David Diskin begins his Aug. 2 letter accurately: “Pastor Frank Nolton recently suggested that our country was founded on Christian principles.” However, Diskin concludes his atheistic epistle with this amazing affirmation clearly intended to imply opposition to Pastor Nolton’s position: “This is not a nation founded upon Christ.”
Oh, how atheists love to worship the Divine Strawman.
To say this country was founded upon “Christian principles” and “biblical truth” is not to say it was founded upon Christ or “the Christian religion.” Diskin and his band of merry atheists (who helped prepare his letter) have to know that.
Furthermore, to say that the overwhelming number of founders were Christian (affirmed by Pastor Nolton — denied by Mr. Diskin) and that they, quite naturally, used their Christian mores and worldview when creating our unique form of government, is not to say that America was founded upon Christ.
In the body of his letter, Mr. Diskin ostensibly sets out to falsify Pastor Nolton’s premise but does so by misrepresenting the (1) teachings of Jesus Christ, (2) Declaration of Independence, (3) the Constitution, (4) the Treaty of Tripoli (see Nedderman’s Aug. 10 letter), (5) the founders in general, (6) most of today’s Christian leaders, (7) U.S. history and (8) Pastor Nolton’s position with a volley of acerbically delivered, off-point, biblical references. Can it get any worse?
Within the context of his letter, Diskin’s final sentence (“Ours (America) was founded upon ‘We the People’) provides an excellent example of how a statement can be both true and highly misleading:
First, the “We the People” upon whom the Constitution is founded are those from the Declaration of Independence who “ ... are created equal ... (and) ... endowed by their Creator ...” Of course, Diskin must reject that essential self-evident American truth.
Second, the God of the Declaration is explicitly identified in its last paragraph as “the Supreme Judge of the world” — the providential God who endowed every American (even Diskin) with the unalienable rights the Constitution protects. Clearly, that is not Jefferson’s indifferent Deist god — it’s the Christian God of the majority of the Founders.
Jefferson wasn’t writing for himself — and he knew it.