| THE REVISIONISTS' METHODS
By Ken Williams
Copyright (c) 2012 - All Rights Reserved
When we use the term "revisionist," we are talking about modern historians who have changed our American history to fit into their agenda. If you were to obtain an American history book written before the 1900's, and compare it to one written today, you would barely be able to tell that it is the history of the same country. Our history has been changed to make it almost unrecognizable. They have done this in several ways:
1. An economics based history: In the early 1900's authors began to view our history based solely on economics as an impetus for what happened, eliminating all events which were not economics motivated and the drive which brought them about.
2. All references to religion have been eliminated: Most all of the events of our history were religiously motivated. What we read in modern history books makes no chronological sense without the religious motivation.
3. All black history has been eliminated: Efforts during the past 20 years to reinstate black history have been meager at best. All of the rich black history during and immediately after the Civil War continues to be absent.
4. Our history has been turned into a "victim history:" The emphasis is on all of the bad things which happened, blowing them way out of comparison to what really went on. Example: The Salem Witch Trials. Any modern day book blames those witch trials on the Christian church. However, that is not factual. It was two preachers in Salem that finally got the trials ended. After they ended, the mayor of Salem went to church and repented of his sin, and the judge claimed he had been misled. And by-the-way: 21 so-called witches were put to death in Salem. During the same time period more than 500,000 convicted witches were put to death in Europe (but our books don't bother mentioning that the entire philosophy of trying witches began in Europe).
4. Today's modern historians claim that our founding fathers were athiests, agnostics or, at best, Deists; and that they gave us secular founding documents and a secular form of government.
All of this has led to modern history books which present a slanted, segmented and totally false view of our history. To support these assertions, let me suggest that you read the above lessons on our true American history, and/or check out my book of Essays on Our Real American History, which will be offered at the end of this study.
We have approximately 250 founding fathers. How many have you ever heard of? There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. We used to know and study the lives of each one of them. We don't today because their lives and comments were so religious it would be like going to Sunday School. There were 55 signers of the Constitution. Did you know that 52 of them were pastors, theologians or active teachers in their churches? There were 90 who signed the Bill of Rights. Again most were outspoken orthodox Christians. Another roughly 50 were individals like Patrick Henry of "give me liberty or give me death" fame; and John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who declared that America was a Christian nation, and that Americans should elect Christians to run their governmental affairs. You surely won't read that in a modern history book!
Well, if this is true, how can the revisionists get away with calling our founding fathers "athiests, agnostics and Deists?" It's quite simple. Not all of the founding fathers were as religious as most. It is true that Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were probably the least religious of the founding fathers. Today's histories zero in on these two, ignor the rest, for the most part, and claim that they were all like Franklin and Jefferson. They also take George Washington, about whom nothing improper is recorded in historical records, and villify him, calling him a Deist religiously, and claiming he lived an immoral life.
In the rest of this article we are going to zero in on Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, and show that while they were less religious than most all of the other founding fathers, they were still more religous than most evangelical, Bible believing Christians today. We will also look at George Washington and consider the unsupportable accusations that modern history books make concerning him.
First, however, we need to discover the meaning of this word "deist" which modern historians are claiming for our founding fathers. There are three basics to Deism:
1. The belief in a God based solely on reason, rejecting any supernatural revelations such as the Bible.
2. The belief that God created the world and set it in motion; but now takes no interest in it.
3. The belief in a first cause (God) which is not perfect nor complete; and therefore is not worthy of worship.
That is Deism, which is claimed by today's historians as the religion of our founding fathers. The fact is that we can be pretty sure that most of these authors are quite aware that their historical representations are nothing short of lies.
Let's begin with Benjamin Franklin. Modern historians claim he was a Deist who did not believe the Bible; did not believe in a personal God; and wanted to give us a secular government. Is that true?
1. Benjamin Franklin was a member of a local chuch in Philadelphia, and while he did no attend every Sunday, he did send His tithe (money) to the church each week. However, he did visit at many churches, missing very few Sundays during which he was not in church somewhere.
2. Franklin called for the teaching of Christianity in the public school in Pennsylvania.
3. Franklin was involved in a program to increase chuch attendance across the State of Pennsylvania.
4. At the beginning of the Constitutional Convention, it was Benjamin Franklin who called for the appointment of chaplains for the convention and for daily prayer and Bible reading at the beginning of each session (quite a fete for someone who supposedly did not believe in the Bible).
5. Each time Franklin got up to speak at the Constitutional Convention he quoted from the Bible.
6. Franklin wrote a scathing rebuttal to Thomas Payne's Age of Reason, defending the Christian faith and countering each of Payne's points with Scripture.
