The politically correct version of American history has Apollo 8 astronauts reading from “an ancient religious text” and a photo editor busy making alterations to reality for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, according to WND readers.
There was considerable outrage expressed – but little surprise – from WND’s series of articles this week on efforts to edit America’s history to eliminate references to Christianity, and Christians.
The series detailed how guides at the U.S. Supreme Court say the frieze representation of a stone tablet represents the Ten Amendments, instead of the Ten Commandments, and how guides at Jamestown say the settlement was founded for business interests, and how Monticello guides announce that Thomas Jefferson was a strict deist who dedicated his life to keeping the separation of church and state.
Now come responses from WND readers, who note the problem extends far beyond a few guides at a few historic sites.
“While I was in the Smithsonian Air and Space museum, I was reading a placard regarding the trip of the Apollo 8 flight, which looped around the moon on Christmas Eve,” wrote Paul Hardy. “They showed a photo of the Earth from the moon, and the placard said (and I’m not kidding, you can read it yourself), ‘the astronauts had brought an ancient religious text with them and began to read, ‘In the beginning, God created heaven and earth…” AN ANCIENT RELIGIOUS TEXT? Why is it that they couldn’t even say the BIBLE, as everyone knows what that is. My only surprise was that they actually printed the word ‘God’ on the placard. My wife and I laughed at this PC silliness.”
However, he noted the “history” of the Bible, in which God repeatedly lets alone a people who abandon him. “He will not allow this country to do this and still stand free,” he wrote.
Rich Campbell said the U.S. Supreme Court hypersensitivity to the nation’s religious history reminded him of a situation that developed in the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court a year earlier. There, the court published a brochure with the following photograph:
Notice the clarity of the photograph throughout – except for the art behind the justices which lists the Ten Commandments
“The current story on the U.S. Supreme Court reminded me of how the Ten Commandments were purposely blurred out of a photo of Pennsylvania Supreme Court judges in an official brochure last year,” he said.
That document earlier had been cited by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which also made available a photograph of the original art for the representation on the wall behind the judges.
Ten Commandments in the original art
“Every part of the frame is clear and in focus, except for the words of the Ten Commandments. They electronically blurred out that portion of the photograph!” wrote Family Institute President Michael Geer.
“Apparently, those words are simply too offensive to be published in the same photo with Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Justices!” he said. The photograph was from a free brochure handed out by the court, he noted.
Rob Hajicek told WND he had been visiting Boston during a recent outing to historical locations, and there was little eventful until a tour of the downtown Boston area began, and the tour guide announced that the Puritans were just an earlier version of the Taliban.
“Basically what he shared was that the town of Boston loved riots, and John Hancock, as the richest man in the area, was paying men to do these things,” he said. Essentially, “the people who fought at Bunker Hill, Lexington, Concord were displaced people who left Boston because English soldiers took their jobs.”
“[He said] displaced workers were leading the revolution, that kind of thing,” he told WND.
Hajicek was concerned enough that he got “The Light and The Glory – Did God have a plan for America?” by Peter Marshall and David Manuel.
“They just present a totally different picture from the source documents,” he said.
William Dudek said he visited Monticello with his family.
“I found myself constantly hanging back with my three daughters, explaining, embellishing, and correcting the information presented by the guide,” he wrote. “What a sad state of affairs; the historical re-write is going deeper than we ever thought possible.”
“Americans must learn to read original documents and study history for themselves to get the truth,” wrote Martha Barley. “As we are told, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We seem to be fulfilling that prophecy.”
Another historical site visitor, this one to Plymouth, Mass., said the guides “love to use the word ‘myth’ in relation to the ‘First Thanksgiving,’ and – to make matters short – the Pilgrims are now the ‘bad guys’ and the Indians are the ‘good guys.’”
Still another said one shouldn’t worry about erasing Christian influence and witness from history.
“Christians will get beheaded in the end, according to the Bible, unless they get raptured first. Everything’s going perfectly according to a plan,” wrote Anthony Rose. “I’ll tell you who should be worried. The people who think they can erase God and his people from the world He created. Lying, cheating and stealing may overcome honesty, fairness and love for a time, but they lose in the end – real bad. I’ve read the end of the book.”
“I love it when a plan comes together,” he said.
Deb Smith suggested the works of Katherine Millard, who wrote “The Rewriting of America’s History” a few years ago, and since then has produced other books about such revisionism.
“It was shocking then, and getting worse,” she said.
The definitive work was produced by Jim Henderson, senior counsel with The American Center for Law and Justice.
“The Bill of Rights was promulgated to the States by Congress, and contained twelve articles of amendment. The third article of amendment was the amendment we commonly think of as the First Amendment. The reason we think of it is as the First Amendment is that the two amendatory articles preceding it were not ratified during the founding era, and one of them still has not been ratified. But if you go to the National Archives and examine the ‘Bill of Rights’ you will find that document, the one with twelve amendatory articles and in which our ‘First Amendment’ is the third article of amendment.”
“Once we understand this, the nonsensical explanation offered by the Court’s docents (that the tablets represent the Ten Amendments) is eviscerated,” he told WND.
One other reader, who was much shorter in his critique, noted that it appeared that the U.S. was acknowledging Moses, but replacing the Ten Commandments with the Ten Amendments.
“Why would Moses be carrying the Ten Amendments? That would be like saying Moses was carrying a copy of the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, or Time magazine,” wrote Marc Bryant. “Ridiculous.”
His recollection was, he said, that history told him Moses died “a few years” before the Bill of Rights was written.
The issue arose when Todd DuBord, pastor of the Lake Almanor Community Church in California was traveling with his wife, Tracy, and was more than startled during recent visits to the U.S. Supreme Court and two other historic locations to discover the stories of the nation’s heritage had been sterilized of Christian references.
His entire research compilation is available online.
DuBord’s message from July 23, 2006, on this issue can be heard immediately, and for free, on the church website at www.lacconline.org.
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