It is unfortunate in this age of finger tip knowledge that many are not educated as to the intent of the founding father.Many try to say the founders were not “Christians” or that they were all “Deist” or even “Atheist”.So what is the truth? Are we a nation founded on Judea-Christian values? How do we determine intent? Read the documents, biographies, federalist papers and the constitution. By delving into these documents we get a glimpse into their thoughts and their intent.
Let’s first look at the actual Declaration of Independence for here we find a clue as to what Thomas Jefferson, a founding father, believed.
In the opening paragraph of the Declaration, written by Thomas Jefferson, we find … “the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Here, Thomas Jefferson references the “Laws of Nature” and of “Nature’s God”. If not a reference to a higher being or to a creator what is this in reference to? It indicates that nature has laws and nature has a GOD or ruler. Why state this in the very first paragraph? Is it because it is important to recognize that our rights are natural rights granted by GOD?
The second paragraph of the Declaration begins with “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,.” Once again a creator of men is mentioned. Not only mentioned but acknowledged as the force giving our founders their rights. In his original draft of the declaration Jefferson said thisiWe hold these truths to be [sacred and undeniable] selfevident, that all men are created equal and independent; that from that equal creation they derive in rights inherent and inalienables, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these ends, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; Rights that include life : the ability to grow, change, etc., that separates plants and animals from things like water or rocks: the period of time when a person is alive: the experience of being alive or as Jefferson wanted it preservation of life.(Can the abortion industry and pro-choice crowd say they are giving life to the innocent babies?) Liberty, freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.2.freedom from external or foreign rule; independence and the pursuit of happiness an effort to secure or attain; quest:the quality or state of being happy.good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.. So the rights granted us by our CREATOR are to live, to be free from intrusive government, and the ability to try to be content or happy.
Thomas Jefferson believed in GOD given rights and that ALL our rights come from our creator. Not true you say? Let’s look a little closer on November 29, 1775 Jefferson said this “Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.“. In the first draft of the declaration he wrote:
“all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights of which . . . they cannot deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.”
So Thomas Jefferson believed in God, the creator and he believed that all inherent rights come from the creator. The argument that the intent of the founding fathers was not that our rights come from God, but from man is not only false but easily debunked.