The Mystical George Washington
'Even if the rest of the world continues to ignore us, we will fight on.
For we are fighting not only for ourselves but for all mankind.
We are fighting for freedom and human dignity
and the right to worship the God of our choice.'
written at Valley Forge
(Speaking of George Washington) 'His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man.'
-- Thomas Jefferson (on George Washington in a letter to Dr. Walter Jones, 2 January 1814)
'Do not let any one claim to be a true American
if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics."
Praying at Valley Forge
While browsing the web I came upon a website called
Reverse Spins, the work of William C. House.
On the subject of the character of our first President,
George Washington, he shares the following articles.
"I was riding with Mr. Potts near to the Valley Forge where the army lay during the war of ye Revolution, when Mr. Potts said,
'Do you see that woods & that plain?
There laid the army of Washington. It was a most distressing time of ye war, and all were for giving up the Ship but that great and good man. In that woods (pointing to a close in view) I heard a plaintive sound as of a man at prayer. I tied my horse to a sapling & went quietly into the woods.
To my astonishment I saw the great George Washington on his knees alone, with his sword on one side and his cocked hat on the other. He was at Prayer to the God of the Armies, beseeching to interpose with his Divine aid, as it was ye Crisis & the cause of the country, of humanity & of the world. Such a prayer I never heard from the lips of man.
I left him alone praying. I went home & told my wife. We never thought a man could be a soldier & a Christian, but if there is one in the world, it is Washington. We thought it was the cause of God & America could prevail."
Source: Eyewitness testimony of Isaac Potts, a Valley Forge resident who shared the following story with the Rev. Nathaniel Randolph Snowden (1770-1851), who then recorded it in his "Diary and Remembrances."
George Washington had an extraordinary connection to God.
Those who knew him felt it.
Baron von Steuben, a Prussian in charge of disciplining the troops, said no European armies could have survived Valley Forge because of such a lack of discipline. Steuben was right, it was their Commander-in-chief that held them together. It was his physical presence but more importantly it was the Power and Light of God that he drew down.
There are always those who try to tear down heroes and the Christ within. Washington is not free from these baseless attacks. It's easy to view the stories as legend and fiction.
They may be true.
If you happen to read about 'the freethinking Washington,' you'll notice that many people who knew him did not consider him a Christian. I believe he was a Christian but not like those around him. He was also a deist and mason as well. If these stories are true he had a very personal and direct relationship with God, one that went beyond the experiences of most Christians (they were in a sense limited by their beliefs, constrained if you will). His experiences were so profound that they could not be shared. Indeed out of respect for his friends he probably chose not to test their credulity. Fortunately we can catch a glimpse of the man that Heaven listened to and a Indian Chief who once said of Washington that he was "the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle."
On this page I wish to include the subject of
DIVERSITY IN AMERICA,
William House has this to say about it:
'Whoever came up with the government mantra, 'Our strength lies in our diversity,' was no friend of God, man, nor America.
While some naively believe it means the importance of having diverse views so that fanaticism doesn't rue the day and that is laudable no doubt, its true meaning lies in the concept of multiculturalism and the redefining of moral and ethical behavior; where very few are perceived to engage in immoral or debilitating acts.
This bizarre notion has carried over into national and cultural areas. Rather than elevating the worthwhile ideas and customs from other nations; the foundation of history, culture and philosophy in America are torn down.
This is happening in the media, the barrios, the streets but most especially in the schools.
So called 'dead white' philosophers and great thinkers are considered passé.
This is a grave mistake.
God moves through different cultures in different eras.
He elevates mankind through his grace and assembling Souls to raise Nations and Ideas.
For the last two hundred years or so, it has been America's turn.
The attempt to throw out the relevance of Greek and Roman contributions, Christianity, esoteric traditions, advances in political thought from the likes of Hobbes, Locke, Smith and the Founding Fathers is utter folly.
I don't know, call me old fashion even crazy,
but doesn't strength always lie in our union, not diversity?
It's easy to focus on differences but harder to see the common thread.
We all have heard of the extraordinary bravery of those who signed the Founding Documents of the United States of America.
