25 March 2011

Jefferson Favored Christianity

“No nation has ever yet existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has been given to man, and I as Chief Magistrate am bound to give it the sanction of my example.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

**Up next: Tea Party Rebuttal - Part Two 


Michael Aubrecht said...

Richard I hope you read my additional comments on this subject that I posted in your absence. I can't wait to hear your defense of Bachmanns latest gaffe. Also please check out my post on quotes as they are far too often used out of context during these debates. For example your quote here by Jefferson can be contradicted by another quote from Jefferson which can also be contradicted by another quote from Jefferson.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Michael - no, I have not read it, but I will. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I don't know if you're mistakenly confusing political gaffes by politicians with the broader principles of the Tea Party or intentionally erecting a straw man. I have no intention of defending Bachmann's gaffes. They speak for themselves. But that has never been what my TP posts were about. I believe the gaffes you are pointing out are little more than distractions to the urgent message of the TP. Moreover, I'm not sure why you give the other end of the political spectrum a pass. You seem hesitant to call out President Obama for his historical gaffes. How come? Certainly he is in a much more powerful position than Bachmann and a rag-tag bunch of political neophytes and, therefore, his historical gaffes are even more "damaging." The "accountability factor" is much higher for him than it is for the targets of your criticisms.

My quote on Jefferson was not, as you will see, taken out of context. I think your supposed contradictions is what is being taken out of context. While Jefferson was certainly not an evangelical Christian, he was no deist and he believed Christianity to be the best guiding principles for a constitutional republic.

Moreover, on this particular subject, one has to consider the actions of an individual along with his statements and quotes to see if there is a general political philosophy that matches both. In Jefferson's case, as with most of the Founders, that would certainly be true when it comes to Christianity and our founding principles - including law.

Michael Aubrecht said...

I won't be able to blog tomorrow so I posted an advance comment (a bit tongue-in-cheek) linked back to your site. I look forward to reading your rebuttal but the boy is in from college for the week and he asked me to take him to the MOC tomorrow. :)

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Family first. The MOC is a great place. Enjoy the trip.