Excellent question, Carl

By Tatiana von Tauber

Often I’ve been told America is and was founded as a “Christian nation”. As a devoted human being to all the people and roles in my life I attend to, I don’t have the time to research everything I want or should know. Good this post  in the Huffington Post  came up to remind me of some facts about American history and prompted my memory bank to dig up these beautiful words by Carl Sagan as written in “A Demon Haunted World” (pg. 428):

“When we consider the founders of our nation – Jefferson, Washington, Samuel and John Adams, Madison and Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and many others – we have before us a list of at least ten and maybe even dozens of great political leaders. They were well educated. Products of the European Enlightenment, they were students of history. They knew human fallibility and weakness and incorruptibility. They were fluent in the English language. They wrote their own speeches. They were realistic and practical, and at the same time motivated by high principles. They were not checking the pollsters on what to think this week. They knew what to think. They were comfortable with long-term thinking, planning even further ahead than the next election. They were self-sufficient, not requiring careers as politicians or lobbyists to make a living. They were able to bring out the best in us. They were interested in and, at least two of them, fluent in science. They attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future – not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed.

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At that time there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10 x 100 = 1,000 Thomas Jeffersons today.

Where are they?”

3 Responses to Excellent question, Carl

  1. Clint says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tripoli#Article_11

    Article 11 reads:

    Art. 11. 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 tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan 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.

    The Senate’s ratification was only the third recorded unanimous vote of 339 votes taken. The treaty was printed in the Philadelphia Gazette and two New York papers, with no evidence of any public dissent.[20]

  2. The Framers knew full well what a “Christian nation” was by way of seeing examples in England, France, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire, and Calvinist Geneva. What they saw in “Christian nations” — prolonged civil wars and institutionalized torture by government officials to enforce religious orthodoxy — repelled them, as it should repel any individual with even the slightest appreciation of history and even slightly more morality than that possessed by a hungry ferret.

    If the Framers had intended to form a “Christian nation,” they would have announced that they were doing so. Instead, they deliberately went out of their way to distinguish themselves from the bloody examples of European theocracies.

  3. teacher says:

    Al Gore, bitches.

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