We who live under the 'umbrella' of those Documents have a responsibility to insure the protection of all that was bought for us at such sacrifice...we have the responsibility to continue to 'fight for freedom and human dignity and the right to worship the God of our choice.'
Thus, each day, world wide, we can and all humanity should, for that matter,
INVOKE The Cosmic Christ Light of Invincible Love, Purity, Peace
and Grace into, through and around everyone and everything in every
country of the world, covering over, consuming
and transmuting all (evil) that prevents freedom from being the 'norm'.
We can invoke into the atmosphere of Earth, into the very air we breathe,
the Invincible Ascended Master God-Power and Consciousness of Freedom
that compels the DISSOLVING of any impurity that sets one
group of people against another and continues to distort God-Truth'.
Through the Power of God's Holy Christness within each of us,
we, Man and God working together,
we will save the Planet and the People from more pain and destruction.
We will be instrumental in establishing Heaven on Earth.
Lois J Crawford
I am reprinting what I consider to be some very important information....most of it little known to most Americans, let alone people of other countries who might otherwise never have access to it. I pray that readers of this Website will take time to read this article from
God and Government in the 21st Century
While George Washington and George W. Bush both have expressed the view that God has an important role to play in the creation of good government, not everyone agrees. It was an issue that was hotly debated when the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and in 1789 when Jefferson, as Ambassador to France, and Lafayette, and a member of the French Assembly during the French Revolution, collaborated in writing the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizens..
It is again being debated in 2005, this time at the U.S. Supreme Court and worldwide in the media. The American Civil Liberties Union in a press release on March 2, 2005 stated that “The relationship between individuals and their God, which is at the core of the Ten Commandments, is and should remain a private matter. It is not the government's business." The group claims that freedom of speech is upheld by prohibiting any reference to the Ten Commandments on public property. However, the issue had to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court which meets in a building where representatives of Moses and the Ten Commandments are everywhere – as the litigants enter the building, as they walk through the doors inside the building and as they argue their case beneath a frieze of Moses holding the tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were written, according to the Bible.
The debate over the role of a “Creator” or “God” began with the writing of the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776, when Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft was presented to the Declaration Committee composed of Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston. It was further modified during debate in the Continental Congress. The phrase in the Declaration that announces the very reason for proclaiming Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness…” was not written by Jefferson.
Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Jefferson, a deist, did not credit the “Creator” for granting unalienable rights. He believed in God, but did not believe in revelation – that God was interested in or involved with or talked to man.
So, what, actually IS an “inalienable” or an “unalienable” right? According to the 1848 Webster unabridged dictionary there were several meanings for the word “alienate.” The first was “to convey or transfer property or a title to another.” The second meaning was to “withdraw from or be estranged from God.” Jefferson’s “inalienable” right was a right that was human in origin, such as a title or an inherited property. An “unalienable right” was a right that bound human beings to God. One cannot transfer either life or liberty to another person, therefore it is an unalienable right. A title or property CAN be transferred and is an inalienable right..
Murder, which is defined as the “unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought” is a crime punishable by death in most cultures. However, if the intended victim of murder kills his attacker first, that is self-defense that PREVENTS a murder. That is why killing in self-defense is not even a crime.
The U.S. Supreme Court meets in chambers with a marble frieze of Moses holding the Ten Commandments. However, on May 5, 2000, Judge Jennifer Coffman ruled that a display in a rural Kentucky school consisting of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, the Ten Commandments, the Mayflower Compact, Ronald Reagan’s 1983 proclamation of the "Year of the Bible," our national motto “In God We Trust and the Kentucky state constitution was a violation of the Constitution that had to be removed from the building.
Although the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution merely bars the U.S. Congress from establishing a national church, today we seem to be moving towards banning our founding documents that mention “our Creator” and editing presidential messages that mention “God.” The First Amendment prohibits CONGRESS from passing laws establishing a religion. However, it has been interpreted by the Supreme Court in such a way that it has limited free speech in public buildings such as school and courthouses.
The French embassy website in describing the storming of the Bastille by angry mobs in Paris on July 14, 1789, calls it “proof that power no longer resided in the king or in God, but in the people, in accordance with the theories developed by the Philosophies of the 18th century.” A month later, on August 26, 1789, The Declaration of the Rights of Man was introduced into the French Assembly by Lafayette and approved.
