Tuesday, March 24, 2015


So, today, likely anti-Christian bigoted Forbes.com writer, Rick Ungar attacked Americans who believe that Christians founded America. Worse, Ungar attacked everyone who believes Jesus as a divine being.

To unleash his attack, Ungar first attacked U.S. Senator Ted Cruz because Cruz announced his candidacy to get nominated as the 2016 Republican Party candidate for the Office of the Presidency of the United States while giving a speech at an evangelical Christian university. Ungar wrote,
"After all, how could it when the majority of our Founders were not Christians at all?"
Ungar seems to be suffering from a slew of false beliefs. Ungar falsely believes the second Constitution of the United States is "our founding document." And because Ungar believes such silliness, Ungar believes American couldn't be Christian since the second Constitution fails to include the words, God, Jesus Christ, Christianity, Bible or Creator, the founders of the country were not Christian.

The first attempt at constitution was defined with the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. Clearly, since the second try at constitution, is not the first, the second try cannot be "our founding document."

More so, those of Constitutional Convention drafted a design for the union of States to establish permanent peace among Americans of the various states. To wit, the States delegated and relinquished their rights to lay taxes or duties on "articles exported from any State." As well, the designers agreed that "No preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue to the ports of one State over those of another."  They prohibited states from establishing alliances with other countries including entering "into any agreement or compact with another State or with a foreign power or engage in war unless actually invaded or in such imminent danger as will admit of no delay".

With a rather schoolboy, childish understanding of American and U.S. history, Ungar blathers about "the founders" committing the lame fallacy of appeal to authority for his fallacious argument.

One-time senator as well as president, Warren Harding coined the phrase founding fathers. Harding himself specifically connected spirituality and the founding fathers when he said, "...in the divine inspiration of the founding fathers."

Though Harding gave no definition of who constituted the founding fathers, in a speech to dedicate the unveiling of a statue of Simon Bolivar, a leader in the South American movement for independence, Harding compares Bolivar to George Washington while mentioning Founding Fathers. Again, in a October 19, 1921, speech at Yorktown, Harding says, "unfailing courage which made Washington truly the Father of his country". Further in the speech, Harding mentions Washington in the same sentence as "the founding fathers."

Further, Ungar blathers about "the diests" claiming "majority of the nation’s Founders were Deists, not Christians." Interestingly, key architect of the second constitution, "founder" James Madison, accepted Christian tenets generally and formed his outlook on life within a Christian world view according to a 1990 biographer.

As to the history of America, without doubt, mostly English protestants founded America.  To deny this highly-documented reality either is to express profound deficiency of intellect or to engage in a nefarious attempt at deception.

No one founded any aspect of America for the cause of Buddha, Brahma, Mohammad or Moses and Jewry. No colonies that became states were founded by the worshipers of these. The Jews didn't land at Plymouth Rock nor did the Mohammadans. There weren't a bunch of atheists who set up shop at Jamestown.

William Penn, a Quaker, founded the Province of Pennsylvania specifically for Quakers. With his charter, Penn became the world's largest private landowner. 

Penn governed Pennsylvania from the Frame of Government of Pennsylvania,  which later provided key parts for the second constitution of the United States. With his Frame of Government, Penn sought to create a province of religious toleration and political freedom.

George Carteret and Lord Berkeley, the proprietors of the provinces of West Jersey and East Jersey, which would become New Jersey drafted the Concession and Agreement, a document granting religious freedom to all inhabitants of New Jersey. They did so to entice settlement. Eventually, Berkeley sold his share of New Jersey to the Quakers.

The Catholic province of Maryland was founded by Lord Baltimore who sought to create a haven for English Catholics in Colonial America. The first settlement and capital city had the name St. Marys City.

Christians founded America. No one else did.

As well, almost all of the Christians who founded America were English Christians. And while the Swedes, who lost their colony to the Dutch in war, along with the Dutch might have come to Colonial America strictly for trade, neither lasted. Those left standing were the English protestants and English Catholics. 

Christianity were the driving force in the history of America.  The Christian Protestant movement known as the First Great Awakening happened between 1730s through 1740s in Colonial America. Those of the movement preached an anti-religious trappings message along with a personal relationship message. 

And after the Constitution became the law of the land and the first Congress assembled (1789), the Second Great Awakening began (1790). The rejection of deism by Christian Americans gave rise to the Second Great Awakening.

Contrary to false belief or nefarious deception, one would be hard pressed to find a founding document of America that fails to mention Christian affinity, God, divine providence and Jesus.

The first colonial grant made to Sir Walter Raleigh in 1584 authorized Raleigh to enact statutes to govern a proposed colony provided that such statutes "be not against the true Christian faith now professed in the Church of England." 

