More Dishonest History from David Lane

More Dishonest History from David Lane May 24, 2015

David Lane, the powerful Christian right presidential kingmaker, is once again doing his best impersonation of David Barton, spreading lies about American history to “prove” that Christianity was once “the official religion of America” until that damn Supreme Court ruled otherwise.

Did you realize that America’s Founders established Christianity as the official religion of America in the 13 Original state Constitutions?

Then suddenly, following three and half centuries of meteoric rise and cultural distinction, a secular U.S. Supreme Court in 1963 pronounced that the Bible would no longer be the fixed point in which to structure and judge community.

This is the typical trick of Christian historical revisionists of talking not about the U.S. Constitution and what it says but going back to colonial and state constitutions passed earlier. Yes, all of the colonies and most of the early states had official religions (not just Christian, but specific denominations even), but the U.S. Constitution explicitly forbids that at a federal level and it led to the disestablishment of all those state churches. One by one those states repealed their church establishments over the next few decades after the Constitution was passed, the last one being Massachusetts in 1833.

Early America grasped that liberty and freedom depend upon virtue, and virtue depends upon Christianity; this knowledge was considered elementary. Yet eight vainglorious Justices invented, from scratch, an alternative religious system establishing a phony secular morality.

The 8-1 decision to remove the Bible from public school impelled lone dissenter Justice Potter Stewart to admonish, “It led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism.” Justice Stewart recognized that, through the control of education, secularism would impose its views, values, politics, and laws on the people of the United States.

Potter Stewart was full of shit and so is Lane. The Supreme Court did not “remove the Bible from public school,” it said that the government could not force school children to read the Bible against their will. That is hardly the same thing. Remember, Lane is against “big government” and screams constantly about government “tyranny,” but what could be more blatantly tyrannical than forcing children to read a holy book that they don’t necessarily follow? Why does Christianity need the government to force it on children, can’t they be satisfied with teaching it to their own children at home and in their churches? No, they have to force it on other people’s children too. Because as always, when they say “religious freedom” they mean Christian hegemony.

Let’s be completely transparent and unclouded on God’s position on homosexuality:

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22

“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” Leviticus 20:13

So you want gay people put to death as God commands, Mr. Lane? Come on, don’t be shy. Tell us in plain language.

Egregious and scandalous is the Church’s submission to secularists, and the resignation of America’s Founder’s mission, “We do hereby Dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth.” **

Was that said by one of “America’s founders”? Nope. It was said by Robert Hunt, who helped establish the British colony at Jamestown a century and a half before America’s founding. Typical Christian right dishonesty.

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