To The Daily Sun,
General William Eaton was appointed by President John Adams as "Consul to Tunis." He was later appointed to the position of "U.S. Naval Agent to the Barbary States". His correspondence at that time confirms that the contention was a Muslim war against a Christian America.
His letter to Secretary of State Timothy Pickering stated, "Taught by revelation that war with the Christians will guarantee the salvation of their souls, and finding so great secular advantages in the observance of their religious duty, their inducements to desperate fighting are very powerful."
In one letter written by General Eaton to Secretary Pickering, he reported how one Barbary ruler was pleased when he was informed of compensation promised in one of the treaties. The ruler said, "to speak truly and candidly we must acknowledge to you that we have never received articles of the kind so excellent a quality from any Christian nation." July 4, 1800.
On Sept. 4, 1800, General Eaton wrote to Secretary John Marshall, Pickering's replacement, "It is a maxim of the Barbary States, that "The Christians who would be on good terms with them must fight well or pay well."
George Washington appointed David Humphreys as commissioner to negotiate a treaty on March 30, 1795, with the Barbary powers. The "Treaty of Peace and Friendship" was signed on Nov. 4, 1796, and certified at Algiers on Jan. 3, 1797. It was signed at Tripoli Nov. 4, 1797, and approved by Humphreys in Lisbon on Feb. 19, 1797.
The treaty was originally in Arabic and translated by the Consul-General Barlow by the United States on June 10, 1797. Article 11 was part of the original Arabic version within the treaty. John Adams did make it clear that the treaty was made between two sovereign states and not two religions. Secretary of War, James McHenry, was said to have protested the wording in Article 11. The second "Treaty of Peace and Amity was signed on July 4, 1805, it supersede the 1796 treaty. It did not contain the phrase "not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
Hunter Miller was commissioned in 1931 by the United States government to analyze United States treaties. He wrote "the Barlow translation is at best a poor attempt at paraphrase or summary of the sense of the Arabic" and Article 11 ... does not exist at all." Miller states, "the Arabic text which is between Articles 10 and 12 is in form a letter, crude and flamboyant and whithal quite unimportant, from the Dey of Algiers to the pasha of Tripoli. How that script came to be written and to be regarded, as in the Barlow translation, as Article 11 of the treaty as there written, is a mystery and seemingly must remain so, nothing in the diplomatic correspondence of the time throws any light whatever on the point."
A plaque at Harvard reads, "After God has carried us safe to new England wee had builded our houses/provided necessaries for our lively hood/reard convenient places for God's worship/and settled the civil government/one of the next things we longed for/and looked after was to advance learning/perpetuate it to posterity/dreading to leave an illiterate minister/to the churches when our present ministers/shall lie in the dust"
Harvard was founded by the Congregational Church in 1636 in Cambridge, Mass.
Yale founded Oct. 16, 1701, by Congregational ministers. Originally called "Collegiate School, its objective was "Youth may be instructed in arts and Sciences who through blessings of God may be fitted for publick employment both in church and Civil State."
Princeton was founded by Presbyterian ministers in 1746 at Princeton, N.J., to train ministers.
Brown University was founded by the Baptist in 1764.
Rutgers University by the Dutch Reformed churches in 1766 in New Brunswick, N.J.
Dartmouth was founded in 1766 at Hanover, N.H., and funded primarily by the Congregational churches.
John Winthrop, who was a leader to the Puritans wrote, Thus stands the cause between God and us, we are entered into Covenant with Him for this work ... if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and byword through the world".
The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 stated three things should be taught in schools. 1. Religion 2. Morality 3. Knowledge. Franklin wrote to Ezra Stiles, the president of Yale University, when he was 81 years of age. "Here is my creed: I believe in God, the creator of the universe. That he governs it by his providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his 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 points in all sound religion."
Dr. Charles S. Hyneman and political scientist Donald S. Lutz completed an analysis of the Founders writings between 1760 and 1805. They were surprised to learn that the most quoted book was the Bible, especially the book of Deuteronomy, which defines the Covenant relationship between God and a nation.
Americas Christian Heritage is immense. It cannot be designed away.
Gene F. Danforth
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:01
To The Daily Sun,
I am replying to state Rep. Luther's letter that bashed Dave Schwotzer's recent letter to the editor. I just couldn't let it slide by.
I happen to agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Schwotzer's statements. I do not agree with anything you have to say. As a supposed "leader" in the community, I feel that you should apologize for your comments. So, please do not speak for me or for anyone else for that matter. I don't even know you.
The last paragraph of your letter shows your true character, how rude and inconsiderate you are to anyone who does not agree with you. Maybe it is time that you and the rest of your family get out of city, county and political affairs. Your records speak for themselves and most of your past "accomplishments" have come with a cost to the residents of this area. This is fact as well as opinion.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:54
To The Daily Sun,
Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks, brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity, where we strive to keep the best of the stupid in the news. This week, we would like to introduce some our newly elected Tea Potty Party clowns to the U.S. Congress.
First up is North Carolina's Mark Walker. In one of his debates he said he wants us to place the National Guard on the Mexican border. Baptist Pastor Walker says shooting the immigrants is okay. At one debate, the good reverend stated, "We got to go laser or blitz somebody with a couple of fighter jets for a little while to make our point." The moderator then asked if the U.S. should start a war with Mexico. "Well, we did it before, if we need to do it again, I don't have a qualm about it." Isn't he just gushing with the love of the Baby Jesus!