The Declaration declared in part: “Law is the expression of the general will” and, therefore, the mob action in destroying the Bastille became “law.” Inalienable rights where not endowed by our Creator, but from nature or the French people via the National Assembly or, in the case of storming the Bastille, from the “expression of the general will” of a mob. The mob storming the Bastille set in motion the Reign of Terror by the Jacobins who had seized control of the Assembly. By 1794, France declared the “end of the Christian era,” atheism was adopted as the State Religion, churches were closed down and hundreds of priests were beheaded. During the Reign of Terror, more than 17,000 French men, women and children, starting with the king and queen of France, were publicly beheaded by the guillotine.
In America the Continental Congress unanimously voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence in which “our Creator” is designated as the source of our unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the early days of the Republic, that connection was repeatedly recognized. George Washington’s first Thanksgiving Proclamation of October 3, 1789, began:
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor…”
The issue today is, in effect: Can the origin of our liberties even be debated in the 21st century in public schools? Can a public school teacher today allow students to read and discuss the meaning of the Declaration of Independence or Washington’s First Thanksgiving proclamation?
The multi-million dollar World War II National memorial that opened in April 2004 edits God out of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s December 8, 1941, speech to Congress and the nation. Called the “day of infamy” speech ,it began:
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
Roosevelt informed the people about Japan’s attack and warned the nation of the dangers ahead and concluded his talk with:
“Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
“With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounded determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.
“I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire."
However, the engraving on the World War II monument alters Roosevelt’s words by leaving “so help us God” off the quote. It is left as if Roosevelt had total confidence in human efforts to solve the problems ahead. It reads: “With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounded determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph.”
Has there been and is there now any connection between a nation’s destiny and what its leaders believe about the origin of law and rights? Would the beheading of thousands in the French Revolution been avoided if its Declaration had recognized the unalienable right to life endowed by “our Creator?” The Declaration of Rights described the “natural and imprescriptible” rights of man, which were recognized by the National Assembly as “liberty, property, security and resistance to oppression.” There is no mention of life or the pursuit of happiness.
“Liberty” was defined as consisting of “the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law.” The definition did not include any limitation on the government from declaring the nation’s religion and on July 12, 1790, France’s National Assembly adopted the Civil Constitution of the Clergy. That bill seized total control of the Church in France. All Church property was confiscated and the National Assembly reorganized the selection process of the priests, bishops and curates of the Church. On September 22, 1792, the Assembly wiped out the “Christian Era” and replaced it with the new “French Era.”
As 19th historian John Clark Ridpath put it,
“A decree was passed against the Christian Religion and it was sought to obliterate the last vestige of the ancient system of belief. The doctrines which men had accepted for centuries were formally abrogated. Atheism was declared to be the faith of France. Immortality was denied. On all public cemeteries was placed this inscription: Death is an Eternal Sleep.” The age was proclaimed the Age of Reason. Reason was deified. All the ceremonies of Catholicism were turned into ridicule and mockery. The churches were rifled and the treasures of silver and gold were carried with laughter and song to the bar of the Convention.”
To a lesser degree, the 2004 presidential campaign also divided the American people into two groups based on their faith. A poll taken prior to the election showed 70% of Kerry’s supporters were more worried about candidates who “are too close to religion and religious leaders” and 52% of Bush’s supporters were more worried about public officials who “don’t pay enough attention to religion and religious leaders.” In the same poll 70% of the respondents expressed concern over “television, movies and popular music were lowering moral standards in this country.”
However, recognizing the faith-based motivation of those who wrote and voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States is slowly being abandoned in the United States as others throughout the world seem increasingly interested in those very faith-based ideals.
On March 2, 2005 in an address at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, President George W. Bush made headlines in Middle Eastern Arab newspapers, by stating::
“The world is speaking with one voice when it comes to making sure that democracy has a chance to flourish in Lebanon and throughout the greater Middle East. Freedom is on the march. It’s a profound period of time.”
