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May 7, 2014

LETTERS: 'God gave us liberty,' Jefferson said; Personal property returns due

‘God who gave uslife gave us liberty’

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?”

So wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1781 in his “Notes on the State of Virginia.” They are also engraved on the Jefferson Memorial. As president, Thomas Jefferson authorized the use of federal funds to support Christian missionaries to Native Americans. How is it, then, that Thomas Jefferson has become the patron saint of those touting a “wall of separation” between church and state? Only by the radical revision of history and the elevation of various immoralities to legal status.

Even though Jefferson did introduce a specific use of “wall of separation” in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Church, it is clear throughout his writings and memoirs that he never separated government from its Judeo-Christian foundation of morality and ethics. The same is true concerning not only the other founders of America, but also the typical colonial citizen who prized liberty not as the beneficence of some benevolent despot, but as an unalienable gift from God. Once again, the memoirs of numerous colonists attest to this conclusion.

In our time, Jefferson’s “wall of separation” has been perverted into an application for which it was never intended. Revisionists and immoralists seek to inaccurately portray it as a reason to dislodge our American constitutional republic from its Judeo-Christian foundation. We are already seeing just a tip of the disastrous results: youth and young adults playing “knock out” games; swelling poverty among unmarried parents and children; an environment of sexual anarchy marching relentlessly toward the acceptance of adult-child relationships and other perversities; and social anarchy in which responsible citizens are penalized financially and even sometimes criminally. The further we march on the path of unrestrained individual anarchy that rejects Judeo-Christian morality and ethics, the closer we bring ourselves to tyranny. History makes that plain enough: the French Revolution and Reign of Terror; the Soviet Union; Maoist Chinese communism.

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