The following is in response to a guest editorial by [name deleted], in today’s “In my opinion” section of the Sentinel Record. The full text of his “Without doubt, a Christian nation” is included in the comments section below. There is also a passing reference to a short letter, also in today’s paper (and also in the comments below), by the too-frequent M. Wayne Spencer. Both of these men are reliable exhibits for the rampant wackadoodlery that is known in our interesting times as the Tea Party. Enjoy and tremble,
– Monsieur d’Nalgar
Or let us so hope. The opinion piece in today’s paper concludes with a challenge to visit www.AmericanVision.org and buy a book entitled “The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of The United States.” Now that’s a mouthful. Must be really, really important! Curious, I wondered just who are these American Vision folks and what’s this book all about?
Here’s a hint. They don’t sell patriotic eyeglasses. American Vision’s mission is to restore America to its “Biblical Foundation” (my quotes). Not sure why “foundation” is capitalized, unless it’s to conveniently scapegoat God and simultaneously absolve “We the People” for all that has transpired over the last four or five centuries. American Vision’s motto is “exercising servanthood dominion” and their vision is of an “America … where Christians apply a Biblical worldview to every facet of society … and teaching them to subdue the earth for the advancement of His Kingdom.”
Well OK then! Sounds a bit ominous to me but then the faux patriotism (dare I say false idolatry) of American exceptionalism usually does. I did notice two [name deleted] listed on the staff page. Coincidence?
But I digress. On to the uncredited 1000-page doorstop “The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of The United States.” It wasn’t mentioned in the opinion piece, but it turns out to have been authored by one Benjamin F. Morris. An investigation of this fellow led to none other than our beloved David Barton. Apparently Morris’ book is a fave of Barton’s and is featured in a fascinating expose of how Barton “and his ilk” are willing contributors/conspirators in perpetuating a mythology that flies in the face of American history: http://candst.tripod.com/franklin.htm.
Benjamin F. Morris, to be so widely quoted, is an elusive figure. Every Barton-huckster out there runs to “The Christian Life…” for their conclusive proofs that Jesus himself whispered the Constitution into the ears of our devout founders, but there is a dearth of information on the Internet about the obscure author of this oh-so-important book. I did finally find this glowing tribute:
Reverend Morris was a historian (1810-1867), son of the Honorable Thomas Morris who was a pioneer opponent of slavery and United States Senator from Ohio. A minister of the Congregational Church, Morris pastored churches in Indiana and Ohio, retiring from ministry when his health began failing. Moving to Washington D.C. with his family where one of his sons became the Assistant Librarian of the Congressional Library, Morris worked as a clerk in one of the Federal Government departments and actively helped the establishment of the Congregational Church in the city. During this time, Morris undertook the epic task of compiling the facts to produce his magnum opus, The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States. For over a decade, he worked tirelessly on this project, out of a concern of the loss of our Christian heritage in civil government and the threat of de-Christianization he saw in our nation’s civil government, law and public life – in 1864! (from http://readoholics.blogspot.com/2010/05/christian-life-character-of-civil.html)
The irony of it all – Morris worked for the Great Satan itself, the Federal Government, and now, armed with his book, you too can knock the ACLU back on its heels! Who’d a thunk it? Incidentally, if you don’t want to rush out and buy the “magnum opus” of Reverend Morris, it is online (and free) via Google books:
Highly recommended as a cure for chronic insomnia. I guess about all this illustrates is that if you set out to prove a premise, the facts don’t really matter. The Internet is a cherry-picker’s delight, providing all manner of fertilizer to cultivate and nourish even the zaniest beliefs. All you have to do is ignore what doesn’t fit – those are just lies and devilish delusions anyway – and stick with “evidence” that supports your pre-ordained conclusions.
Meanwhile, over in Spencer’s corner, Obama’s tepid support of the Egyptian people – how dare they try to rise up against tyranny (our well-sponsored tyrant, of course)!? – is clearly proof that the African imposter wants the American people to riot against the Tea Party. Just trying to contemplate the breadth of that non sequitur leaves me breathless.
Friends, the flurries of flummery (about which I’ve written before) are starting to gather into a blizzard of balderdash. I’m afraid it’s going to be a long winter,