Recognizing ‘Presidents Day’
Well, in honor of ‘Presidents Day’, and since I am something of a history buff, I thought I would include today a couple of quotes that, when I first saw them, certainly raised my eyebrows. What say you America? Are you sure you know our history as well as you should?
John Adams, in America’s Treaty with Tripoli……
“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”… (bold text all mine).
Excuse me sir? No enmity, no problem with the religion or ‘tranquility’ of Muslims? (That would be Musselmen if you’re over 200 years old.) How disappointing. I still enjoyed the movie though.
The Senate approved the treaty on June 7, 1797, and officially ratified by the Senate with President John Adams signature on 10 June, 1797. All during this process, the wording of Article 11 never raised the slightest concern. The treaty even became public through its publication in The Philadelphia Gazette on 17 June 1797.
And you thought the practice of ‘diversity’ and ‘religious tolerance’ was a modern thing? Nah. Admittedly, John Adams was a Unitarian, but apparently all ‘founding fathers’ didn’t exactly have the glory of God in mind now did they?
Next up, our beloved Thomas Jefferson…
“The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.”
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814
So at least a portion of Scripture is a dunghill? No comment necessary. After all, the man did cut up the Bible and ‘make’ his own, which in years past have been passed on to every new Senator holding office. Are they teaching these tidbits in schools these days? I wonder.
“You say you are a Calvinist. I am not. I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Ezra Stiles Ely, June 25, 1819
I just threw that one in there…
“I can never join Calvin in addressing his god. He was indeed an Atheist, which I can never be; or rather his religion was Daemonism. If ever man worshipped a false god, he did.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823
“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.” –Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823
Finally, Ronald Reagan. I post this picture only to make all aware, if not already, of the first line of his memorial grave site.
“I know in my heart that man is good..”
No sir, Mr. President, that was not true at all. The creation of man was very good, according to Scripture, but man himself is evil, according to Scripture.
Oh! That he had only known the truth!
I know, there are many more presidents, and I have a ton I would love to say about Abraham Lincoln, a.k.a. ‘Honest Abe’, who was not, but, today is just not the day…..yet. Happy Presidents Day everyone.
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