And That Is Per The Words Of The Men Who Framed It
This is a subject that comes up more and more frequently these days. If you pay attention, you will hear the claims such as “Our founders were not Christians.” Or you will hear something like “The founders deliberately designed a secular government.” And worse, you will hear people saying that they have a right to freedom from religion and that this means the government must be secular. It is sad that the majority of those who make such claims also think they are grounded in logic and reason. It is sad because the truth is that none of these claims are true, and that means nothing about them is grounded in reason. It is sadder still that this is not my opinion; it is the bold and clear assertion of the men whose character is being maligned and whose history is being re-written to push these lies. And that leads to the most ironic aspect of this issue. The people pushing these lies are actually doing the very thing they claim they want protection from: using the government to push their religion onto the whole of the American people.
Let me start by sharing just a couple stories that illustrate the problem:
“I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular government,” he proclaims in the radio spot, which is airing all month on “The Randi Rhodes’ Show,” a progressive radio program.
The banner reads: “At this season of the Winter Solstice, we celebrate the birth of the Unconquered Sun — the TRUE reason for the season. As Americans, let us also honor the birth of our Bill of Rights, which reminds us there can be no freedom OF religion, without having freedom FROM religion in government.”
Now,hear Jefferson, Adams and Franklin’s rebuttal: read the rest.