Revisionists! We see a lot of that going on these days. Political sides champion their man or woman as the best ever, knowing their term was a flop. Smoke and mirrors, words out of context, it all seems like a shell game. Groups claiming hate are usually the most hateful group…smoke and mirrors, day after day, and song remains the same!
Since the mid 1990’s, media articles claim America’s success was due to its long-standing tradition of secularism. Oh, really? An L.A. Times article, titled “America’s Unchristian Beginning” quoted a portion of an April 19, 1817 letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson: “Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been upon the point of breaking out, ‘This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it!'” Adams was commenting on the petty religious bickering between Joseph Cleverly, a schoolmaster, and Lamuel Bryant, a minister. The Times article stopped the John Adams quote there, but as Paul Harvey used to say…now for the rest of the story. Adams’ letter went on to say: “But in this exclamation I would have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean hell.”
So, you see, if you have no morals, no honesty, no integrity, and if your position is anti-Christian and you have a job for the L.A. Times (or any other media outlet), you can write whatever you want, quote the pieces you want out of context, and make people believe America had an unchristian beginning…not a bad gig if you are that type of person! Our mainstream media and professors of higher education are full of that very kind of person!
I once heard an atheist quoting Biblical scripture to support his case. The fact is, you can make the Bible anything you want as long as you take text out of context and leave out the parts that don’t support your argument. Pretty Sweet deal I’d say…until you die!