Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Phyllis Schlafly on the Declaration of Indepedence

She calls it "the official and unequivocal recognition by the American people of our belief and faith in God" which "affirms God's existence as a 'self-evident' truth that requires no further discussion, debate or litigation" — America's Great Religious Document. More:
    The nation created by the great declaration is God's country. The rights it defines are God-given. The actions of its signers are God-inspired.

    The Declaration of Independence contains five references to God: God as Creator of all men, God as supreme Lawmaker, God as the Source of all rights, God as the world's supreme Judge, and God as our Patron and Protector. The declaration declares that each of us was created --so if we were created, we must have had a Creator and, as the modern discovery of DNA confirms, each of God's creatures is different from every other person who has ever lived or ever will live on this earth.

    The declaration proclaims that life and liberty are the unalienable gifts of God, natural rights, which no person or government can rightfully take away. It affirms that the purpose of government is to secure our God-given unalienable individual rights.

    For the first time in history, our declaration reduced government from master to servant. Government was proclaimed to derive its powers only from the consent of the governed.

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Anonymous walt said...

Note the differences in the language that happens between the mid 1770's to the ratification of the Constitution. LRC writer, Dr. Gary North, pointed out years ago in his book, Political Polytheism, that the US Constitution was the first gov't charter that did not mention God or Providence. He explained that the authors of the Constitution ,being Deists, saw no reason to include God in the document since God is the a "Celestial Watchmaker", who set the world on its course ages ago. Henceforth, man being in the image of God the Clockmaker, could construct new systems of gov't and other institutions which could balnce and run themselves. The phrase "system of checks and balances" comes from the mechanical construction of clocks in the 1600 and 1700's. The chapter that I found this information is titled "The Theological Origins of the US Constitution" from the same book. I've never heard of any other historian discussing this subject.The closest that I've read is Donald Delia's The Spirits of 1776: A Catholic Inquiry, where he profiles the religious beliefs of the Founders incl. Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Charles Carroll among others.Usually, when I read authors discussing the Masonic roots of the Constitution, it's mainly overstretched "conspiracy" theories and fanciful "Manly P. Hall" type history. Yawn. Dr. North's book was much better sourced and made for more interesting reading.

4:19 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Very enlightening, pun intended.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Since walt brought up the theological origins of the US Constitution, it's interesting to note that many scholars consider the political writings of St. Robert Bellarmine to have profoundly influenced the writers of the Constitution (whether they realized it or not).

11:04 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Fascinating! Do you have any books or links?

11:58 AM  
Blogger Procopius said...

I'd check the work of Paul Gottfried (yes of Lew Rockwell) who is a leading expert on the political philosophy of Bellarmine and the modern liberal order.

11:58 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Procopius, thanks for the tip, which is both helpful and surprising.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Jesuit was a key influencer in the founding of the US? Quick, somebody get the conspiracy theorists riled up. This will be hilarious! Far from being subverted by the New World Order and the secret Jewish/Jesuit/Illuminati cabal, the US has been under their control from the very beginning.

1:44 AM  

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