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George Washington and Helen Liston's Letter
Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Posted September 14, 2011

In response to Helen Liston’s letter in this last week’s Mason County News, I am stunned by any claim she makes that she would “lay to bed” (put to rest), “the annual squabbling about whether or not this is a Christian nation founded by Christians.” By all means, I will suggest to Helen that she give serious consideration to certain matters. The Roman government and almost all of its inhabitants were quite certain that they were “putting to rest” once and for all any matter pertaining to Jesus of Nazareth. They thought that the world would little care nor long remember what He said or what He had done here. William J. Bennett makes reference in the book, “Our Sacred Honour” to what made this country different from all others, was “a prevalent belief that God played a direct and active hand in founding a people.” In fact, Christians not only had a lot to do with the founding of America, but so much so that many openly confessed “It could not have been done without Christians being an essential part of it.”Numerous statements in Helen’s letter require detailed responses. Within the next few weeks we will fully respond to her statements. Briefly, a few things concerning George Washington must be referenced now. Whether such statements made by Reverend Wilson or attributed to some other source, we reject as false these entire statements. George Washington was neither an infidel nor a deist. Citing a fact made evident by the first-ever compilation of the The Writings of George Washington, published in the 1830s, prepared and published by Jared Sparks (1789-1866), a herculean historical noted writer and historian produce the writings in 10 volumes. Jared Spark’s’ decision to compile George Washington’s works is described by the Dictionary of American Biography. In Volume XII of these writings, Jared Sparks delved into the religious character of George Washington, which included numerous letters written by friends, associates and family of Washington, which testified of his religious character. Sparks concluded, and it is clear from this source that “To say that he [George Washington] was not a Christian would be to impeach his sincerity and honesty.” Within these writings, George Washington’s granddaughter said, “I should have thought it the greatest heresy to doubt his [George Washington] firm believe in Christianity.” Interestingly, Washington’s own contemporaries did not question his Christianity but were thoroughly convinced of his devote faith—a fact made evident in the first ever compilation of these writings. If George Washington were alive today such untrue and unfounded statements could be considered a defamation of character.. . . Much more to come! Tommy Clay

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