Atheist vs. Atheist vs. Benjamin Franklin: Co-founder of Panda’s Thumb Chastises Christopher Hitchens (for Lying)
Speaking of evolutionists wrecking their “reputation” and image, I just discovered a few minutes ago, but what I think should have gotten more attention and repeated, it’s last years news, but I doubt it’s gotten much attention, so here it is again:
Hitchens Distorts Franklin’s Religion
by Ed Brayton
I saw this Youtube video at Balko’s blog of Christopher Hitchens debating the utterly dense Ken Blackwell about whether this is a Christian nation or not. Balko says Hitchens “annihilates” Blackwell, and that is true. Blackwell babbles like an idiot for most of it. But what jumped out at me was something Hitchens said that just grinds on me because it is so blatantly false and it is being presented by someone who so often speaks for causes I believe in.
Speaking about the Declaration of Independence, when Ken Blackwell mentions the notion of unalienable rights being self-evident, Hitchens says, “The person who put in the words ‘self-evident’ on that committee was Benjamin Franklin, who was undoubtedly an atheist.” But this is every bit as transparent a lie as anything David Barton has ever said.
There is not a shred of evidence that Franklin was an atheist and volumes of evidence from Franklin’s own writings that prove he was not. The most obvious is in a letter that he wrote to Ezra Stiles a mere six weeks before he died in which he laid out his creed:
Here is my Creed: I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable Service we can render to him, is doing Good to his other Children. That the Soul of Man is immortal, and will be treated with Justice in another Life respecting its Conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental Principles of all sound Religion, and I regard them as you do, in whatever Sect I meet with them. As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion as he left them to us, the best the World ever saw, or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting Changes, and I have with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his Divinity: tho’ it is a Question I do not dogmatise upon, having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble. I see no harm however in its being believed, if that Belief has the good Consequence as probably it has, of making his Doctrines more respected and better observed, especially as I do not perceive that the Supreme takes it amiss, by distinguishing the Believers, in his Government of the World, with any particular Marks of his Displeasure.
This certainly is not Christianity, but neither is it deism. And it sure as hell isn’t atheism. Hitchens needs to stop this, immediately. It discredits him and, by extension, the causes he fights for, many of which need fighting for. He will do to the cause of separation the same kind of damage that Barton has done to the other side. Here’s the full video:
Related article on the life of Benjamin Franklin (which includes his Christian Calvinist education yet sinful embracement of rebellion and pandering to the world.
Post link: hitchens.tk