I had just finished listening to a news piece on my car radio about a new trend by certain groups trying to rewrite American history when I stopped at my mailbox and found a copy of the Messenger with a picture of a new veterans’ memorial plaque in Alvord on the front page. The plaque reads, in part, “We pray that we put God back in our government.”
I have to wonder who decided all veterans agree with this highly-charged, currently-faddish political statement, but I certainly do not wonder about the education of the person or persons who made this decision.
Perhaps members of the committee that chose the plaque are followers of the foremost U.S. history revisionist and Texas evangelist, David Barton.
Mr. Barton speaks widely and is often seen on so-called religious TV shows rattling off “facts” that are total figments of his historical imagination. Recently on The Trinity Broadcast Network, Barton stated, “You’ve been taught the Constitution is a secular document. Not so! The Constitution is laced with biblical quotations.” Fact is, the U.S. Constitution has exactly zero biblical quotations in it.
Barton has also asserted that the US. Congress paid for and published the first American Bible in 1782. Fact is, Congress never published or paid a dime for the 1782 Bible. It was printed and paid for by Philadelphia printer Robert Aitken.
Barton goes on to claim that Thomas Jefferson was some kind of fundamentalist Christian, when in fact, Jefferson wrote and spoke despairingly many times about Christianity and even wrote his own version of religion called “The Jefferson Bible.”
The facts are, folks, that the United States of America is and has always been ruled by a secular government – the best idea of governance ever devised – based on freedom and justice for all and on a separation of church and state. In the time of the writing of our Constitution, less than half of Americans attended church, none of our founders were religious fanatics and some, like Ben Franklin, were openly agnostic.
As far as bringing any gods into any government, ask veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan what kind of miseries take place daily in nations where religion and government are mixed together.
Groups who want or have wanted more God in government: Taliban, al-Quaeda, the Spanish Inquisition.
Let’s honor our veterans for their service and sacrifices and leave the nut-case drivel out of it.