7. As Ambassador to France, Franklin recommended that the French Revolution, which followed the American Revolution should be a biblical, Christ honoring revolution as was the American Revolution. Instead it was an athiestic revolution in which hundreds of thousands of Christians were killed just because they were Christians.
8. Benjamin Franklin crossed the Atlantic to address the Brisish Parliment on what was wrong with the Stamp Act. He opposed it based on the Old Testament which outlined biblical taxes. Franklin objected, saying that the Stamp Act was not a biblical tax. It was repealed.
We could go on and on talking about Benjamin Franklin and his comments and actions with regard to religion. But with just these eight things we have mentioned, does this sound like a man who did not believe the Bible, and did not believe in a personal God, and did not believe in Chrstianity? And he, according to modern day historians, is supposed to be the least religious of any of the founding fathers. By the way, one of Franklin's great friends was the Rev. George Whitfield, one of the great revivalist preachers of that time.
Jefferson is said to be the second least religious of the founding fathers. He is even accused of publishing "The Jefferson Bible" in which he cut out great portions of the New Testament with which he did not agree. We will see in a moment that anyone who proposes that theory has either not researched what that book was all about (they are ignorant), or they are outright fabricating a lie. Let's look at Jefferson:
1. It was Thomas Jefferson, as president, who had an outline of the Bible included in the Great Seal of the United States.
2. It was Thomas Jefferson, as president, who insisted on the word "God" in our national motto.
3. It was Thomas Jefferson, as president, who signed a peace treaty with the Kaskaskia Indians in which he offered to send Christian missionaries to evangelize the indians at government expense. That treaty was ratified by the Senate.
4. As president, Jefferson was also school superintendent in Washington, D.C. As school superintendent he ordered that the Bible be the number one textbook used in the public schools of the city.
5. As president, Jefferson closed all documents which he signed with the words, "...in the year of our Lord Christ..." (and then the date).
6. Jefferson was Vice President (President of the Senate) in 1800 when the House and Senate moved into the Capitol building in Washington. He ordered that Sunday church services be held in the Capitol for Representatives and Senators away from home, and open to the public. He hired a pastor, paid by public funds, and ordered the Marine band to play the hymns at the services. Jefferson attended the service while Vice President, and eight years as president.
7. Jefferson was one of the founders of the Virginia Bible Society, with the purpose of printing and making available Bibles to all Virginia residents, and he contrbuted to some of the other 171 Bible societies in the young nation.
8. Let's look at "The Jefferson Bible" in which Jefferson is accused of chopping out large portions of the Bible with which he did not agree. That is a lie provable by looking at the title page. Jefferson did not publish a book called "The Jefferson Bible." Jefferson published a book titled The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. It was not a Bible at all. The title page says it was published for the American Indians to help evangelize them, and Jefferson added that if they would read it, it would change their lives. Oh, and think about this. It was paid for with U.S. Government funds.
We are being lied to, big time, and we have bought the lie.
In 1926, W. E. Woodward wrote a book titled George Washingtn, the Image and the Man. The book pictures Washington as a political wretch, morally bankrupt, godless, and driven by greed and ambition. It identifies Washington's initials (G. W.) as standing for "godless and wanton." It lists all kinds of political and business absurdities and improprieties; sexual trists and more. The most interesting thing about the book is that there is not one single footnote. Instead, at the end of the book where footnotes should be listed, the author writes that no footnotes are necessary because all of these things are common knowledge. The fact is that none of the things the author asserts is true; and there is no evidence of any kind in history to indicate that any of them were even possible.
The following year (1927), a book was published which tore Woodward's book to shreds. It published eye witness accounts (from historical records) concerning Washington's character, morality and his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It took the individual incidents mentioned in Woodward's book and showed that Washington was not even in the cities where Woodward claimed certain events occurred during the time the allegations were supposed to have taken place. The 1927 book should have put to rest the lies advanced by Woodward, but it didn't. In 1930 another derrogatory book about Washington was written. This one did have footnotes. It footnoted the 1926 book written by Woodward as its authority. Since that time more than 100 similar books have been written, each footnoting the 1926, or the 1930 book; all of them igoring the preponderence of evidence prior to 1926; and all giving creedence to the 1926 book for which there is no basis.
Today, virtually all United States history text books used in our schools quote from Woodward's 1926 book, or one of its successors. If Washington were alive today, he would have a foolproof case for slander and libel.
