Friday, January 21

GOOD THING THOMAS JEFFERSON WAS HONORED IN A WASHINGTON D.C. MEMORIAL BEFORE NOONAN COULD MEMORIALIZE HIM

Well, didn't take me long (and I'm sure there are others) to find a U.S. president who made more references to God in a single paragraph of an Inaugural Address, than did President Bush yesterday. Bush, of course, earned the ire of Peggy Noonan for being more than overbearing in giving voice to his religious convictions.

Let's see, I believe the Democrats refer to the Democratic Party as the "Party of Jefferson." So, let's take a look at Jefferson's Second Inaugural Address and see if he met the Noonan standard of secularism.

I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power; and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures that whatsoever they do shall result in your good; and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations.

My, oh my, would the ACLU and Noonan and secularists everywhere be appalled at Jefferson's (to borrow from Noonan's criticism of the current president) God drenched speech.