah,[6] the Left focuses on alleged Christian terrorism.[7]

Those who charge conservatives and Christians with terrorism typically hold America in contempt[8] and view America as the problem.[9] Just as they are re-writing history as it is taking place, they have rewritten American history[10] to expunge the good and replace it with something else.[11]

Silverman fits the mold and exemplifies the pattern.

Equates Christianity with Islam

According to Silverman, “Christianity and Islam are both religions, they’re both mythologies, they’re both wrong. Neither is better than the other.”

He accused Christians of hypocrisy, saying, “It’s really hypocritical when somebody who’s really very pushy about Christianity criticizes those who are pushy about Islam.”

Qualifying his outrage, Silverman explained, “Christianity is a threat to atheists but to a much lesser extent than Islam is because Islam is younger and Islam is less civilized and Islam has sects of it that are much less civilized than others. There are sects of Islam that are perfectly reasonable and acceptable and peaceful and wonderful – good people. But there are also sects of Islam that are awful. There are also sects of Christianity that are awful.”

But, of course, Silverman was unable to provide an actual example of a Christian sect which is “awful.”

Silverman continued parsing his words: “When we talk about one being a threat over another, it’s actually a misnomer. We’re not talking about Christianity or Islam. We’re talking about sects of Christianity and sects of Islam.”

Silverman continued, “And, yes, there are some sects of Christianity that are quite dangerous to atheists, quite dangerous to the atheists’ civil rights, and quite dangerous to atheists’ health.” But, again, he failed to explain how, exactly, Christians are dangerous to atheists. Though he did raise the specter of Christian terrorists!

Beware Christian Terrorists

Silverman defamed Christians, claiming, “No, Christianity does have to worry about it. A good example is Anders Breivik, who is the guy who shot up all those kids in Norway two years ago. He wrote a Christian manifesto, said he was doing it in the name of Jesus. And the response that we got from some of the Christian Right was, ‘Well, he’s not a Christian.’ Well, he was. He was a Christian just as much as you are, just as much as Bill O’Reilly is.”

Except, that’s a lie. Breivik did not commit terror in the name of Jesus. He committed terror in the name of cultural restoration.

Anders Behring Breivik was not a Christian and he was not part of a Christian sect. The Wikipedia entry on Breivik illuminates the truth:

“The manifesto states its author is ‘100 percent Christian’, but he is not ‘excessively religious’ and considers himself a ‘cultural Christian’ and a ‘modern-day crusader.’ His manifesto states ‘I’m not going to pretend I’m a very religious person, as that would be a lie,’ calls religion a crutch and a source for drawing mental strength, and says ‘I’ve always been very pragmatic and influenced by my secular surroundings and environment.’ Regarding the term cultural Christian, which he says means preserving European culture, he notes, ‘It is enough that you are a Christian-agnostic or a Christian-atheist (an atheist who wants to preserve at least the basics of the European Christian cultural legacy…)’ Furthermore, Breivik stated that ‘myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God.’ Nevertheless, he stated that he planned to pray to God seeking for his help during his attacks.”

In contradistinction to what Silverman thinks, a “Christian” would, by definition, be “a very religious person” and would not consider religion a “crutch.” A “Christian” would not be very “influenced” by a “secular surroundings and environment” and would never use the terms “Christian-agnostic” or “Christian-atheist.”

Breivik’s concerns were cultural, not spiritual. Christianity, to him, was a matter of culture, not faith. He, by his own admission, had no “personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God.”

Christians, by definition, believe that Jesus – the Son of God[12] – died for the salvation of believers. With His resurrection, celebrated at Easter, Jesus rose victorious over death that we might live for His glory.[13] Jesus’ gospel is one of peace,[14] not violence.[15]

Ever the victim, Silverman asserted, “Was Anders Breivik a danger to me? Yes, of course he was. Very much. Just like the Islamists who are chopping off the heads of blasphemers and Christians in other countries.”

Yes, again, Silverman claimed a moral equivalence between Christians and Islamists.[16]

False Charges by Leftists

But this is nothing new. The Daily Beast recently claimed, “Yes, There Are Christian Terrorists.”

Amidst a series of defamatory charges, Dean Obeidallah asserted, “The anti-Muslim militias in the Central African Republic may not get the same attention as ISIS, but let’s not forget that people are still doing awful things in the name of Christianity.”

Most prominent in his assertions, Obeidallah claimed that Christian militias are ethnically cleansing Muslims from the Central African Republic. Just one tiny problem: They are not Christians!

His source material actually admits, “members are drawn almost exclusively from the Christian and animist population. They swear an oath of secrecy and carry ‘gris-gris’ amulets they believe make them immune from bullets and protect them from harm.”

They are not Christians. Calling them “Christian militants” does not make it true.

