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Letter: Blinded to the self-evident?

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Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:00 am

I agree with Michael Nedderman (Reader reflections, Aug. 10) that atheists are trying to revise U.S. history by falsely asserting that the founders were certainly not Christians (quoting David Diskin’s Aug. 2 letter).

While there were a few Deists among the founders, they were overwhelmingly Christian, just like their 2.5 million constituents in the original 13 states.

I am amazed how atheists, patriots to be sure, are blinded to the self-evident truth of the American theory of government (Americanism): that if our cherished political autonomy, individual sovereignty and unalienable rights didn’t come from the omnipotent, morally perfect Creator of all which exists, that political autonomy, individual sovereignty and unalienable rights, would be subject to alienation by government because it would be the highest authority.

That is the meaning and ongoing effect of the Declaration’s four references to the Christian God. It is why God is indispensable to the American understanding of liberty, which is guaranteed and protected in the Constitution.

Sadly, those who reject the premise of the Declaration of Independence, that the Christian God is the author of our liberty, fail to understand that they are rejecting Americanism’s essential element and, therefore, rejecting the American theory of government itself.

It is Christian concepts, unalterably woven into the fabric of American’s interconnected founding documents, that make our form of government unique in human history, a government that both prohibits a theocracy and guarantees religious freedom while it gratefully acknowledges the providential source of our blessings.

Woven into the fabric of American’s interconnected founding documents that make our form of government unique in human history, a government that both prohibits a theocracy and guarantees religious freedom while it gratefully acknowledges the providential source of our blessings.

Maybe America’s patriotic atheists, who love to revise history to support their erroneous conclusions, will reconsider because ours is truly, indispensably and unalterably “one nation under God.”

Gary Bardon

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