And how about Georgia's 10th district's Pastor Jody Hice? As a radio host he has been speaking bizarro-world for many years. In great news for godly women, Hice says it's okay for a wife to run for office as long as it's with her husband's authority. Hice is against church and state separation and claims Islam doesn't deserve First Amendment protection. Hice also contends "part of the gay manifesto is to prey on children," and "homosexuality is a choice that can be cured with prayer." Pray the gay away! He also believes in no limits to the firepower a citizen can own because "you cannot defend yourself with a BB gun if your opponent has cannons and bazookas and missiles." The stupid, it burns!
Wisconsin's 6th is 95.3 percent white, so Glenn Grotham was easily elected after mocking the African-American holiday Kwanzaa and stating that Martin Luther Day is "an insult". He also claims Wisconsin's protesting teachers were slobs and that federal programs like food stamps encourage sloth. And of course, crying in his beer, Grotham claims there is a war on men.
Down in Eric Cantor's old seat in Virginia, libertarian economist David Brat supports slashing Social Security payouts to seniors by two-thirds. He also wants to dissolve that mean ole IRS. He's called for drastic cuts to education funding and insists that "rich" nations have nothing to fear about climate change. Welcome to the United States of Stupid.
Atlanta's northern suburbs keep sending extreme right-wingers to Congress. The district's latest wild-eyed fanatic is Barry Loudermilk, a Tea Party brigand who wants state-run Medicaid to be repealed. Sounding like a lobbyist for a 19th century robber baron, Loudermilk claimed, "We need to start in the direction to where we don't have a Medicaid system, but we turn it back to the way it was before Medicaid, where there were non-profit hospitals that provided indigent care to the people, that were run by churches and religious organizations." Um, Barry, Churches and religious organizations are dying in America and could never have handle the numbers anyway. Gongs for the dumbest ideas.
Congressman-elect Rick W. Allen wants to scrap environmental regulations, jack up military spending, and like every right-wing nutjob, decrease the federal oversight of education and ship undocumented immigrants home. He also thinks Wall Street could do a better job for seniors than Social Security. Anyone home in there?
Ken Buck is back! Colorado's Buck is one of the far-right lunatics that Tea Party Brigands nominated in 2010 for U.S. Senate seats. That extremist strategy ultimately guaranteed another Democrat controlled Senate. Now a member of the U.S. House, Buck was a prosecutor who refused to go after confessed rapists (must have been legitimate rapes!), called homosexuality a lifestyle choice and asserts that climate change is not a man-made problem. Buck wants to privatize the Veterans Administration hospital system, says Social Security is "horrible" and he seeks to repeal Obamacare.
From Arkansas we have millionaire banker J. French Hill, who appears to have dual citizenship in libertarian la-la-land and funds a state-based "free market" think tank, the Advance Arkansas Institute. He hates Obamacare. Hill also worked for America's most unhinged Christian Ayatollah, Mike Huckabee and of course, wants more Bush era tax cuts. A smashing success that was.
Mia Love of Utah's first black (Haitian) Republican elected to the U.S. House. A Mormon, Mia favors phasing out Social Security and ending federal student loan and work study programs. The United States of Stupid beckons us backward.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:51
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to comment on the Department of Education's Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
I became involved in this program as a client in October. It is to the say the least a magnificent instrumental organization for people with disabilities.
This program offers hope and helps disabled people who, in spite of disabilities, wish to remain active and productive in the community.
As in my case, I have worked physically hard my entire life. I tried to maintain a good work ethic, even when work was being a physical challenge for me. The worst insult a person could tell me is, "You are not capable of doing anything." If that is not a ludicrous statement, I don't know what is.
Vocational Rehabilitation offers a rainbow of hope for a person with a disability, such as myself. It works. The staff and counselors are incomparable.
With age comes changes. I embrace my disability as a notion that I can be productive and be of service to community and help others.
Vocational Rehabilitation inspired this philosophical ingenuity to me. I am better for seeking the services of Voc Rehab.
Remember, in this free society we have control over our own destiny. No individual has the right to control it for you, or to even mention it. Arrogance for sure.
I greatly encourage any disabled person to seek out the services of Voc Rehab. They are located at Employment Secuirty and they are there for you, as they were for me.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:47
To The Daily Sun,
A library is one of the cornerstones of a healthy community, together with schools and churches. Those in the Gilmanton community who are familiar with the resources and programs that the Year-Round Library provides are more than likely to say that our library is important. It reflects the diversity, character and the needs of our wonderful town, while at the same time building community and supporting local culture in exciting ways.
Most know where the library is located, a gem hidden in plain sight. Those who have visited and have used the library, describe it as a positive experience, and observe that it is "a welcoming, friendly place," a "nice, pleasant space to be." People often go to the library looking mainly for information, but there they connect with neighbors or make a new friend.
Our library's most important asset is the wonderful staff of Tasha, Pam and Jean. They go out of their way to answer questions, assist, and help those exploring the library to have a comfortable, pleasant experience. The library is open to the community; the only entrance requirement is your interest.
As a community, we are fortunate that the Gilmanton Year-Round Library has become a dynamic place which actively seeks to engage all segments of our diverse town. Each year it injects a healthy dose of vitality by expanding its mission with the introduction of new programs. These activities span the gambit from Lego Club and Story Time for the youngest, after-school programs for elementary school students, to adult evening speakers discussing topics ranging from Field & Stream, to our own infamous resident, Herman Mudgett.
Although the Year-Round Library collects a percentage of its operating revenue from fundraising activities, private sources, and grants, these revenue streams can never fully support the many functions the library performs. I ask the Budget Committee, selectmen, and most importantly the voters of Gilmanton, to please make a commitment to our library and to the many services it provides for all.
Our Year-Round Library communicates to the public our underlying values: that strong community connections, information, education, and shared community space matter.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:44