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The Great Pillars of American Liberty

Monday, 09 May 2005 12:00 AM

He asserted this as legal proof, under the supremacy clause, that this must be and still is the case – but more than that, with key founder President John Adams' signature on it, a personal, in-your-face testimony against Christians and their incessant claims about God's hand in founding this nation.

Sure, we're all convinced.

Notwithstanding that such a claim contradicts everything in John Adams' writings to the contrary (we'll get to that in a minute), and the rest of the key founders, for that matter, and notwithstanding the testimony of two centuries before our founding, and nearly two centuries after that founding that embraced America's Christian tradition in Congress, in the courts, in presidential speeches, in the public school classrooms, and in state and local governments, without question.

Notwithstanding that little sidestep, here's another: The U.S. does not have and has not had the original copy of this treaty for at least two centuries (it is lost); the two originals that do exist (in Italian and Arabic) have no such phrase, no such clause in the treaty, period.

What we do have is a 'certified copy' written by a man, Joel Barlow, who brought to publication Thomas Paine's diatribe against Christianity, "The Age of Reason," and whose motives might be described as suspect.

The Avalon Project at Yale University, without assigning any motives to Mr. Barlow, notes of the blatant discrepancy:

But returning to Mr. Barlow's motives in penning such a copy upon provisions that did not exist: his connection to the doctrines of the fallen angel Thomas Paine, and his own descent from his former involvement in the ministry into what was then dubbed "liberal Christianity" looms large, and helps unravel "the mystery."

So do a couple of other possible character flaws.

A little over a decade after the signing of the Treaty of Tripoli, in an April 24, 1812 letter from James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, we read of Madison's concerns about Barlow's fidelity to representing America in yet another land, France:

To which Adams retorted, "If he was; I desire that my name may be blotted out forever, from its records."

Finally, the original Treaty of Tripoli of 1805 that IS in our possession, and IS signed by a Founding President, has no such, Barlow inspired, anti-Christian clause.

The bottom line: If this is the best Founding Era ‘proof' these historical revisionists can come up with against Christianity (and John Adams), it is pathetic. – An original treaty signed by Adams that is not the original, not signed by Adams (on the copy in dispute), at odds with both of the originals that we do have, declared by the then American Consul to Tripoli, Leander Cathcart, to be an "extremely erroneous" copy, at odds with the treaty that followed but a few years later, and written by a man whose motives and judgment were suspect. Pathetic indeed.

Equally pathetic is any attempt to attach the noble name of John Adams to a denunciation of America's godly beginnings.

A small sample of the real John Adams reveals just how deep the fraud of the anti-Christian crowd. When Adam's was asked by an educational group of youth to identify America's founding pillars, here is what he answered in a document that CAN be authenticated:

That "Statesmen … may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand."

That "The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity, and humanity."

And, eleven years before Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, "[that rights preceded government], rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws – Rights derived from the great Legislator of the Universe."

Well, these are the roots, the Great Pillars that past and future generations of youth ought to frequently refer back to as learning and science move forward, these "eternal and immutable" principles that lay at the foundation of everything good – lest in the name of progress we pass down to posterity nothing more than a high-brow, high-tech house of cards.

But here's one more vital point: Adams would have nothing to do with the lie that passes around the university and public school system today as solid granite truth, that America's roots go deep into another soil, that of the amoral, libertine, European ‘Enlightenment.' Here is what Adam's said of that ‘illustrious' founding group:

Yet it is to these latter ‘founders' that the ACLU and the revisionist ‘scholars' young and old, who have hijacked America's educational system, and rewritten America's story to fit their Godless, socialist paradigm, would have you and your kids look back to – look back like Lot's wife to the polluted, prideful, despotic people and political philosophies our progenitors barely escaped, back to the land where the battle cry ‘Liberty! Equality! Fraternity!" hid a more absolute, more thorough ‘Tyranny!'

Adams had it right. One pillar of salt is enough. We don't need 300 million more. Not on our watch.

There were other factors at play that may have influenced Joel Barlow to insert such ideas in his "extremely erroneous" copy of the original. Read this insightful article by David Barton at http://wallbuilders.com/resources/search/detail.php?ResourceID=5


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