Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Troubling advertising

July 11, 2017


To the editor:

I was troubled by the way the full page ad, placed by Hobby Lobby in the July 4 Journal-World, cherry-picked history to support its beliefs about how fellow citizens ought to believe and act.

It quoted from, among other sources, the Bible, the Founding Fathers and the Supreme Court, “Declaring that America Is a Christian Nation.” It cited this last from an 1892 ruling by the Supreme Court, but it quoted nothing from the majority opinion of the 1964 Supreme Court ruling outlawing Christian prayer in public schools.

It quoted Thomas Jefferson that “liberties are a gift from God,” and Benjamin Franklin that “God governs the affairs of men.” But it neglected to mention that Jefferson didn’t believe in Jesus Christ as his personal lord and saviour or that he had a running battle in the papers with the Philadelphia clergy, who accused him of being an infidel. Or that it was Franklin who suggested to Jefferson that he change the phrase in his draft of the Declaration of Independence from “We hold these truths to be Divine” to “We hold these truths to be self evident.” Both the American Revolution and the Bible are made up from differing sources, and fundamentalists delude themselves when they quote passages from the Bible or history that they have selected in the first place and then imply that their ideas come from God or history, not from themselves.


Steve Hicks 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Spot-on, Craig.

As a Christian and a devoted student of American history, there's nothing more offensive than the lying interpretation of American history you call out in Hobby Lobby's ad. It could be called the "America's Christian Heritage" fabrication, from the title of a (in-) famous video by David Barton, the dean of "Christian" history-liars.

Barton himself is a well-known political operative, falsely interpreting America's history to the political and social agenda of his faction. If the practice of honest Christianity and honest history require a love of truth, anyone who loves truth will beware David Barton and those, like Hobby Lobby, who promote his lies.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 11 months, 2 weeks ago

You should know that Hobby Lobby's owners are leading the charge to establish their version of religious belief In the United States. They won a law suit allowing them to fail to provide health insurance to their employees due to the abortion issue. They are out front in the parade of "religious overthrow" in the country. You should never be surprised ant anything that Hobby Lobby does. And you can shop at Michael's, they have most of the same stuff and are not trumpeting religious dogma.

Theodore Calvin 11 months, 2 weeks ago

They also are now smugglers who purchased thousands of looted artifacts and purposely mislabeled them so they could import them to their "Museum of the Bible" to share their "factual" history with the world. They consider themselves christians? Ha ha.

Richard Aronoff 11 months, 2 weeks ago

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.

Fred: If you check your facts I believe you'll find that Hobby Lobby won the right to not cover things that will end a pregnancy. Their coverage would cover things that prevent a pregnancy.

Justin Hoffman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The founding fathers intended this country to be a Christian nation. Plain and simple. Anyone who believes otherwise is foolish and needs to spend less time drinking hot cocoa and coloring and more time reading our historic documents and quotes from the founding fathers.

Theodore Calvin 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I like the part where you tell us what to think based on what you "know" and have read, but don't offer any place for us to find the same enlightening documents to verify your account and make ourselves real history buffs as yourself. True to christian form, you belittle those who aren't as enlightened as you seem to think you are...exactly how our forefathers must have envisioned future discourse when they penned these documents you espouse so long ago. It must be true if Justin Hoffman from OSU said it in the LJ World comment section.

Steve Hicks 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I'd be interested in what you consider it means "to be a Christian nation." That seems the essential part of your assertion, don't you think ?

Lacking any real definition of what you mean by "a Christian nation," it kinda sounds like you're coming from the "Christian" history-liars' interpretation.

Are you ?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 months, 2 weeks ago

And which sect of Christianity does Justin want? The radical one which says you can sin all you want, especially if you are a man, because Jesus will forgive you?

Steve Hicks 11 months, 2 weeks ago

No: just liars and hypocrites who promote their evil agendas in His name.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I think Armen will be really surprised if and when Jesus arrives. Jesus would destroy Armen's president first. Look at all the sins he has committed. Or is Armen a member of the sect that you can sin all you want as long as you say you believe in Jesus? You know, like the ones some people "forgive" because thye molest little children, and their victims either get blamed or are suppose to forgive and pray more anyway. Of course, gays who believe in Jesus won't be forgiven, but that mass murderer who accepts Christ before he dies? Yep, going to heaven. Women adulterers, nope. Men adulterers, yep.

Bob Smith 11 months, 1 week ago

It's always amusing when the self-annointed experts on religion chime in and pretend to know the mind of a deity.

Steve Hicks 11 months, 1 week ago

When you read what someone writes, and talk to them regularly, you get to know their personality, how they think, their likes and dislikes, and what matters to them.

Don't take my word for it. Try it yourself, Bob.

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