Newsweek misquotes the Constitution while trashing those who believe we should follow it.
Posted by iusbvision on October 17, 2010
Newsweek is a joke, has been for a long time, and they prove it almost every week. Reporting on or correcting the nonsense in that magazine is so easy and has been done so many times that it is no longer news or novelty for blog sites and watchdog groups. With that said, at times elite media journalists display such profoundly bold levels of ignorance that it provides some amusement for thinking people.
In Newsweek’s October 17, 2010 issue is an article titled “Tea Party evangelists claim the Constitution as their sacred text. Why that’s wrong“. It has all of the predictable misinformation that is commonplace among the progressive secular left claiming that the Constitution is a rabidly secular document and people who actually want to follow it shouldn’t be taken seriously anyways. In fact that go so far as to state the following:
The Constitution is a relentlessly secular document that never once mentions God or Jesus
Guess who has never read a Constitution….
So here we go to knock this one out of the park. http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html:
Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth.
“The Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven” is a direct reference to Jesus Christ. They just didn’t say “we did it in 1787” the Founders went out of their way to say that it was the year of OUR Lord and so strongly believed that the birth of America was an act of Divine Providence that they dared to draw the moral connection from the birth of Jesus to the birth of the United States when they said in the same sentence “and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth”. To run those two events as together as they did shows the Founders belief that the sacrifice of His Son and the birth of the United States are two great holy acts worthy of being side by side in the same sentence. The Founders were master word-smiths and chose their words very carefully as their writings show us again and again.
So lets talk about those “rabidly secular Founders” for a moment shall we? Dr. John Eidsmoe, Professor of Constitutional Law:
In a study that appeared in the American Political Science Review back in 1984, two political science professors, Dr. Donald Lutz and Dr. Charles Heineman researched 15,000 writings, letters, diaries, sermons and other works that were written by various leading Americans from 176O-1805. Their purpose was to identify quotations to find out who the founding fathers were quoting’ where they got their ideas, what authorities they were most impressed with. They found that by far the most widely quoted source in the founding fathers’ writings was the Bible. Thirty-four percent of all quotations came out of the Bible. And the book of the Bible they quoted most often was the book of Deuteronomy. Now most of us don’t go around quoting Deuteronomy a great deal today, but Deuteronomy is the book of the law. And they were writing about law and government.
The Founders did give us a guide as to how they expected the Constitution to be interpreted and understood. James Madison, Jon Jay, and Alexander Hamilton wrote “The Federalist Papers”, a series of essays on each facet of the Constitution and the law; an instruction manual to the Constitution. It explains now just how it should be interpreted but the reasoning and legal philosophy behind the Constitution itself. It should be pointed out that public schools do not teach The Federalist Papers and even political science students at universities only glance over a few of the topics discussed in it. make no mistake that this is no accident. If the Federalist Papers were taught as a proper civics course in public schools it would result electoral losses for Democrats in coming years. What better way to destroy or get around the Constitution than to make people forget it?
Federalist Paper author Jon Jay was the first Supreme Court Justice. He was the founder of the American Bible Society.
Federalist Paper author and signer of the Constitution Alexander Hamilton founded a group called the Christian Constitutional Society. Of course those who know history understand that the group was short lived due to Hamilton’s untimely death.
Federalist Paper author and signer of the Constitution James Madison was a seminary student. Madison is referred to as “The Father of the Constitution” as most of the ideas for its form came from him. Madison studied Hebrew so he could learn to increase his understanding of Biblical Law.
So do you still think our foundation of law is “rabidly secular”? Let us examine the Federalist Papers essays themselves. Federalist numbers 1,2, 5, 10, 18, 19, 31, 51, 57 and 69 have references to God, Christianity or Religion. The Founders made speeches and wrote thousands of letters to each other explaining the divine nature of our system of law and America’s founding. [Editor’s Note – the Federalist Papers is very difficult to understand due to the differences in the language and the state of education. An easy to read translation of The Federalist Papers by Mary E. Webster is a great resource for those new to constitutional law studies.]
One example is George Washington’s First Inaugural Address, perhaps Newsweek would be so arrogant and foolish to claim that George Washington just didn’t understand the Constitution:
No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those 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; and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted can not be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage.
Clearly it was Washington’s view [As was the view of almost very one of the Founders] that the Constitution itself is Divinely inspired. What you see here is just one reference of several in Washington’s Address. I encourage everyone to go and read the entire speech.
Washington reaffirmed this view in the Thanksgiving Proclamation as ordered by Congress:
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. – President George Washington, New York, 3 October 1789
Of course one cannot leave this subject without the mention of the Deceleration of Independence which …well it speaks for itself:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the LAWS OF NATURE AND OF NATURE’S GOD entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
[Editor’s Note – notice that the violations committed by the King that are listed in the Deceleration of Independence are deemed a violation of God’s Law. I encourage all of you to read the violations listed as they discuss a right to a jury trial, free commerce, rights of travel, rights of due process etc; indeed the same rights that are enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Newsweek and progressive secular leftists would have you believe that the rights which are considered God’s Law by the Founders in the Deceleration were somehow magically transformed into being “rabidly Secular” by the same group of people just a short time later at the signing of the Constitution.]
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by THEIR CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed –. . .
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the SUPREME JUDGE OF THE WORLD for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our SACRED Honor.
Is there any doubt that the so-called journalists and editors at Newsweek are pinheads? They could not even quote the Constitution of the United States properly and it would have taken them only 10 seconds to punch the text of it up on the internet. The Deceleration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, the thousands of letters and speeches by The Founders are all at their finger tips. As are the minutes of the debates the Founders logged while these documents were created. Are the people at Newsweek merely pinheads or are they liars? You will have to decide that for yourself. One thing is clear, their subscriber base has rendered its decision as Newsweek’s circulation dropped 52% from 2007-2009 alone.
Benjamin Franklin, To Colleagues at the Constitutional Convention
All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, 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, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?
Rabidly secular my ear…