Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – He wrote this piece titled “10 Things You Should Know About the American Founding – On this Fourth of July, 238 years after Congress declared independence from the British Empire through the Declaration of Independence, it’s well worth reminding ourselves of a number of things about the Founding era.” I’m not going to do the first six. We’ll do seven, eight, nine, and ten. Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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Mike: He wrote this piece titled “10 Things You Should Know About the American Founding – On this Fourth of July, 238 years after Congress declared independence from the British Empire through the Declaration of Independence, it’s well worth reminding ourselves of a number of things about the Founding era.” I’m not going to do the first six. We’ll do seven, eight, nine, and ten. This is just fascinating stuff here, and I don’t think most people know this. Someone has to be a person of faith and they have to be faithfully in line with ‘Murican principles. Okay, we can’t have a logical discussion about that — just reviewing what Dr. Carson told Chuck Todd — if we don’t know what those principles are. Maybe we can find the origin of some of them. That’s where Birzer and others come in handy.
7. The most important and stalwart defender of American liberties and American independence in Great Britain was Edmund Burke, one of the two greatest statesmen of the age. Indeed, the issue of American independence dominated the first 17 years of his career in Parliament. From his first speech delivered to the august body in 1766 to the signing of the Peace of Paris in 1783, Burke defended the rights of Americans as he also defended the rights of the Irish, Roman Catholics in Great Britain, and the Asian Indians. Burke went so far as to secede from Parliament in protest of the war in the Americas, and he even openly implied that King George III was satanic for waging war against the Americans.
8. A friend and disciple of Burke’s, Maryland’s Charles Carroll of Carrollton, was the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. Maryland had possessed the most anti-Catholic laws in the colonies prior to the War for Independence.
Mike: To those of you that may have been instructed by people like Mr. Barton that everyone that was alive that was a founding father at the time of the Declaration of Independence was an orthodox practicing Christian. That is just simply not true. It might help us if we understood this to explain where some of the wheels came off of our carriage. Back to Birzer:
Maryland had possessed the most anti-Catholic laws in the colonies prior to the War for Independence. Catholics could not worship publicly, and children could even, by law, be removed permanently from their parents and sent to live with Protestant families in England should the Catholic parents attempt to educate their children in a “Catholic fashion.”
Mike: Now, folks, this is easily verifiable. As a matter of fact, there’s a good book out there about this called The Unholy Ghost. It was written in the early part of the 19th century. It was a contemporary review of these laws. Back to Birzer:
Consequently, Charles Carroll’s father not only refused to claim him as a child . . .
Mike: Some people say that Charles Carroll of Carrollton’s father refused to claim him as a child because he was a bastard. That’s not true. You’ve got to read Birzer’s book and you’ll find this out. He wasn’t a bastard. He couldn’t claim him because if he did and he tried to educate him, he feared that little Charles would be taken away from him and shipped off to England to go live with a Protestant family. So what did the Carrolls do? Here’s what they did:
Consequently, Charles Carroll’s father not only refused to claim him as a child but he also sent him abroad for 17 years to be educated by Catholics in France and elsewhere. Carroll earned his B.A. and M.A. while in France, and he studied law in France and England. For fear of the law, Charles’s father waited to recognize the legitimacy of his son and his son’s mother until Charles had earned his M.A. When Carroll signed the Declaration of Independence, he did so for reasons of religious freedom and tolerance. “When I signed the Declaration of Independence, I had in view not only our independence of England but the toleration of all Sects, professing the Christian Religion, and communicating to them all great rights,” he wrote in 1829. “Happily this wise and salutary measure has taken place for eradicating religious feuds and persecution.”
9. Maryland had not been the only place harboring anti-Catholic feelings in the colonies. Indeed, every colony had some form of anti-Catholic law, except for Pennsylvania. The farther north one journeyed, the stronger the anti-Catholicism became. As early as the 1640s, for example, the New England colonies . . .
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