Obeidallah also brings up the “Lord’s Resistance Army,” which he himself identifies as “a pseudo-Christian cult whose announced goal is to impose the Ten Commandants as the law of Uganda.”

Did you catch that? It is “a pseudo-Christian cult.” It’s not Christian! It’s phony!

But what about the Ten Commandments? Jews and other non-Christians se value in the Decalogue. But what of the LRA? LRA commander Vincent Otti explains, “Lord’s Resistance Army is just the name of the movement, because we are fighting in the name of God.” Notice, he didn’t say which God.

“God is the one helping us in the bush. That’s why we created this name, Lord’s Resistance Army. And people always ask us, are we fighting for the Ten Commandments of God. That is true – because the Ten Commandments of God is the constitution that God has given to the people of the world. All people. If you go to the constitution, nobody will accept people who steal, nobody could accept to go and take somebody’s wife, nobody could accept to kill the innocent, or whatever. The Ten Commandments carries all this.”

In other words, his is a political platform divorced from Christianity and without Christ.

Marie Harf, propagandist for the State Department, also cited LRA as her prime example of Christian terrorism. But National Review pointed out, “Kony [is] a practitioner of Ancholi mystical traditions with 88 wives, a flair for Biblical apocalypticism, and, if we take him at his word, 13 spirits (one of them Chinese) dwelling within him.”

Obeidallah – as so many on the Left are wont to do – also called Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph a “Christian terrorist.”

No, he wasn’t. Rudolph admitted, “I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible.”

Obeidallah also cited the murderer of abortionist George Tiller, claiming, “His killer, Scott Roeder, was a born-again Christian who claimed that he the killing ‘was justified to save the lives of unborn children.’”

In reality, Roeder had a long history of psychiatric illness.

Obeidallah concluded his column, denying reality:

“But we can’t deny reality. There are people who commit acts of terrorism in the name of every faith, whether it is Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism or Islam, even if it’s just terrorist adherents of the latter that gets all the media attention.”

In reality, the world does not have to worry about Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, or Amish terrorists. It does have to worry about Islamic jihadists – hundreds of thousands of them at the very least – who commit jihad based upon a logical interpretation of Islam.[17]

Audio files: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4, Clip 5, Clip 6, Clip 7, Clip 8.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “CPAC: Conservative Atheists Fear Theocracy” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8y.

[2]               See “CPAC: America’s Christian Heritage Denied” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8E.

[3]               See “Terrorism Redefined” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-S.

[4]               See “Terror Strikes America – Again!” at http://t.co/nurkdy0GI6.

[5]               See “’Right-Wing Terrorists’ or Muslim Jihadists” at http://t.co/JriDYcKizd.

[6]               See “OK Beheading? Must be Tea Party Christians!” at http://t.co/JeE8yIckeC.

[7]               See “Right-Wing Islamic Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6V.

[8]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[9]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[10]             See “Columbus Rediscovered” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-4E.

[11]             See “Thanksgiving Day Down the Memory Hole” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5E.

[12]             See “Attacking the Faith: Did Jesus Say that He is God?” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-P.

[13]             See “Resurrection: Life & Liberty, Power & Purpose” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-z.

[14]             See “Jesus, the Prince of Peace,” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6J.

[15]             See “True Meaning of Christmas” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6w.

[16]             See “Reflections on 9/11” at http://t.co/86kIRapYtf.

[17]             See “CVE: How to Submit to Jihad” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7x.

CPAC: America’s Christian Heritage Denied

CPAC 2015 offered a glimpse into the thinking and worldview of those who would totally secularize America.

The “conservative atheist” who wants to “purge” the GOP of every vestige of Christianity also seeks to throw America’s Christian heritage into an Orwellian memory hole.[1]

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David Silverman, President of American Atheists, told me, “America doesn’t have a Judeo-Christian heritage. That’s really a soft term and people are just making it up as they go along.”

Actually, America has a Judeo-Christian heritage going back to its discovery by Columbus in 1492. Columbus was a prayerful Christian who insisted his men treat native populations humanely and he sought to spread the gospel of Christ wherever he went.[2]

Bryan Fischer writes, “The United States was founded as a Christian nation. The historical evidence for this is so overwhelming that only someone resistant to the truth and the facts can refuse to believe it.”

Fischer continues:

“At the time of the founding, 99.8% of the population of the fledgling country identified themselves, to one degree of sincerity or another, as followers of Jesus Christ. And 98.4% identified themselves as Protestants. Catholics represented 1.4% of the population, and the other 0.2% were followers of Judaism. Virtually 100% of those living in America at the time of its founding were adherents of the Judeo-Christian tradition.”

Yes, America’s Founding Fathers were Christians!

