Your Opinion: 'Christian Nation' fact and fiction

Dear Editor:

Good news, Mr. Suttles, you have been deceived. Many sources on the web confirm Christianity is growing as well as the largest religious group on the planet. Your brand of Christianity, fundamentalism, is growing faster than most and trying to keep up with the expansion of Mormonism.

Unfortunately, everything else you state in your Nov. 9 letter is also a deception. The George Washington quote you gave was spotted last year on a T-shirt at Glenn Beck’s first Restore Honor rally. Beck took exception to the Huffington Post’s online portrayal but the quote is a fake. Reverend David Barton has it as his number two unverified quotes on his Wall Builders web site. He explains, well Washington made similar quotes. If so, quote those. In other words, it’s another Barton fake.

Suttles glorious quote of Bishop Galloway and the Black Robe Regiment is another fiction from Rev Barton’s Wall Builders site. Try to find a legitimate historical reference to Charles Galloway. Confronted with his many fictions Barton erects new ones. For example, Peter Muhlenberg was an 18th century preacher who put his Bible aside to become in the end a general in Washington’s army and a hero. Not satisfied Barton tells a fabulous fake story of how Muhlenberg went on a preaching circuit to a number of churches. At each one he tore off his vestments to reveal a military uniform and recruit church members. Barton alleges he gained 300 recruits in one day. It’s fiction not supported by any primary source.

In June of last year Glenn Beck met with James Dobson, James Robinson, John Hagee and 15 other high-profile fundamentalists to discuss how he could profile Barton’s Black Robe Regiment. The idea that the American Revolution was won by the Christian Clergy is the point. That is also a fiction. British loyalists called the non-Anglican clergy who rallied Americans against the British crown a “black regiment” or a “black robe brigade.” The term never described a unified fighting force which Barton and others allege.

What’s going on here? The Christian Nation sect approaches the meaning of a cult. The perpetrators of these stories make up their own facts, take issues out of context and use them to promote Christianity as a state religion claiming it was the founders’ intention.

That is not true now (and has never been) but people like Mr. Suttles want to establish that fiction.

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