2/22/2006

George the Deist

I am really sick of this. I know our past Presidents like Washington and Lincoln talked like they were Christians, but they were not. I hate how some of history lies. My youngest boy, in his curriculum, is fed lies all the time. Look at this sentence where he has to fill in a few words: "He (George Washington) became a brave soldier who prayed and trusted in God." My kids are obsessed lately with asking if this person or that is a Christian. So, naturally, my youngest son asks if George was a Christian. I certainly didn't think so, but I thought I would look it up anyway so I could see for sure. I looked it up on Wikipedia. Here is what I got: He was a Deist. Basically a deist believes that there may be a God of creation, but He does not interfere in our lives---miracles do not happen, reason is paramount. You guys probably know all this. He was an occultic Freemason nut as well. Apparently George went to church with his wife and did not take Communion. In fact, he would step out before Communion would be served. When the preacher noticed this, he mentioned in a sermon that local leaders need to set an example to others by taking Communion and not leaving early. After that George just stopped going to church period on Communion Sunday. He died without a pastor at his side (although that was offered him) and the Freemasons performed his funeral service.

Apparently good ol' George was a strong believer in pluralism as well. That is what we have become a country of, after all. Everything is great, tolerate, and don't offend anyone. Al Qaeda has us all wrong. They think we are a Christian nation for some reason. We really aren't. We never were.

Don't let me go on about Lincoln. I pretty much have nothing good to say about the man. I need to hit the books and get all my ammo right for that one. He was definitely NOT a Christian. Lets just put that to rest right there.

Look at the Washington Monument. What the heck is it? We drive by the thing every week on our way to church, and it just looks weird and Egyptian-like. It is like a Freemason torch. Look at our money full of pyramids and eyes and weird mason malarkey. "In God We Trust"---in any "god", apparently. Wilhelm and I were at the National Cathedral and it was really gross. There was a statue of George in the sanctuary and it was just scary looking. There was a bunch of mason stuff on the statue and what the heck is a statue of George Washington doing in a cathedral? The religion of America is America. I am so sick of Christians trying to Christianize the founding fathers and America. Sure, we are free here to worship Jesus Christ. We are also free here to worship Allah, Buddha, ourselves, rats, elephants, dogs, cats, whatever makes us happy.

I guess the whole curriculum thing makes me a little mad. I need to get new curriculum next year. I don't hate America, I just hate how America is ignorantly viewed as something it is not: a Christian country.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, and hooray!!!
Thanks for telling the truth, even if Homeschool-land never listens to you.
However, the ACLU would dereligionize the founding fathers which is the error on the other extreme with profoundly anti-Christian results.
Religion and God, however He was defined, played a major role in early American culture and government. To say anything else would be wrong.
The general posture put forth today by the media would be that we can have a culture without God, and that is more fair for everyone. They are correct in that we can have a godless culture, but we cannot have one for long. One of two things will inevitably happen: God's judgement falls shortly after His presence is removed and men ignore his commands bringing about their own destruction, or man replaces God with other gods because of the natural spiritual vaccuum intrinsic to mankind.
I suppose a third option would be that both of those things could happen at the same time, which in a nutshell seems to be right where we are in the 21st century.
Prayer and fasting anyone?

Mindi

angela said...

Washington's Inaugural Address to both Houses of Congress, April 30, 1789, would suggest that he was not merely a deist (believing in a nonintervening God), as Thomas Jefferson clearly was, but at the least a theist. Wikipedia, which can be edited by anyone--try it! it's fun!--is not always as precise as one might wish. It is true, however, that Washington's Christianity was in question, although I would never presume to judge any man's faith based solely on his willingness to submit to sacraments.

Here are the relevant excerpts from his speech:

“Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act,

* my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations...

* ...that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes;

* ...In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own;

* ...No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States.

* Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency...

* ...We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained;

* ... since He has been pleased to favor the American people with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquillity, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of government for the security of their union and the advancement of their happiness, so His divine blessings may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.”

R said...

I think you are correct in saying that going to Wikipedia solely is unwise. But it is easy to do and quite fast. I see what you mean with the Deist issue. I kind of don't care about that. My main point is that George is not a Christian. I just don't think so. Maybe I am harsh, but none of the quotes you sent me say Jesus or anything about salvation from sins. It seems that our country is founded on freedom of religion----but whatever religion you choose---Christians need to stop thinking that it was founded on Christianity. I do understand that you were making the point with the quotes that George was not a deist.

I would say that his faith was lacking if he did not take the Sacrament. Most people that are not Christians will refuse---he was a smart man, he knew he should. He probably had faith in something, just not in Christ.