“So I look forward to continuing to work with friends and allies to advance freedom — not America’s freedom, but universal freedom, freedom granted by a Higher Being.”
President Bush’s comment about freedom being granted by a “Higher Being” was not widely reported in the United States, but the Arab News headlined it and interviewed Shireen Hunter, director of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies Islam Program about it. She responded: “I admire his faith, and the fact that he didn’t give himself credit shows his humility which I find rather endearing.”
In this brief comment, President Bush referenced the founding principle about freedom that is a major source of resentment in the Arab world. It does not come from America. It comes from “a Higher Being” or “our Creator, or “God” or – in Arabic – Allah. It caught the attention of the Arab media because, as Shireen Hunter observed, President Bush “didn’t give himself credit” for Iraq’s freedom.
The entire world seems to be dividing rapidly into two camps, regardless of their numerous differences in religious doctrine: between those who believe human rights are founded on inalienable rights arising from nature or the law of the jungle and unalienable rights that are endowed by their mindful and caring Creator. Rights given by man, by law, or custom, can be taken away or altered or transferred by law and custom. They also can be advanced or withheld by organized political, social or religious groups using persuasion, .or force, including terrorism.
On the other hand, unalienable rights given to mankind by “our Creator” cannot be transferred, even if we want to.
We cannot transfer our life, our liberty or our happiness to another.
This dichotomy is best expressed in the words of two international leaders of the two sides on the issue – George W. Bush and Musab al-Zarqawi, the "prince" of Al-Qaida in Iraq, who was appointed by Osama Bin Laden. A week before Iraq’s first free elections on January 30, 2005, Zarqawi released a tape in which he pinpointed this issue:
"We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology. Democracy is also based on the right to choose your religion and that is against the rule of God."
Two days later, on February 2, 2005, President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address articulated an opposite view:
“We are all part of a great venture: To extend the promise of freedom in our country, to renew the values that sustain our liberty, and to spread the peace that freedom brings.
“As Franklin Roosevelt once reminded Americans, ‘Each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth.’ And we live in the country where the biggest dreams are born. The abolition of slavery was only a dream -- until it was fulfilled. The liberation of Europe from fascism was only a dream -- until it was achieved. The fall of imperial communism was only a dream -- until, one day, it was accomplished. Our generation has dreams of its own, and we also go forward with confidence. The road of Providence is uneven and unpredictable -- yet we know where it leads: It leads to freedom.
“Thank you, and may God bless America.”
The bottom line on this issue IS freedom.
That is why the First Amendment to the Constitution was written and adopted on September 28, 1789, by the first Congress under the new constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The French Assembly under the Jacobins in France in the 1790s, in the name of Freedom, seized the property of the nation’s churches, took control of appointing the clergy priests and declared the end of the Christian era – all in the name of “freedom.” Two hundred years later, in the name of Freedom, we are debating in the United States whether people, even presidents, should be allowed to talk about any role for Providence, a Creator or God on public property while terrorists, in the name of God, are equally determined to stop the spread of freedom, to choose one’s belief in or even their definition of God.
President Bush concluded his second Inaugural address by reminding Americans of the founding principles of this nation. He said:
“When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, ‘It rang as if it meant something.’ In our time it means something still. America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength - tested, but not weary - we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.
“May God bless you, and may He watch over the United States of America”
What DOES freedom mean?
What does the Constitution really say? Does it really say that no public discussion or prayer or religious symbols such as crosses can occur on tax supported property such as school and courthouses and perhaps one day even tax-supported cemeteries? Should that last sentence have been edited out of President Bush’s speech on tax-supported Internet sites, such as the White House website?
To be able to sort through these many conflicting voices, it is imperative that Americans really understand the freedoms guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States and be able to choose local, state, and national leaders and policies that will determine the course of and perhaps the very survival of our nation in the coming years.
President George Washington’s
Prayer for the Nation
Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the Unites States at large.
And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and specific temper of mind which were the characteristics of Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.
Grant our supplications, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Given at Newburg, June 8, 1783,
and copies sent to the Governors of all the States.)
HOW COULD FIFTY STATES BE WRONG?
Lois J Crawford