Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rewriting Founding Documents

I have already recommended D. A. Carson's book, The Intolerance of Tolerance. He tells the story of Robert P. George attending a meeting of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. There Professor George found a pamphlet distributed that included the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and the Constitution. But he noticed that the editors had removed the words "under God" from the Gettysburg Address. Carson comments (p. 142):
It is hard to avoid the conclusion that powerful figures and institutions are willing to rewrite our history and even our foundation documents in order to achieve the secular order for which they long.
There are many efforts to rewrite founding documents to make them more amenable to secular ideologies. One needs to be aware and wary of such efforts.