The American Atheists will dedicate their atheist monument today. We sent a camera crew to capture the moment. Atheists will proclaim to the world that human beings are a conglomeration of atoms with electricity animating the particles. There is nothing special about you and me. All we are is dust in the wind, and today’s courts are making it official.
The American Atheists and our nation’s courts will claim they have history on their side. They will be wrong as these brief examples show:
- Jefferson believed in “the laws of nature and of nature’s God,” that we are “endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable rights,” that there is a “Supreme Judge of the world,” and in “the protection of Divine Providence.”
- “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? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever. . .”
- John Adams wrote the following in his Diary dated July 26, 1796: “The Christian religion is, above all the Religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern Times, the Religion of Wisdom, Virtue, Equity, and humanity, let the Blackguard [Thomas] Paine say what he will; it is Resignation to God, it is Goodness itself to Man.”
- “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized With pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore.”
At the Constitutional Convention, Franklin stood up and said the following: “I have lived . . . a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice [Matt. 10:29–31], is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that ‘except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it [Ps. 127:1]. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel [Gen. 11:1–9]. We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.”
The atheist can’t make a case for atheism among our founders. Most were Christians and others were Deists, but not one was an atheist.
- Notes on Virginia, Query XVIII
- John Adams, The Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L.H. Butterfield (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1962), 3:233–234.
- Letter to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776.
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