The first charter of Virginia granted by King James I in 1606 had this, "We greatly commending and graciously accepting of their desires for the furtherance of so noble a work which may by the providence of Almighty God hereafter tend to the glory of His Divine Majesty in propagating the Christian religion to such people as yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God."

The Mayflower compact made by the Pilgrims in 1620 states, "Having undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith and the honor of our king and country a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia." 

The Massachusetts Bay charter granted by Charles I in 1629 states, Whereby our said people inhabitants there may be so religiously peaceably and civilly governed as their good life and orderly conversation may win and incite the natives of the country to their knowledge and obedience of the only true God and Saviour of mankind and the Christian faith which in our royal intention and the adventurers free profession is the principal end of this plantation.

The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut of 1638-1639 state, "Forasmuch as it has pleased the Almighty God by the wise disposition of His divine providence so to order and dispose of things that we, the inhabitants and residents of Windsor,  Hartford and Wethersfield are now cohabitating and dwelling in and upon the River of Connecticut and the lands thereto adjoining; and well knowing where a people are gathered together the word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union of such a people there should be an orderly and decent government established according to God, to order and dispose of the affairs of the people at all seasons as occasion shall require; do therefore associate and conjoin ourselves to be as one public state or commonwealth; and do for ourselves and our successors and such as shall be adjoined to us at any time hereafter enter into combination and confederation together to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess, as also the discipline of the churches which according to the truth of the said gospel is now practiced amongst us."

The first settlers of Rhode Island agreed to this in 1638, "We whose names are underwritten do here solemnly in the presence of Jehovah incorporate ourselves into a Bodie Politick and as He shall help, will submit our persons lives and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and to all those perfect and most absolute laws of his given us in his holy word of truth to be guided and judged thereby."

The Rhode Island charter of 1663 stated, "pursuing, with peaceable and loyal minds,  their sober, serious and religious intentions, of godly edifying themselves and one another in the holy Christian faith and worship as they were persuaded; together with the gaining over and conversion of the poor, ignorant Indian natives, in these parts of America, to the sincere profession and obedience of the same faith and worship." 

The Carolina charter granted by Charles II in 1663 states, "being excited with a laudable and pious zeal for the propagation of the Christian faith."

In 1778, the Constitution of South Carolina declared "the Christian Protestant religion shall be deemed and is hereby constituted and declared to be the established religion of this State."

Part I Article 3 of the Constitution of Massachusetts of 1780 required "the legislature shall from time to time authorize and require the several towns parishes, precincts, and other bodies politic or religious societies to make suitable povision at their own expense for the institution of the public worship of God and for the support and maintenance of Protestant teachers of piety, religion and morality in all cases where such provision shall not be made voluntarily." 

Article 6 of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of New Hampshire of 1784 required "the legislature to authorize from time to time the several towns, parishes, bodies corporate, or religious societies within this State, to make adequate provision at their own expense for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion and morality."

The famous philosopher John Locke wrote Article 96 for the Constitution of the Carolinas of 1769. Article 96 stated,  "As the country comes to be sufficiently planted and distributed into fit divisions, it shall belong to the parliament to take care for the building of churches, and the public maintenance of divines to be employed in the exercise of religion according to the Church of England, which being the only true and orthodox and the national religion of all the king's dominions is so also of Carolina, and therefore it alone shall be allowed to receive public maintenance by grant of parliament."

The North Carolina Constitution of 1776 stated, "That no person who shall deny the being of God or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this State."

Justices of The New York Supreme Court in Lindenmuller vs The People decreed,  "Christianity is not the legal religion of the State as established by law. If it were, it would be a civil or political institution, which it is not but this is not inconsistent with the idea that it is in fact, and ever has been the religion of the people. This fact is everywhere prominent in all our civil and political history, and has been from the first recognized and acted upon by the people as well as by constitutional conventions, by legislatures and by courts of justice." 

In Updegraph vs The Commonwealth, justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court  ruled, "Christianity, general Christianity, is and always has been a part of the common law of Pennsylvania; Christianity, without the spiritual artillery of European countries; for this Christianity was one of the considerations of the royal charter, and the very basis of its great founder William Penn; not Christianity founded on any particular religious tenets; not Christianity with an established church, and tithes and spiritual courts; but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men."

It is no wonder then, the U.S. Supreme Court justices declared the United States of America consisting of a Christian nation. In the case of Holy Trinity Church vs United States 143 US 471, the justices decreed "these and many other matters which might be noticed add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation."
If you are wondering about me, like Jesus, I am irreligious. And like Jesus, I know the saving force of the law of love.

Disclosure: I am neither a member of the Republican Party nor a donor to it.

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