Nelson Price or MDJ? Who to blame?
July 11, 2013 10:22 PM | 1434 views | 4 4 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Longtime MDJ columnist Nelson Price (“Providence and the founding fathers,” July 7) once again misquotes, misrepresents and ignores entirely the complexity of history. He quotes Thomas Jefferson implying that Jefferson was endorsing Price’s views when Jefferson was actually expressing great fear about slavery in this nation. Jefferson had even written elsewhere emphatically opposing the clergy and government/religious entanglement.

Price pretends that Washington and other Revolutionary War era leaders thought that Christianity (or at least theism) was the basis for American government, but John Adams wrote in a published defense of the Constitution that, “It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service (writing the Constitution) had any interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of heaven.”

And Price ignores, as always, the vote by Georgia U.S. Sen. (later Governor) Josiah Tattnall and all his Senate colleagues that “the government of the United States was not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

Since Price never mentions or discusses, much less rebuts, any evidence contrary to his claims, should he be held accountable for his incompetence and dissembling?

Or is it by this point more a failure of the editors of the Marietta Daily Journal to present credible columnists?

Ed Buckner


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Kevin Foley
July 13, 2013
One of the great things about America is that we all have the freedom to believe in whatever God or god we wish, to have doubts about the existence of a supreme being, or, in Ed's case, to believe in no God at all.

As James Madison noted, religion and politics remain purest when they remain separate. Let's drop this divisive nonsense about America as a Christian theocracy.

July 12, 2013
The Senate voted on the Treaty of Tripoli. You have based your entire argument on one statement in the treaty--yes, it was there-- and fail to recognize the time and the circumstances. It was written to assure the Bey of Tripoli that we were not like the countries of Europe.

The Church of England and the power of the papacy over the European countries created suspicions in the Muslim minds. The United States, in the form of Joel Barlow, entered that phrase of appeasement.

It was later removed. To hinge an entire concept on atheism on one sentence in a document written in another time is slim reason to believe that everything comes from nothing.

Further, to force that opinion on others is nothing short of a dictatorship.

Go in peace, brother Buckner and allow others to be at peace too. Erect any structures you will to support your beliefs and they will be tolerated. What is so worrisome to your soul that you must bedevil others in their belief in God?

Let them be. They let you be.

Steve Kendrick
July 12, 2013
If there is one person in this area who gets more ink in the MDJ than regular columnists, it is Mr. Buckner. I have followed his hopeless message for years. The local Church of Atheism needs a new prophet.

And why, with all the faith communities in Marietta, is Dr. Price the only one willing to unashamedly defend and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Too funny
July 16, 2013

Atheism is simply the disblief in all of the 3000 or so gods humankind has ever invented. That's it. Nice try though.
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