Jefferson not quoted correctly
To the editor:
In Congress, July 4, 1776, 56 men signed “The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.”
In a recent article published in the Independent, July 2, 2019, it was reported that a woman activist used phrases from Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration to promote “legal protection for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Certainly everyone should protect others from bodily harm. The activist however, did not quote Jefferson correctly. His words: ” . . .they (all men) are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” In the news article those words were: ” . . . they are endowed by their government . . .”
The article progressed into a discussion as to what Thomas Jefferson meant by the words, “all men are created equal.” No mention was made of the misquoted words.
Was the activist aware that the behaviors she was supporting are not in line with what “our Creator” planned for man and woman, whom He created “in His own image?” (Genesis 2 and 3) Instead of looking to our Creator for answers regarding sexuality, it has become a growing practice in America and around the world to “explore” one’s individual sexuality. The misquoted words prompt the question, “To whom do we belong?” Do we belong to our Creator and find ultimate security in Him, or do we look to human government or ideas?
Around 50 A.D., the Apostle Paul visited Athens, Greece, on his second mission journey. There he found altars to many different gods. When a group of philosophers invited Paul to speak, wanting to hear the thoughts of their visitor, Paul referred to the altar inscribed with the words, “To The Unknown God.”
Paul said, “What you worship as something unknown, I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it . . . He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else . . .Seek Him . . . and find Him. . . For in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:22-28)
May our Creator and Author of our eternal salvation continue to be sought, found and acknowledged in America and throughout the world.