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?