Friday, May 7, 2010
Conviction of Thier Truths by David Barton
James McHenry founded the Baltimore Bible Society, which has since changed its name to the Maryland Bible Society. 62 Notice James McHenry’s forceful declaration on the importance of the Bible in American society:
Public utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach – the obligations they impose – the punishment they threaten – the rewards they promise – the stamp and image of divinity they bear which produces a conviction of their truths – [these] can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability, and usefulness. In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses. 63 Constitution signer James McHenry believed that the Bible was the best preventive against crime and the best safeguard of civil government.
David Barton explains that numerous others who signed the Constitution were also strong christians and are highlighted in other parts of the Capitol. However, before moving downstairs to the original Senate Chamber (now called the Old Supreme Court Chamber), allow one other Founder in the picture of the signing of the Constitution – George Washington – to be the focal point illustrating how revisionism works to create the myth that our Founding Fathers were not Christians.
George Washington’s accomplishments are well known: Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, President of the Convention which produced the Constitution, first President of the United States, and the President who oversaw the creation of the Bill of Rights. Having given fifty years of his life to such prominent leadership roles, he is justifiably called “The Father of His Country.”