Exhibiting multiculturalism and pluralism on steroids, Silverman said, “America is a diverse nation. We are a nation of Christians, and Jews, and Muslims, and Wiccans, and atheists, and Hindus, and Buddhists.”

Why this emphasis? To deny Christians standing in the court of public opinion and to disinherit Christians from their heritage.

To further delegitimize their authority, Silverman twice mysteriously said, “The Founding Fathers were brought.” He obviously wasn’t speaking of slaves. The Founders were all either born in America or freely naturalized. None were “brought.”

As noted by the National Archives, “Most of the delegates were natives of the 13 colonies. Only eight were born elsewhere: four (Butler, Fitzsimons, McHenry, and Paterson) in Ireland, two (Davie and Robert Morris) in England, one (Wilson) in Scotland, and one (Hamilton) in the West Indies.”

Declaration of Independence

Discounting the Declaration of Independence’s core statement of belief in equality under a God who endows human with rights, Silverman emphasized that “the Declaration of Independence is, of course, not the law of the land. It simply declared the colonies independent from England.”

But was it “simply” so? The Heritage Foundation observes that “its true revolutionary significance – then as well as now – is the declaration of a new basis of political legitimacy in the sovereignty of the people.”

That “new basis of political legitimacy” would be profound indeed. “The Americans’ final appeal was not to any man-made decree or evolving spirit but to rights inherently possessed by all men. These rights are found in eternal ‘Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.’ As such, the Declaration’s meaning transcends the particulars of time and circumstances.”

Far too few know that the Declaration was deeply influenced by Scripture. The National Center for Constitutional Studies provides an in-depth analysis of the Declaration’s biblical roots.[3]

The Founders, therefore, saw God as the originator of their rights and the architect of their laws.

First Amendment

To further disassociate the Declaration from any connection with American jurisprudence, Silverman continued, “The Constitution was published nine years later. That is the law of the land.”

He then noticeably misrepresented the First Amendment, saying, “And that is completely free of religion in every respect except to say that Congress shall make no law with respecting the establishment of a religion.”

Did you notice? Silverman quoted the Establishment Clause but did not cite the Free Exercise Clause, which reads: “… or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Why would that be? Because Silverman seeks to prevent Christians from freely exercising their religious rights in the public square. As noted in Part I,[4] Silverman seeks to exclude Christians and other people of faith from the public square, making them second-class citizens.

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story explained the purpose of the First Amendment:

“The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment which should give to a hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government.”[5]

Wall of Separation

According to their website,

“American Atheists, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, educational organization dedicated to the complete and absolute separation of state and church, accepting the explanation of Thomas Jefferson that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was meant to create a ‘wall of separation’ between state and church.”

American Atheists seeks to erect a permanent and immovable wall of separation between government and religion, using Thomas Jefferson’s famous metaphor contained in private correspondence to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. In that letter, Jefferson sought to reassure Christians that the government would not interfere with their living out their faith, writing,

“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”

The purpose of the wall (Jefferson’s metaphor), in Jefferson’s mind, was to protect the worshippers from the government, not the government from the worshippers. As Heritage puts it, “Jefferson placed the federal government on one side of his wall and state governments and churches on the other.”

Justice Story agreed: “My own private judgment has long been (and every day’s experience more and more confirms me in it) that government cannot long exist without an alliance with religion; and that Christianity is indispensable to the true interests and solid foundations of free government.”[6]

If the Framers of the Constitution intended to divorce religion from government, why were there 15 fasting proclamations from 1777-1863 and 37 thanksgiving proclamations from 1775-1989?

Federalism: State Religions

The Founders, including Jefferson, saw the First Amendment as prohibiting the federal government from establishing a religion while permitting the establishment of state religions. Which is, in fact, what happened.

Silverman skirts around the truth, giving lip service to federalism while claiming that the Constitution neuters state constitutions regarding religion. He asserts, “other states made their own constitutions, and those constitutions had overt references to religion and overt references to God. The United States Constitution, which was made after those – and supersedes all of them at the federal level – specifically and deliberately omits all of that.”

If Silverman were correct, all state religions would have ceased in 1789. As the accompanying chart shows, many state-supported churches continued well into the mid- and late-nineteenth century.

StateChurches

A Completely Secular Nation?

Nope!

According to Silverman, “Some people say that they were Christians. Some people say that they were atheists. And none of it matters. Their personal views don’t matter at all. What matters is the Constitution they put together – the law of the land that they created was completely secular.”

Is it true that who wrote the Constitution does not matter? That is sheer nonsense. To suggest that a nation of Christians would create a secular Constitution opposed to faith is folly. The history of the people, their words, and their deeds tell us otherwise.

Consider President John Adams words: “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were … the general principles of Christianity. … I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature.”

