Removing History

My mom sent to me the following article. I don’t know who its original author is. If you do, please contact me so I can properly credit the article.

Before I re-post what she sent, let me tell you that I enjoy reading history, especially history of the USA. It’s no secret that Christianity played important roles in the lives of the men who founded the nation’s ruling hand. And I know there are people rewriting that history. This is nothing new. People in power have been rewriting our school textbooks before I was born. And I have some of my grandparents’ schoolbooks that prove it. Even my Grandpa Gentry claimed that the authors glamorized a lot of the history in his old books, to make bigger-than-life heroes and villains out of men and women who were passionate—perhaps over passionate—about their ideals, whether good or bad, and committed upon themselves and others to make changes.

So, what do we do about authors who delete things from the past? If I go to a museum and read letters from George Washington that say he owned slaves and worked them on a plantation, I’ll take it as truth. But if I read in a textbook that Washington never owned slaves, then I’m denouncing the author and telling my child the truth. If slavery—or Christianity or the injustices of war or … ANYTHING in history—embarrasses or offends you, don’t pretend it didn’t happen. Shit happened. It still does. But denying it serves only an injustice to history and a loss of respect from honest scholars like me.

Omitting Christianity From American History

Those of you that graduated from school after the early 60’s were probably never taught this. Our courts have seen to that! But 52 of the 55 signers of “The Declaration of Independence” were orthodox, deeply committed, Christians.

The same Continental Congress that formed the American Bible Society, immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of Scripture for the people of this nation.

Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, “Give me liberty or give me death”; but in current textbooks, the context of these words is omitted.

Here is what he actually said: “An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”

These sentences have been erased from our textbooks.

The following year, 1776, he wrote this: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”

Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote: “I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our creator.”

He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.

On July 4, 1821, President Adams said, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: “It connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this when he wrote, “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: “The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”

William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the “Schoolmaster of the Nation.” Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: “The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our nation, on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free Institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible, I make no apology.”

Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first Harvard University, chartered in 1636.

In the original Harvard Student Handbook, rule number 1 was that students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study the Scriptures: “Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies, is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”

James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this: “We have staked the whole future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”

Most of what you read in this article has been erased from our textbooks.

Revisionists have rewritten history to remove the truth about our country’s Christian roots.

Let’s you and I share the truth of our nation’s history and let it be told.

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