Nation founded on religious principals
The atheist Tom Waddell, president of the Maine chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, in his diatribe of Aug. 3, says that the United States has a secular heritage. If he were to review the founding documents, he would find the Christian God and principles on practically every page. This includes The Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution (which had deficits corrected by amendments). Separation of church and state was mentioned only by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptists to assure them that the government would not interfere in their religion. The U.S. Constitution reflects the Mayflower Compact. The early settlers to this country came here so that they could practice their Christian religions in peace and to get away from state-run churches. They wanted to freely be able to depend on Almighty God.
The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution “prevents Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise of religion, or abridging the freedom of speech…” In other words, we are free to express our Christian beliefs and mention God in government circles or anywhere else.
Atheists DO have a god. He and his angels, the demons, are mentioned in many places in the Bible. He is called the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), Satan, the devil, Beelzebub, etc.
Mr. Waddell wanting to give the invocation for the session of Legislature to ask the Devil to bless the work of our Legislature when the Devil tries to do the opposite is utterly ridiculous.
For the Kennebec Journal to fill Godly M.D. Harmon’s spot on the editorial page with an atheist is also ridiculous!
Comments to “Nation founded on religious principals” letter
(It’s nice to know there is a supportive community out there for our point of view)
Do you pick and choose what parts of the bible we go by or do we go by the bible 100% ?
Thank you all so much for your supportive comments. It’s amazing how an attack on a voice of reason can bring out the best in people. Keep up the good work and thanks again.
My my, how the heathen rage at a simple explanation of the Godly origins of our country. Good for you Mr. Boynton.
Mr. Boynton’s delusion is stunning. Mr. Boynton, if you stop trying to dehumanize your fellows as demon worshippers, you will see that we are just like you, only not so intolerant. The purpose of the separation of church and state is to stop the tyranny of the majority (Christians) over minorities (Jews, non-believers, Muslims, and others), plain and simple. Who could say fairer than that? Why must Christianity dominate through political force? Is it so unsure of itself?
“The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” From the Treaty with Tripoli, 1796 (within 10 years of the Constitution.) It was passed unanimously by the Senate and signed by the President. It was printed in major newspapers of the time without any angry letters to the editor or opinions denouncing it.
The author of this letter is wrong.
It is curious how the letter-writer completely ignores the line against “any law respecting an establishment of religion”, which Thomas Jefferson called a “wall of separation” between state and church. You can believe your fairy tales. Just don’t ask the rest of us to play along.
Good for Tom! Freedom of speech and freedom FROM religion – you need to actually know our history and that the King of England was the head of the Church of England. Then there was this little revolution that occurred… You also might take some time to read our Constitution and see why amendments have been made. There is one easy example – the three-fifths clause (Article I, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution of 1787). Then speaking of the Bible how about – Whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Exodus 31:15, or And the man that committed adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committed adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20: 10-12 (wonder what President Trump thinks about that one). Anyways, have a nice day ;)!
You’re using your Bible to explain to atheists what they believe? You don’t get the irony?
Taking your bible literally has already caused enough harm.
Yet again, the grandiose propaganda drum beat continues. The origin theory of a religious nation is based on the convergence of common law traditions with religious incompatibles in England during the religious wars in Europe. However, the fact is of the original thirteen colonies, only four were conceived as religious refuges: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. All of the rest were chartered as economic opportunities for members of the English ruling class.
Even though Maine was then part of Massachusetts, it was initially a penal colony for non puritans who would not fight during the King Philip War. Colonists were summarily removed from their homes and forcibly settled along the various rivers along the Maine Coast and ordered to make sawmills that made lumber for the King’s Navy. Of course This does not fit the romantic notion of tough WASP fishermen carving out a Maine civilization, but The “real Maine at the time was the Siberia of New England.
I’ll have what you’re smoking.