An Example of How Religious Patriotism Trumps History
David Gibbs, the founder of the Christian Law Association gives a very dramatic sermon and presentation on the Founding Fathers as devout Christian patriots. I apologize that there is no video with this, but it is still very interesting:
I think Jon Rowe, Eric Isaacson, and any other lawyers will enjoy the part when Gibbs states, "I deal with lawyers every day and they are not nice people, but the founders who were lawyers were very special people."
The most bizarre claim made by Gibbs is that over 1/2 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were hunted down and killed within one year after signing the document. Where in all of God's green earth does he come up with this statistic? After hearing Gibbs make this statement I was reminded of blogger J.L. Bell of the Boston1775 blog and his recent piece on the erroneous essay that circulates our email every 4th of July entitled, "The Price They Paid." The email essay makes the same claim as Gibbs does that half of the signers were killed within a year of signing the Declaration of Independence. In addition, the email essay (and Gibbs) claims that five signers were captured, tortured and killed for signing their names to the treasonous document.
Professor E. Brooke Harlowe does an excellent dissection of how "The Price They Paid" is nothing more than a farce. In his article, Prof. Harlow points out that only one person (Richard Stockton) was ever captured under charges of having signed the DOI. Also, Stockton was not tortured in any way and did not die, but was released from prison. In fact, NOT A SINGLE SIGNER was ever killed by the British. As for those that died within a few years of signing the DOI, their deaths were completely unrelated to their signing the document. Thomas Lynch, for example, was killed after being shipwrecked on his way to the West Indies, Button Gwinnett was killed in a duel WITH HIS OWN MEN over failed military strategy, and John Hart or Thomas Nelson died from exhaustion from their travels during the war.
In addition, Gibbs makes another huge mistake by stating that the Founders coined the phrase "In God We Trust." Honestly, has this guy ever read a history book?
But I think that my favorite Gibbs faux pas is when he mentions James Madison and the freedom of religion. Gibbs states that Madison never wanted a separation of church and state, but that he endorsed the idea that all people MUST exercise their religious beliefs...essentially making America a theocracy.
Perhaps Gibbs should quit reading the ultra-patriotic B.S. emails he gets and actually read the words of the founders. Ever heard of the Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, Mr. Gibbs?