Thursday, March 01, 2007


The Perils of Religious-Right Revisionism

Many of the depraved individuals who inhabit Red State Rabble assume that Thomas Jefferson was a deist. Those individuals (you know who you are) also believe, falsely as it turns out, that the third president is responsible for building the famous wall of separation between church and state.

How wrong you are!

"The real Thomas Jefferson," writes D. James Kennedy, "it turns out, is the ACLU's worst nightmare."

Jefferson may not have been a "true" Christian says Kennedy, but he "was a true friend of the Christian faith."

Despite the best efforts of those like D. James Kennedy, and others on the religious right, the movement to Christianize the country, the Constitution, and the founding fathers, may have run into an unexpected roadblock.

In an article published yesterday in The New York Times Nicholas Wade asks, "Was Thomas Jefferson the first Jewish president?"

"Researchers studying Jefferson’s Y chromosome," reports Wade, "have found it belongs to a lineage that is rare in Europe but common in the Middle East, raising the possibility that the third president of the United States had a Jewish ancestor many generations ago."

Does this fact of Jefferson's linage presage a change in tactics on the part of D. James Kennedy and his fellow revisionists on the religious right?

Will we now be hearing about Jefferson's participation in a diabolical Jewish "conspiracy" to undermine Christianity in the fledgling democracy? Could this too be part of the plot to indoctrinate students "in an ancient Jewish sect's beliefs," otherwise known as evolution, heliocentrism, and the Big Bang?


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