One of the primary methods Progressives use to control the present is to lie to us about the past. This is also one of the primary reasons they seized our schools and our media. This is why George Orwell, a Progressive, said:
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
And one of the key founders Progressives have lief to you about is the real history of Thomas Jefferson, his religious beliefs and his views on the proper relationship between religion and government. How much do you really know about the real Jefferson?
The legend had it that Jefferson cut the Bible into pieces, sewing together the portions with which he agreed and discarding the rest. As it turns out, Jefferson had a long history working with missionaries and, in particular, bringing Christianity to the Native Americans. At one point Jefferson gleaned an idea to produce an abbreviated version of the Bible that only focused on the moral teachings of Jesus Christ with a view toward creating a more digestible, comprehensive volume for the Native Americans he and other missionaries were teaching. Jefferson did so and, at the beginning of the 20th century, his abridged bible was Congressionally re-printed and given to members of Congress upon taking office. The tradition lasted some some 50 years.
It is impossible to refute the information presented by Dr. Barton in this story and in this video because he is simply reporting on the validity of an actual document he holds in his private collection. This is the very definition of objective fact, yet we are told a story that is 180 degrees opposite from the truth. Jefferson once wrote to his nephew, advising him to never trust anyone’s word for anything: to go instead to the original document and read it for yourself. This is the same letter from which this well known quote is taken:
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear… Do not be frightened from this inquiry from any fear of its consequences. If it ends in the belief that there is no God, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise…
In like form, what do you know about the so called Jefferson and the Jefferson Qur’an? Jefferson wanted to understand more about the Barbary Pirates, so he followed his own advice to his nephew and read the Qur’an. But what most people do not know is that Jefferson later commented that he considered the Qur’an and Islam to be a perversion of religion. But today, we are not told any of this because, if we were, many of the foundational arguments of the Progressive movement would be laid low by this nation’s enduring love and respect for the author of our founding document: the Declaration of Independence.