Anyway, our lunch time discussions have changed from friendly to heated. Mainly, its because a couple co-workers are misguided heathens. They prove their heathen-ness by their consistent refusal to admit America was founded as a Christian Nation.
I have tried my best to see the error in their ways, but even cold hard facts can't convince them.
I ask them "what part of 'In God We Trust'" do they not understand. They respond with some mumbo jumbo about that God put on money well after this country's founding and in the Pledge in the 1950's at the peak of anti-communist fever. I say, whatever, its on the money and in the Pledge, so you can't argue with facts. The inception dates do not matter, so case closed on that one.
Then they talk about how many founders were not even Christians, many were Unitarian or Deists. Well, I have never heard of Deists, so that does not change my views in the least. As for Unitarians, I didn't even know they were still around. I have been told they were a liberal church, so I don't see how they could be called Christian. Really, how can you be a liberal and a Christian? I'm sure others have had difficulty grasping this contradiction.
After destroying their arguments one by one, I directed these heathens to a very smart man by the name of David Barton and his excellent WallBuilders site. Mr. Barton has set out to spread the unerring truth that the founders were all evangelical Christians. He even has quotes and beautiful prints proving his points. Here's one of Washington ushering Lincoln up to Heaven..
Mr. Barton has some excellent quotes that are irrefutable. My favorite is one that has been put on the Jefferson Memorial. The important quote is in bold and large font. Don't bother reading the smaller font, its not important.
I promised you a letter on Christianity, which I have not forgotten. On the contrary, it is because I have reflected on it, that I find much more time necessary for it than I can at presentThis quote makes it clear as day that Jefferson was a full blown Christian, which directly infers that this country was and is a Christian nation.
dispose of. I have a view of the subject which ought to displease neither the rational Christian nor Deists, and would reconcile many to a character they have too hastily rejected. I do not know that it would reconcile the _genus irritabile vatum_ who are all in arms against me. Their hostility is on too interesting ground to be softened. The delusion into which the X. Y. Z. plot shewed it possible to push the people; the successful experiment made under the prevalence of that delusion on the clause of the constitution, which, while it secured the freedom of the press, covered also the freedom of religion, had given to the clergy a very favorite hope of obtaining an establishment of a particular form of Christianity thro' the U. S.; and as every sect believes its own form the true one, every one perhaps hoped for his own, but especially the Episcopalians & Congregationalists. The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes, & they believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
But this is all they have to fear from me: & enough too in their opinion, & this is the cause of their printing lying pamphlets against me, forging conversations for me with Mazzei, Bishop Madison, &c., which are absolute falsehoods without a circumstance of truth to rest on; falsehoods, too, of which I acquit Mazzei & Bishop Madison, for they are men of truth.
CLF - 1, Heathens - 0.
Case closed. Nuff said.