in God's Courtroom
An Open Letter to Roy Moore
Having read much about your monument, I decided to educate myself on your ideas much more. Then I read your petition to the United States Supreme Court, which stirred my thoughts. There were some things I wanted to respond to in particular...
You seem to have the understanding that the founding fathers of America were Christian. Well, let me smash that little misconception right now. Quoting Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, "What is it the Bible teaches us?--repine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us?--to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married; and the belief of this debauchery is called faith." [*1] Ethan Allen, the American Revolutionary hero, wrote, "EVERY commentary and annotation on the Bible, implicitly declares its fallibility; for if the Scriptures remained genuine and entire, they would not stand in need of commentaries and expositions, but would shine in their infallible lustre and purity without them." [*2] George Washington, for all that he believed about the supremacy of god, did not believe in your god! [*3] One might say, that if we were to implement George Washington's views, your courtroom should have a monument debunking Christianity!
Thomas Jefferson, another influential character in the American Revolution, was also a non-Christian Deist. He wrote on the absurdity of the Bible, "For example, in the book of Joshua, we are told, the sun stood still several hours. Were we to read that fact in Livy or Tacitus, we should class it with their showers of blood, speaking of statues, beasts, etc. " [*4] Benjamin Franklin was another Deist, whose opinion on organized religion was "I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it." [*5] John Adams is another name that comes to mind when you think of American Founding Fathers. But once again, you'll find a Rationalist and not a Christian. Quoting him, "As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?" [*6]
You persist in these lies about the Founding Fathers. Either you are ignorant of them, in which case you shouldn't be speaking so loudly on their behalf. Or you are aware of their anti-Christian values, and choose to deceive others to move your case forward. The Christian image has always been someone with a Bible in one hand, and a sword in the other. You compliment this very well by adding a mouthful of lies.
What if a Pagan judge wanted to have a ceremony before each court trial? With a sermon that acknowledges and worships many gods? What if a Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist judge did that? In fact, what the founding fathers believed more closely resembled Eastern religion than it did any Western religion. It would be a judge who discusses the Four Noble Truths before each court case, just the way Roy Moore had prayed before the trials in his courtroom. What would you think if, upon entering the place where you seek justice, you find a statue of Jesus having an orgy with members of both genders? This may very well be the Biblical interpretation of the judge, but don't you think it's inhibits those who want justice and the truth? It is odd, that you would want to offend and push away people, when they feel they've been wronged and are seeking someone to hear their grievances. Instead of being brought in and accepted for what they are, before they say a word, they are going to see a monument that belittles their faith and saps their confidence.
If you could please respond, I'd love to hear it. Please tell me what you would think of a Pagan monument describing Thomas Paine's anti-Christian ideals placed in a courtroom.
*1. "The Age of Reason," by Thomas Paine, Part 2, Chapter 3.