America is the only nation on Earth that has been founded on a secular constitution. It’s a piece of history that truly does make me proud to be an American. That’s why it’s dumbfounding to see the large number of people that adopt a twisted Christian version of American history. You may recognize these people from their love of tea bagging, their insistence that fossils are the work of the devil, and a belief that it would take a revelation from God to make anyone believe that murder is wrong. This revisionist history is particularity perverse because it denies the very freedoms that the American government was founded on.
They all seem to use the same language when they talk, so you know that they got it from the same source. And that source is …David Barton. Barton believes that America was a full blown Christian nation until 1963, when the Supreme Court said that schools couldn’t force children to recite prayers to invisible men (this is often misinterpreted by Christian zealots as prayer being banned in schools, which is so mind numbingly wrong that you wonder if the have any kind of conception of equality. Classic straw man argument though: invent a problem, then attack that imaginary problem).
Anyway, I’ve discovered an excellent looking book. “Liars for Jesus: The Religious Right’s Alternate Version of American History” by Chris Rodda. She has heroically taken it upon herself to set the record straight. It seems that the freedom of religion deniers only buy books from their pre-approved Christian bookstore, so I’m sure none of them will ever read it, but I think I’ll pick up a copy to reward her for her hard work.