DeLay: God Wrote the Constitution

Those of you who were educated in public schools may still have the silly idea that the Constitution was written by the delegates to the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia, but Tom Delay knows that “God created this nation [and] that He wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.” That explains why we have a King James Version of that document.

Let me introduce DeLay to John Adams, who wrote this in his Defense of the Constitution of the United States:

The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses…

Unfortunately, Adams was wrong. It will always be pretended otherwise.

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  • iknklast

    Do you think Adams actually believed those words? Or was he just putting them out there to tell people the truth, knowing they would tend to twist it to fit their own religious interpretation? I imagine Adams wasn’t foolish enough to actually believe that.

  • raven

    Who let DeLay crawl out from under his rock anyway?

    Oh well. There are so many fundie xian leader snakes living under rocks that one more isn’t going to make much difference.

  • jnorris

    If god wrote the Constitution then the first three words would be In the Beginning not We the People.

  • Dave Maier

    What’s that Adams quote from?

  • Dave Maier

    Oh, I see, “Defense of the Constitution of the United States” is the name of the document, not a description (cap D should have tipped me off, but italics or quotes are customary here …).

  • I once had the head-banging experience of being told by a person with a PhD in ‘Christian Youth Education’ that the reason our judicial system is the way it is is because the Anglo-Saxons read the Bible and saw the trial of Jesus by the Sanhedrin and thought it was such a good idea. much better than anything they had been using, they adopted the jury system.

    Wha…? No. That’s not right. Let me show you ….

    I don’t need to look. Because I know the Sanhedrin obviously used a jury system just like ours.


    Because the USA was founded on Biblical principals so it had to have been that way!!! Because Jesus!!!


    The liars and unthinkers for Jesus will twist anything to wedge it into their limited worldview.

  • subbie

    Oh yeah? How does John Adams know, was he there?

  • raven

    The reality is democracy isn’t mentioned in the bible even though the concept was commonly known at the time.

    The Sanhedrin always had an odd number. Because they decided by voting. This isn’t in the bible but it is a basic part of Jewish law.

    It says in Acts to obey the rulers and pay your taxes. At that time all the rulers were kings and emperors.

  • abb3w

    For the curious, the Defense by John Adams is available on-line; the quote is from the preface.

  • Mr Ed

    Why did God – the all knowing and infallible – write a document that has been amended. If the supreme being created the Constitution why is there an amendment procedure, does God change his mind. If God created man why are some men only 3/5 of a man. This applies to the bible also, but if God is all knowing why doesn’t the Constitution address future events.

    I don’t think this is god’s best work. It reads like it was written by common mortals.

  • Gwynnyd:@6:

    Given that the Sanhedrin railroaded Jesus with mob tactics, I hope whatever diploma mill gave that guy his PhD is sufficiently embarrassed.

  • kraut

    The constitution was written expressively to avoid the state intruding on the private worship, and here those idiots proclaim a “god given” constitution to justify a theocracy..based on which particular interpretation of “god”.

    They really are devoid of any historical knowledge, otherwise they would carefully stay away from any such claims.

    Remember the “god given” rights of kings and kaisers?

    Dimwits, one and all.

  • eric

    “God created this nation [and] that He wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.”

    God wrote the three-fifths compromise? He wrote that senators were to be appointed by governors?

  • D. C. Sessions

    The Sanhedrin always had an odd number.

    Specifically, seventy.

  • @ Gwynnyd #6

    Long while since I read up the pre-Conquest legal system, but I’m sure that the jury was more like a set of bail-bondsmen than a modern jury.

  • dingojack

    Those priestly classes never were very good at number theory…

    🙂 Dingo

  • dingojack

    Richard – as I understand it the first trial by Jury in England occurred during the reign of Henry II. It seems that a woman had raised a complaint against a group of men, as was the custom of the time they were entitled to bring a bunch of witnesses (including character witnesses) to court on their behalf. Since the crime was a capital one, the church had jurisdiction to try the accused for their soul, but the church was becoming increasingly reluctant to get involved because of the moral complications (amongst other reasons), so a solution had to be found. The Judge empanelled a dozen of the witnesses as a jury (to judge the facts of the case).

    Trial by jury then went out of favour only becoming mandatory for capital cases about 30 years later.

    That’s as I remember it. I could be completely wrong.


  • raven

    wikipedia Sanhedrin:

    The Sanhedrin (Hebrew: סַנְהֶדְרִין sanhedrîn, Greek: Συνέδριον,[1] synedrion, “sitting together,” hence “assembly” or “council”) was an assembly of twenty to twenty-three men appointed in every city in the Land of Israel.

    The Mishnah[2] arrives at the number twenty-three based on an exegetical derivation: It must be possible for a “community” to vote for both conviction and exoneration (Numbers 35:24-5). The minimum size of a “community” is 10 men (the Hebrew term appears in Numbers 14:27; i.e. the 10 spies who had spread a bad report about the land). One more is required to achieve a majority (11–10), but a simple majority cannot convict (Exodus 23:2), and so an additional judge is required (12–10).

    Finally, a court should not have an even number of judges to prevent deadlocks; thus 23.


  • Michael Heath

    abb3w @ 9,

    Your link is broke, at least on my end.

  • busterggi

    You can tell DeLay is a righteous man of god by the drunkeness he shares with Noah and Lot – two of his god’s favorites.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    I dunno which source abb3w used, but I found this version.

  • So, if God wrote the Constitution, then why was it necessary for the states to send delegates to a Constitutional Convention in the first place?

    What’s especially annoying about Delay’s remarks is that he would never say them in a forum where there were people who could challenge him on the assertion and make him look like the fool that he is.

    Anyone who reads the debates that took place over whether to ratify the Constitution would see that at no point do the proponents of ratification rattle off Bible verses to justify each section of the document. They wouldn’t have defended Article VI against those who argued that a lack of a religious test for public office would permit Quakers, Papists, Mohammadens (to use the lingo of the time) and atheists to serve.

    The writers of the Federalist Papers and other written works in support of ratification almost always used Latin names as their nom de plumes. None of them, to my knowledge, used biblical names.

  • Alverant

    The Constitution has people voting for their leaders as well as guarantees of freedom of expression. I don’t remember that in the christian bible. If it’s there, when is God’s term up?

  • abb3w

    Oops; HTML URL fail. Pierce R. Butler turned up the same one, however.

  • cptdoom

    Why did God – the all knowing and infallible – write a document that has been amended.

    Obviously, God limited himself to the Constitution proper, not those dirty, man-made Amendments. After all, those Amendments not only allowed black people to be full citizens, but also enshrined heresy and blasphemy as Civil Rights.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    cptdoom @ # 25 – Except for Amendment # 2, personally enscribed by Jesus.

  • johnhodges

    Whenever I hear from someone that “This nation was founded on Christian principles” I always want to ask them WHAT Christian principles they think this country was based on. Not laying up treasures on Earth, but instead selling all you have and distributing to the poor? Not resisting evil, but instead turning the other cheek? I would ask, “Please quote for me something Jesus taught that we could recognize as a founding principle of the United States.”

    In this case the guy said “Biblical Principles”, so he has a better chance of finding something to quote. But I doubt they would find anything more specific than “the Hebrews had law, so we have law.”

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