An Apology

I just read the article about your organization and your book on Truthout.com. I was appalled by the letters you have received from my fellow Christians, although it is quite embarrassing to align myself with Christians of such hate filled vitriol.

I would like to apologize on behalf of Christians everywhere for what you must go through, reading insults and threats of violence to both yourself and your family. Please know that not all Christians feel that way and some of us are Veterans who recognize the good work that you are doing.

Christians DID found this country, but they also put in a clause for religious freedom in our great constitution – for a reason. I feel that you are supporting that document that our entire country is founded on. You must be doing something right for so many to be so threatened by your work.

Again, please know that you and your work is not a threat to Christianity, and some of us DO recognize that.

Respectfully,

(name withheld)

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1 Comment

  1. watchtower

    Interesting way to assert you believe Christians found this country, they, in fact, DID NOT! Such a view of American history is completely contrary to known facts. Separation of church and state is what the founding fathers wanted for the nation, and we must never allow anyone to distort history to make it appear otherwise.

    The leaders of the so-called founding fathers of our nation were not Bible-believing Christians; they were deists. Deism was a philosophical belief that was widely accepted by the colonial intelligentsia at the time of the American Revolution. Its major tenets included belief in human reason as a reliable means of solving social and political problems and belief in a supreme deity who created the universe to operate solely by natural laws. The supreme God of the Deists removed himself entirely from the universe after creating it. They believed that he assumed no control over it, exerted no influence on natural phenomena, and gave no supernatural revelation to man. A necessary consequence of these beliefs was a rejection of many doctrines central to the Christian religion. Deists did not believe in the virgin birth, divinity, or resurrection of Jesus, the efficacy of prayer, the miracles of the Bible, or even the divine inspiration of the Bible.

    These beliefs were forcefully articulated by Thomas Paine in Age of Reason, a book that so outraged his contemporaries that he died rejected and despised by the nation that had once revered him as “the father of the American Revolution.” To this day, many mistakenly consider him an atheist, even though he was an out spoken defender of the Deistic view of God. Other important founding fathers who espoused Deism were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Ethan Allen, James Madison, and James Monroe.

    America wasn’t founded as a Christian nation and many of our Forefathers thank goodness were not, yet America was unfortunately comprised of many believers back then. Liberty allows us to worship freely or not at all per conscience. America was never meant to be theocratic or homogenous religious.

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