Are They Serious???

Image © Austin Cline, Licensed to About; Original Poster: National Archives

I ran across this poster while I was researching the public schools issue. While it is very obviously promoting a white male, Christian ideology, I am going to ignore the racist and sexist concerns, and go to the larger, more pervasive problem– the idea that this nation was founded for Christians by Christians. I grew up in this ideology, even though it was only subversively taught through the examples I saw around me, as those whom I was expected to look up to loudly lamented “what is this country coming to?” It happens all the time in highly conservative cultures, especially small-town America.

The very idea that a country, which values freedom from oppression above all, would be founded for the sake of Christianity is absurd. We have all been taught that the  first settlers came to the New World in an effort to escape religious oppression. Assuming that is true, why would those same people want to establish a new oppressive society when they just left one? This poster makes the assumption that this is exactly what the first settlers did. Have the authors of this poster read the constitution? Do they teach it?

The purpose of our constitution for the colonies was to provide a foundation for which individuals could remain free to make reasonable choices within an organizational structure providing for that freedom. The constitution is the work of 55 men, including Thomas Jefferson. Many of these men, including Jefferson, subscribed to Deism; which is not Christianity.

Deism is a religious and philosophical belief that a supreme being created the universe, and that this (and religious truth in general) can be determined using reason and observation of the natural world alone, without a need for either faith or organized religion. (Wikipedia)

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