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A History Rewritten

Is it any surprise that with the shredding of the American Constitution and the removal of our Christian heritage in the public sphere that even now tour guides for important historical artifacts can’t get it right? It’s rather disheartening, especially when one knows that the Founder’s plan was a country built upon the precepts of the Christian faith, and that in today’s society, that faith is mocked and repudiated at every turn.

Pastor Todd DuBord, chaplain for Chuck Norris’s enterprises, was part of an American Heritage tour recently, and encountered a tour guide that made the following, false assertions, among others:

  • George Washington didn’t attend church.  (In fact, he attended Christ Church, just a few blocks away from Independence Hall, with other notable historical figures like Betsy Ross, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, to name a few.)
  • No one could really know for sure the Founder’s religion, and that it was open for interpretation. (Many of the Founding Fathers left notes, letters, diaries and writings that confirm their Judeo-Christian belief system, including, most telling of all, George Washington’s “Farewell Address” as president.)
  • As slave owners, founders such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson couldn’t be Christians. (The tour guide failed to mention that the Founders struggled with the issue of slavery—a legal institution at the time—and wished above all else that the vile practice be abolished, an unattainable goal at the time.)
  • Benjamin Franklin was a deist. (In his letter to Ezra Stiles in 1790, Franklin’s response flatly contradicts this statement. Franklin affirmed his belief in one God, Lord of all, and that He was to be worshipped.)

This is not the first instance of DuBord encountering tour guides with no understanding of their American heritage or the Founder’s plan for the United States. In 2006, DuBord told World Net Daily News that he was dismayed to “discover the stories of the nation’s heritage had been sterilized of Christian references.”

Tour guides for the Supreme Court told visitors that the marble frieze above the justices’ bench showed a tablet with ten Roman numerals, five down each side, and that this tablet represented the first ten amendments to the American Constitution. This was blatantly wrong. According to a 1975 official Supreme Court Handbook, this tablet represents the Ten Commandments.

It’s time we learned the truth about this nation, about her founding, and the brilliant government model that the Founders instituted in this country, a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. For a wonderful series that tells the whole truth about the American Constitution, our American heritage, and the Christian foundation of this country, visit and order John Eidsmoe’s book Christianity and the Law of the Land.

And then teach your children what it means to be an American.

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  1. Just got finished reading a book by Dr. Randy White called The Antichrist and it is scary how so many of the things are coming to fruition… just so you don’t have to look it up:

  2. I have wondered many times if history and history books are not the only books being rewritten. I know that there are many different bibles, but I thought, “I wonder what they are rewritting in the bible itself.” I finally pulled out my great aunt Ada’s bible that was printed in 1898. It gives me peace of mind and helps me feel connected to the past so I don’t forget where we came from or what our ancestors fought for.

  3. I have mixed feelings on this matter that I am still sorting out. First, all history is rewritten by whoever dominates through out the world. Our nation was most certainly founded in a much stronger Christian era, and founding fathers had faith in God – most with a Christian world view, others with a deist world view. The recognition that power corrupts is a result of sinful human nature is clearly the intent of the division of governmental power into the three branches of legislative, executive and judicial.

    However, I do not believe that the founding fathers wanted a Christian nation, for nation can be Christian until the Lord returns. Rather, they wanted a Republic that minimized government interference of the free sharing of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of citizens.

    We must also remember that some of the founding fathers, such as Alexander Hamilton, wanted a strong federal government that the bankers could control. So we can not generically say, “the founding fathers wanted a Christian nation.” The tug of war between two camps existed in the beginning. The Federalist Papers are frequently cited, but we forget the Anti-Federalist Papers written by those who did not want to discard the Articles of Confederation for the Constitution. They feared a strong central government and predicted both a Civil War as a result and a growing tyranny with exorbitant taxation worse than under King George.

    While the Republic has been transformed into a corporate fascist government today, the wisdom of all the founding fathers is still found in the basic structure of the Constitution. I think it is a red herring to those who embrace fascism to speak of a Christian nation. It is wiser to speak of the Rule of Law under a Republic where all are free to pursue their lives as they see fit without government interference.

    • You make an interesting point, Alex. But where does that rule of law come from if not from our Judeo-Christian heritage? Your foundation has to be built on something. I agree that the Founders did not want a theocracy, and yes there were divided camps on the issue of the Constitution, but in the end, the foundation of this country was it’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

      • Miss,
        First, I think it is a bad idea to use the expression, “Judeo-Christian”, even though I use it, too. What Christians mean by that is “biblical”, i.e., Old Testament and New Testament. Judeo refers to “Judaism” which is not the same thing as the Old Testament. Judaism refers to the rabbinic interpretations of the Old Testament as found in the Talmud and the oral traditions of the Mishna. Judaism was represented by the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes who railroaded Jesus in a kangaroo court and crucified Him. Paul and other New Testament writers warned of the Judaisers who sought to introduce legalism into the faith of Christ. God died, through Jesus Christ, (Rom 7) to the Mosaic Covenant and is no longer in covenant with the Jews. The covenant remains, of course, but all who try to live in the covenant are doomed to the Lake of Fire for rejecting Jesus Christ.

        Second, I agree that the Christian culture and Christians were an integral part of the drafting of the Constitution. However, the writers reached out to all people by basing their design upon both British Common Law and Natural Law which are common sense recognitions of laws in nature and society. No one wants to be murdered or have their property stolen in all societies. This is universal to mankind and bears witness to the conscience in all people.

        I am not dismissing or denying the place that Christianity has played in our history. Rather I am encouraging the common ground that all can agree upon. The framers of the Constitution drew upon many other documents, Plato’s Republic being just one other.

  4. And while we are still bickering over the “haves/have nots”, our world is still going to shit. How far do we take this? All the way to the grave, where nothing will have been decided? I don’t think that’s what was intended.
    Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has an a**h*** too. Big deal. We still founded our country on the 10 Commandments. We no longer even acknowledge them in our system, because they step on someone’s toes. And the farther we get away from these principles, the further our country goes to hell.

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