In order to understand the sinister liberal agenda in their manipulation of the separation of church and state established by the 1947 Emerson vs Board of Education case, we must continue our focus on Thomas Jefferson.
In spite of all the incontrovertible evidence presented so far, modern historians continue to perpetuate the liberal myth that the moral authority for the 1947’s Emerson case lay in Thomas Jefferson. For example,
“…like Voltaire, Jefferson longed for the day when the last king
would be strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
-Prof. Joseph Ellis
“Jefferson hated organized religion. -Paul O’Brien
“Jefferson…It’s very likely he was an atheist. -Mike Weinstein
“His writings clearly prove that he was not a Christian but a
Freethinker” -John Remsburg*
This week I offer the short, uncomplicated evidence which refutes the liberal myth of Jefferson’s hatred for Christianity. My evidence begins in the Bible:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also –Mat6:21
This verse clearly teaches a great, irrefutable fact of human nature: where you spend money, is a clear sign of your heart! Or, as our pastor says, “you can tell where your heart is by looking at your checkbook!” There are few greater absolute facts than your money follows your belief! In other words, in this context---atheists don’t give money to churches or ministries!
What does this have to do with Jefferson’s separation of church and state? The simple but profound connection between heart and money, is eloquently expressed in the marvelous book, Doubting Thomas, by historians Mark A. Beliles and Jerry Newcombe. They cite many of Thomas Jefferson’s financial entries, which prove beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt that he was neither an atheist, nor anti-Christian!
1.In 1777, in support of Reverend Charles Clay, a life-long friend, and the St Anne’s Parish, in his home town of Charlottesville, Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s authored: “Subscription to Support a Clergyman in Charlottesville”. I repeat, this document was written by Jefferson’s own hand, and the people of the town were the target audience. In the document, he officially asked the people to voluntarily give of their finances to support the local church pastor, along with the church’s ministry!! This was a yearly or ongoing financial responsibility, for which, Jefferson was the first, and most generous financial giver!! There were even times, when Jefferson’s account book showed he helped others pay their subscription! Obviously, Jefferson was not only determined, but leading the way to ensure that Rev. Clay’s financial needs were met.**
2.In November of 1777, his account book showed a donation to “Timber Ridge academy, a Presbyterian founded and controlled institution.”** Interestingly, to further highlight this donation, Jefferson was not a real fan of John Calvin or the Presbyterians, not because they were religious, but because, he didn’t care for their doctrine.
3.On August 15, 1779, his account book recorded: “Paid Rev. Charles Clay in consideration of parochial(church-related) services***
4.On 9/301779, his account book showed he “paid for a year” to the sexton of Bruton Parish in Williamsburg.4* The Bruton Parish was a church.
5.On 6/29/1782, his account book showed “he subscribed to a new minister: Matthew Maury, to preach in Charlottesville.” 5*
6.On 9/6/1782, his account book showed he obtained Rev. Maury’s services for a funeral, for either or both his wife and his child.6*
7.On 3/31/1783, his account book showed, he “paid at church”. This was most likely when he was in Philadelphia, at an Episcopal church, under Rev. William White. 7*
8.In 1784, he visited New England, and his account book showed payment to Ezra Stiles, president of Yale college. Stiles was a Congregationalist clergyman.8*
9.In July of 1784, while in France, his account book showed he enrolled his daughter Martha in a Bernadine Catholic convent school called Abbey Royale de Panthemont. 9*
10.In 1789, he retained his children in Catholic monastery in France. His account book records, “Paid at Pathemont in full.” 10*
11.On 2/23/1790, his account book showed, “Paid Mr Maury marriage fee.” Reverend Maury married his daughter Martha and Thomas Mann Randolph at Monticello. 11*
12.In September and October of 1791, his account book recorded “to Rev Matthew Maury 75.5 dollars.” This money was for Rev. Maury; church work; and school fees. Dr Belilies says to translate this amount of money into today’s currendy, we have to multiply by 20. Therefore, the 75.5 dollars is worth $1510.00!!!12*
13.At the end of 1792, his account book recorded, “paid. Mr (illegible) a subscription for missionaries.” 13*
14.His account book also recorded, “Paid Rev M. Maury on account of my subscription for 1793.” This says Jefferson paid a back fee from 2 years earlier…to support Rev Maury! 14*
15.In February of 1798, his account book showed, “paid…subscription of a hot press Bible”.
This refers to a fee paid ahead of publishing a Bible to provide capital, and in return Jefferson’s name was to be listed publicly as a subscriber or advance investor!!! 15*
Of course, his private use of money for preachers, churches, etc., helps explain why he believed in using public/government monies for ministry and evangelism!
In conclusion, do atheists:
…give to churches to do ministry?
…Support Christian schools?
...Pay preachers to do ministry, to bury relatives, to marry their
Somebody is not telling the truth! Guess who??
*Jefferson Lies, David Barton, pg 206. This book is an absolute MUST read!!!
**Doubting Thomas, Mark Beliles and Jerry Newcombe, pg22-24,25
4* Ibid, pg32
6* Ibid, pg34
Skill and confidence are an unconquered army. -George Herbert