During his life, Washington wrote more than 100 volumes which have since been catagorized into four subject areas: political, social, moral and religious. In his library Washington had over 100 volumes of sermons preached by various pastors. Any Sunday he was prohibited from going to church, he would read one of those sermons to his wife, Martha. Washington an Episcopalian, attended services Sunday morning and evening. He would not see any visitors on Sunday (his holy day), except for one. When Congress was in session, the Speaker of the House would stop by about 9:00 in the evening, and the pair would pray over the various items of business that were set to come before Congress that week. Washington rose at 5:00 AM each day and spent one hour in prayer and Bible reading. Before retiring at night (about 10:00), he could be seen in his study, on his knees before a chair, with an open Bible in front of him. Does that sound like a Deist to you?
The worst kind of lies are the ones which have some truth, and therefore might be believable. One of those less-than-half truths was that Washington must have been a Deist because he used vague names when referring to God. The very fact that Woodward knew that fact would indicate that he had read Washington's writings, and therefore knew that Washington used more than 50 different names for God in his writings, all of them straight out of the Bible. Woodward picked out three of them and said Washington was a Deist because he used those three. Woodward, of course, totally ignored all the others, and also ignored the fact that all of them were biblical titles for God. By the way, if you visit Washington's plantation at Mount Vernon, Virginia, you will be told that Washington was a Deist. Not true!
Woodward also chastised Washington because he was a slave owner. It is true that Washington had more slaves than most - more than 200. But there was a valid reason. Consider the following:
1. Washington was given (willed) a number slaves when he was between twelve and fourteen years of age. Washington never bought any slaves.
2. Washington was against slavery. He was one of the chief leaders of the movement to end slavery in his state. While President of the Continental Congress, he fell one vote short of ending slavery in the south 120 years before the Civil War. He organized and was leader of the Virginia Abolition Society. As President he signed the first federal anti-slavery law.
3. Washington lived in a slavery state. Slaves were considered property, and were willed from one generation to another. If Washington had freed his slaves, they would have been re-enslaved at his death and given to his descendents, or worse, to the state for resale.
4. Washington started out with only a few slaves, but they had children and grandchildren. Washington refused to sell any of his slaves (splitting up husbands and wifes - children from their parents, etc.) as was common in slave states.
5. Washington provided decent living quarters, and land to make a livelihood for his slaves. He also granted them relative freedom. He educated his slaves and their children. Historical records show that he treated them as members of his family.
6. Washington nearly went broke trying to support his little community of slaves. He provided a church for them to worship and taught them the Bible. It is interesting to note that several well know black pastors came from Washington's slaves.
Woodward ignored all of that, blasting Washington; making him look like the majority of willing slave owners in the slavery states. By the way, did you know that 90% of slave owners were white, 6% were American Indians, and 4% were black land owners?
Dispite all historical evidence to the contrary, Woodward wrote a book in which he literally trashed our first president. He did this without a shred of evidence. But today Woodward's lies have become textbook reality.
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MORE SLURS AGAINST OUR FOUNDING FATHERS
I have received another one of those packets of flyers from Publishers Clearing House that seems to be a regular visitor to my Post Office Box. Going through the flyers, an ad for a DVD on the faith of our founding fathers caught my attention. The headline shouted, "One Nation ... Under Which God?" It was the lead in to the title: The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers. I didn't realize there was any "hidden faith." They were right up front with their faith. Then came the description of this 3 hour DVD. It said, "You will be shocked by the truth about the men who built the foundations of our Freedom. Once revered as God fearing Christians - it is now uncovered that George Washington, Ben Franklin and others may have been influenced by much darker forces. Will Christianity prevail? Find out before it's too late!" The picture on the front of the DVD included the faces of the three we mentioned above (Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, with the addition, now, of James Madison.
Madison has become the poster child of the "revisionists." They have labeled him, "the architect of the Constitution." I guess, in their minds, he qualified for that title because he made far more proposals for things to be included in the Constitution than any of the other delegates to the Constitutional Convention - near 100. Of course they do not tell us that three-quarters of his proposals were rejected out of hand by the convention delegates; and the others were modified and wedded with suggestions by the other delegates. Some even try to tell us that it was Madison who put all the ideas together in writing. That is not true either!
Madison was very outspoken about his Christian faith all during his public life. So why would the revisionists choose him to represent their falacious view of our history? At the very end of Madison's life, he recanted some of the things he had done and supported during his public life. The revisionists have jumped on that to suggest that he was admitting that everything he did relating to his Christian faith was wrong.
Just remember, the revisionists are trying to say that 250 founding fathers, who professed and lived their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ openly in the public arena (most of whom were pastors and theologians), were just the same as two of the admittedly least religious and two others whom they have defamed. Our history, as it is currently portrayed, is not just skewed; it is a lie!
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