The AP Does Not Seem to Know American History

Here’s the lead paragraph in this very short Associated Press article:

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country’s constitutional traditions and that God has been good to the U.S. exactly because Americans honor him.

Is the AP so ignorant of the country’s constitutional traditions that they think Scalia is making news by stating such a position?

It’s clear from America’s founding documents that our founders wanted to do without a state church such as England had (i.e., the Church of England) but it is just as clear that they had no intention of doing without God or religion.

What were the reporter and editor associated with this article doing in their American history classes?

(a 1-minute read; 128 words)


2 Replies to “The AP Does Not Seem to Know American History”

  1. Regardless of his thoughts, religion has no place in politics.
    Religion, of all types, has a place in peoples lives as it should.
    When religion (christianity/islam/etc) becomes embedded into politics it will only be a short time before mankind uses it as it has been used in the past as a tool of power instead of a tool of kindness.
    Lets hear it for mankind?!

  2. Your argument is not with me or even Scalia. It is with our founders. Here’s just a sampling of their thoughts on the subject:

    It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
    – George Washington (1732-1799)

    I have examined all of the Bible as well as my narrow sphere, my straightened brains and my busy life would allow me. And the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world. It contains more of my little philosophy than all the libraries I’ve seen, and such parts of it I can’t reconcile to my little philosophy I postpone for future investigation. (taken from his letter to Thomas Jefferson, Christmas Day, 1813) ***
    Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law-book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited!…What a Utopia; what a Paradise would this region be!
    – John Adams (1735-1826), second president of the United States

    [The Bible] is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.
    – Patrick Henry (1736-1799), American attorney, politician, and orator for independence

    Were you to ask me to recommend the most valuable book in the world, I should fix on the Bible as the most instructive, both to the wise and ignorant. Were you to ask me for one [book], affording the most rational and pleasing entertainment to the inquiring mind, I should repeat, it is the Bible: and should you renew the inquiry, for the best philosophy, or the most interesting history, I should still urge you to look into your Bible. I would make it, in short, the Alpha and Omega of knowledge. ***
    For nearly half a century have I anxiously and critically studied that invaluable treasure [the Bible]; and I still scarcely ever take it up, that I do not find something new – that I do not receive some valuable addition to my stock of knowledge; or perceive some instructive fact, never observed before.
    – Elias Boudinot (1740-1821), American lawyer, statesman, and founding father; a president of the Continental Congress

    “The Scriptures tell us righteousness exalteth a Nation.”
    – Abigail Adams (1744-1818), wife of the second president of United States and mother of the sixth president

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