In re: Passionately defending a made up history

“Spurred by an administration he believes to be guilty of numerous transgressions, self-described American patriot Kyle Mortensen, 47, is a vehement defender of ideas he seems to think are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and principles that brave men have fought and died for solely in his head…

Right there in the preamble, the authors make their priorities clear: ‘one nation under God’ said Mortensen, attributing to the Constitution a line from the Pledge of Allegiance, which itself did not include any reference to a deity until 1954. “Well, there’s a reason they put that right at the top.”

“Men like Madison and Jefferson were moved by the ideals of Christianity, and wanted the United States to reflect those values as a Christian nation,” continued Mortensen, referring to the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison, considered by many historians to be an atheist, and Thomas Jefferson, an Enlightenment-era thinker who rejected the divinity of Christ and was in France at the time the document was written. “The words on the page speak for themselves.”

via Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.

Story from the Onion (so of course its made up, but the underlying concept is so common today it amazes me.) That hits the nail on the head about a man defending his fictional version of the constitution, that sets out the religious origins of the country.  Of course his history and knowledge of the document are probably coming from a single source of ‘news’ so what would you expect.  Like the made up war on Christmas that has been thrown around in recent years (without the effort to do any research on Christmas) the arguments about the religous nature of our country and its founders could well do with a little fact checking themselves.  The part I always think is interesting is that in countries with state religions and that are now wealthy religion is dying, but here where we separated the two it has thrived.  Despite that fact, it seems some folks want a theocracy, which I would warn them might start the slow march towards their demise.

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