A Historian’s Reply to Bill Maher


Left-wing bomb-thrower, failed actor, and wannabe comedian Bill Maher recently attacked Tea Partiers and Christians in a rant on his less-than successful HBO television show, the only channel that would air such drivel.

Tea Party viewpoints are “antithetical” to the Founders, according to Maher.  He classifies not the Founders but the “teabaggers” as “a group of exclusively white men who live in a bygone century, have bad teeth and think of blacks as three-fifths of a person.”

His rant continues: “I want you teabaggers out there to understand one thing, while you idolize the Founding Fathers and dress up like them and smell like them, I think its pretty clear that the Founding Fathers would have hated your guts!  And what’s more, you would have hated them.  They were everything you despise.  They studied science, read Plato, hung out in Paris, and thought the Bible was mostly bullsh*t!”  All to uproarious laughter.

The Founders disagreed on many things, Maher reminds us, but one thing they did agree on was that political power must stay in the hands of the smartest people “and out of the hands of the dumbest loudmouths slowing down the checkout line at Home Depot.”

The Founders were not the common man of their day, Maher proudly exclaims, they were super-smart philosophers and learned men, unlike today’s “teabaggers.”

It’s Maher and his ilk that should be running the country, not us dumb ole commoners.

He also used his episode to bash Christianity, a favorite sport of his.  He attacked the “super religious guy Glenn Beck” for dressing up as Thomas Paine, who Maher points out was “an atheist who said churches were human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind.”

John Adams, he continued, “said this would be ‘the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.’  Which is not to say the Founders didn’t have a moral code.  Of course they did.  They just didn’t get it from the Bible.”

But Maher’s leftwing, atheistic views have no basis in historical fact.

Thomas Paine was indeed an atheist, who disliked Christianity.  His pamphlet Common Sense was enormously successful in providing a moral boost to the American cause.  But Paine should not be considered a Founding Father.  A revolutionary, he only came to America from England in 1774 to participate in a revolution that many saw as inevitable.  He was never a member of the Continental Congress, did not sign the Declaration of Independence, nor help form the Constitution.

Maher took Adams’ quote completely out of its context.  Adams had been reading books on different religious viewpoints, and had grown tired of the back-and-forth bickering from the different authors.  He wrote to Thomas Jefferson of his frustration.  “Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, ‘This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!!!’ But in this exclamation I would have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell.”

So you see, Adams did NOT believe the world could exist without religion, and that it would be Hell on earth if there were none.

The Founders did not think the Bible was “bullsh*t.”  In fact, many of the Founders were Christians and read the Bible religiously, contrary to the teachings in our leftwing schools.

“The Bible contains the most profound Philosophy, the most perfect Morality, and the most refined Policy, that ever was conceived upon earth,” wrote John Adams.  “It is the most Republican Book in the World, and therefore I will still revere it.”

According to David Barton, 34 percent of the more than 3,000 quotes used in all founding documents came from the Bible.  That sacred book was the most widely-used source, not Plato.  And of those quotes, most came from the Book of Deuteronomy, the laws of Moses.

The Ivy League schools, today hotbeds of liberalism and anti-Christian fervor, were all originally created to train missionaries to spread the Gospel.  They were not secular institutions.

Harvard College’s “Rules and Precepts” in 1642 contained the following:

“Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, John 17:3, and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all found knowledge and Learning.”

Such an enunciation would be enough to get one fired from Harvard today!

Most of the Founders themselves were devout followers of Christianity.  They were deeply religious men and were not Deists, an Enlightenment religion consisting of a creator god uninterested in the plight of mankind.

Dr. Benjamin Rush, a very influential Founder, established the first Bible Society in America, the purpose of which was to print Bibles and distribute them.  He also founded the concept of Sunday School in America.

James Wilson, who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, established the first law school in America and required the use of the Bible in the curriculum.

Thomas Jefferson, himself accused of being a deist and an outright atheist, began church services in the U.S. Capitol building in which he personally attended.  He signed all his presidential documents “In the Year of Our Lord Christ.”  He also drew up a list of books for the curriculum in the Washington, D.C. public schools.   On that list was the Bible.

Benjamin Franklin, also accused of being a deist, stopped the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention and called for a prayer to seek guidance.  Not something a deist would have done!

For it was not the smartest people the Founders wanted in public service, but Christians.  John Adams stated in his only Inaugural Address that “A veneration for the religion of a people who profess and call themselves Christians, and a fixed resolution to consider a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for the public service.”

John Jay, an author of the Federalist Papers and the first Chief Justice of the United States, believed that “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

When a call was made for the Constitutional Convention, Christians dominated its proceedings.  James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, and a Christian, stated that “The best & purest religion, the Christian Religion itself.”

He was not alone in his religious beliefs.

Christian Delegates to the Constitutional Convention

Abraham Baldwin – Congregationalist

Richard Bassett – Methodist

Gunning Bedford – Presbyterian

John Blair – Episcopalian

William Blount – Presbyterian

David Brearly – Episcopalian

Jacob Broom – Lutheran

Pierce Butler – Episcopalian

Daniel Carroll – Catholic

George Clymer – Quaker/Episcopalian

William Richardson Davie – Presbyterian

Jonathan Dayton – Episcopalian

John Dickinson – Quaker/Episcopalian

Oliver Ellsworth – Congregationalist

William Few – Methodist

Thomas FitzSimons – Catholic

Elbridge Gerry – Episcopalian

Nicholas Gilman – Congregationalist

Nathaniel Gorham – Congregationalist

Alexander Hamilton – Episcopalian

William Churchill Houston – Presbyterian

William Houstoun – Episcopalian

Jared Ingersoll – Presbyterian

Daniel Jenifer – Episcopalian

William Samuel Johnson – Anglican

Rufus King – Episcopalian

John Langdon – Congregationalist

John Lansing – Dutch Reformed Church

William Livingston – Presbyterian

James Madison – Episcopalian

Alexander Martin – Episcopalian

Luther Martin – Episcopalian

George Mason – Episcopalian

John McHenry – Presbyterian

John Francis Mercer – Episcopalian

Thomas Mifflin – Quaker/Lutheran

Gouverneur Morris – Episcopalian

Robert Morris – Episcopalian

William Paterson – Presbyterian

William Pierce – Episcopalian

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney – Episcopalian

Charles Pinckney III – Episcopalian

Edmund Jennings Randolph – Episcopalian

George Read – Episcopalian

John Rutledge – Episcopalian

Roger Sherman – Congregationalist

Richard Dobbs Spaight – Episcopalian

Caleb Strong – Congregationalist

George Washington – Episcopalian

Hugh Williamson – Presbyterian

James Wilson – Episcopalian

George Wythe – Episcopalian

Robert Yates – Dutch Reformed Church

Bill Maher holds a history degree from Cornell but he is not using history for its true purposes – the pursuit of fact – only abusing it in order to attempt to destroy that which he despises. When the left can’t find evidence to support their flawed thinking, they simply distort it, ignore it, or make it up.

Maher should stop accusing Tea Partiers, Christians, and Conservatives of complete ignorance and stupidity, when he himself is guilty of a far more serious offense – outright deception.  But then again, you can’t be a successful liberal without lying!

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