Justice Story reveals, “There never has been a period of history, in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundation.”[7]

The very existence of state-sponsored (Christian) religions through much of the 1800s attests to the Christian nature of the American experiment.

America’s Founders (and the population as a whole) were largely religious, mostly Christian, and their faith stirred their endeavors. Looking at the record of the Constitutional Convention – and their subsequent actions upon ratification of the Constitution – we can determine their original intent[8] in creating this law of the land.

In discussing the creation of the Constitution, James Madison wrote, “When the Almighty himself condescends to address mankind in their own language, his meaning, luminous as it must be, is rendered dim and doubtful by the cloudy medium through which it is communicated.”[9]

“It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.”

The brilliance of the Founders was in humbly seeking the counsel of God, looking for wisdom in Scripture, and creating a governing framework which takes into account the fallen nature of mankind and the world.

Recognizing that power corrupts, the Framers provided a set of checks and balances in the form of the three branches of government, a bicameral legislature, federalism, the electoral college, and the like – all premised on a biblical understanding of human nature.

Treaty of Paris

Of course, Silverman used the Treaty of Paris ploy, arguing,

“Furthermore, the first treaty ever signed by America was the Treaty of Tripoli. It was signed by order of George Washington, signed by John Adams, drafted by order of George Washington, it was ratified unanimously by the founding Senate, and it was read in the Senate, and it specifically states that the government of the Unites States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion. It is in black and white, it is in writing, signed by the Founding Fathers.”

Silverman’s smoking gun is not what it appears.

The Treaty of Tripoli says that the U.S. federal government is not Christian. It says nothing about state governments or the nation as a whole. (So many on the Left confuse “government” with “nation.” A nation has a government but the government is not the nation.)

The Supreme Court has consistently affirmed the United States to be “a Christian country”[10] and “a Christian nation.”[11] Moreover, in 1854, The House Judiciary Committee declared the then-recognized self-evident truth that “In this age there can be no substitution for Christianity … That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.”[12]

America Remains a Christian Nation

Leftist secularists are intent upon removing every vestige of Christianity from America, creating controversies over Columbus Day,[13] Thanksgiving Day,[14] Christmas trees, nativity scenes, public prayer, crosses, Santa Claus, the pledge of allegiance, and “In God We Trust.”

Our Founders embraced those sentiments decried by the Left, just as Americans have for over two hundred years. The American people have always been spiritually oriented and the government was intended to support that biblical culture.

In 2001, 85% of the U.S. population was religious. Of those who are religious, 95% are Christian.

According to Under God in the Pledge: “All 50 state constitutions refer to ‘God’ or some higher power. Forty-three states feature these religious references in the Preamble (introductory clause of explanation) of their constitution. The seven remaining states refer to ‘God’ in their religious freedom provisions.”

There are 68 references to God in the U.S. Code.

Today, Christians in America are under assault as never before. Political correctness in America’s cultural institutions – from academia, to Hollywood, to the media – targets Christians for ridicule and “reeducation.” Mob violence in Indiana during Holy Week – in opposition to religious freedom – starkly exposes the extent to which Christianity is under assault.

American Atheists, with its slick propaganda, is allied with those who would purge Christianity from America.

We need to exhibit courage, speak the truth, and fight for what we believe. Let the truth be known that America was and is a Christian nation, and that we want it to remain so!

Audio files: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4, Clip 5, Clip 6, Clip 7, Clip 8.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “CPAC: Conservative Atheists Fear Theocracy” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8y.

[2]               See “Columbus Rediscovered” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-4E.

[3]               See also Pauline Maier, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence, Vintage, 1998, and Gary T. Amos, Defending the Constitution: How the Bible and Christianity Influenced the Writing of the Declaration of Independence, Wolgemuth and Hyatt, 1989.

[4]               See “CPAC: Conservative Atheists Fear Theocracy” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8y.

[5]               See http://www.americanminute.com/index.php?date=09-10.

[6]               Ibid.

[7]               Ibid.

[8]               See David Barton, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution & Religion, WallBuilder Press, 2008.

[9]               James Madison, The Federalist No. 37, 1/11/1788, http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa37.htm.

[10]             See Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, 43 U. S. 127, 198 (1844), http://vftonline.org/EndTheWall/TrinityHistory.htm.

[11]             See Church of the Holy Trinity v. U. S., 143 U. S. 471 (1892), http://vftonline.org/EndTheWall/TrinityHistory.htm.

[12]             Reports of Committees of the House of Representatives Made During the First Session of the Thirty-Third Congress, Nicholson, 1854, pp. 6, 8.

[13]             See “Columbus Rediscovered” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-4E.

[14]             See “Thanksgiving Day Down the Memory Hole” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5E.