Bill O'Reilly joins the War on Easter crowd
Although some left-wingers in the media deny it, we have documented a number of cases where Christian holidays, like Christmas and Easter, have been attacked by secular interests. Lawsuits and corporate policies have proved this point over and over again.
The Factor asked Jon Meacham, author of the brand-new book “American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation, “What do you think Benjamin Franklin and George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison would have thought about the ACLU, all right, Pledge of Allegiance, no God, Christmas icons out of the public arena? What do you think those guys would have thought about that?” Meacham responded, “They would have been against it. They would have been against the ACLU taking on the elimination or pushing for the elimination of religious references in the public square. There’s no question. The Declaration of Independence, our founding document grounds the fundamental human rights and the cause for which we went to war against the world’s mightiest empire in the rights that were the gift of nature’s God and endowed by their creator.”
The Factor challenged this idea and asked, “But that wasn’t in the Constitution. Once the ACLU spits at you, if they wanted that, they would have put it in the Constitution.” Meacham said, “You have to read the documents together. You can’t be secular and eliminate the Declaration, nor can you be on the right and read the Declaration and ignore the Constitution.” The Factor wanted this pint made as plainly as possible and pressed further, “So you’re firmly convinced based upon your research that the founders would not approve of the ACLU jihad, pardon the pun, against Judeo-Christian tradition in this country?” Meacham said, “No, I don’t think so at all. I think that what they wanted was religion in the country. They didn’t want it coercive. They did not want it forced on people, because largely for religious reasons. The religious argument for religious freedom is that if God himself did not compel obedience, then no man should try.”
H/t, Think Progress