bearing false witness about the Founders

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Frederick Clarkson's article "Why the Christian Right Distorts History and Why it Matters" at Public Eye notes that "Christian nationalist narrative has a fatal flaw: it is based on revisionist history that does not stand up under scrutiny:"

A running refrain in the revisionist narrative is that somehow the original intention of God and the Founding Fathers has been thwarted by some combination of liberals, judicial tyrants, the ACLU, secular humanists, and more. [...]

It is a powerful piece of political and religious mythology that feeds into another powerful myth - that Christians are persecuted in the United States by the very forces that have thwarted God's plan for America. [...]

But for all of the Christian revisionism that has gone into crafting this narrative, and as popular a notion as it is, there is a problem: the facts of history do not support the myth of Christian nationalism. That is why history has to be revised in the first place.

Joseph Conn writes "Falwell Foolishness" at AU to provide numerous examples that:

Jefferson and Madison loathed the kind of theocratic tyranny represented by Falwell, Pat Roberton, James Dobson & Company. They spent their lives trying to ensure that America never fell under the sway of a politicized reactionary clergy. [...] To suggest that Jefferson and Madison held the same church-state views as Falwell, Gingrich and Barton is beyond ridiculous.

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