The Mount Vernon Statement

17 Feb

Later today, conservative leaders will release The Mount Vernon Statement.  The official website says:

Fifty Years After The Sharon Statement Helped Launch The Conservative Movement, Today’s Leaders Will Unveil And Sign Declaration Of Leadership

The original Sharon Statement is here.

Rick Sincere gives a some background history and his throughs on why Mt. Vernon Is No Sharon.

In full disclosure, I’ve not read the Sharon Statement (bad history on my part).  But I share Rick’s skepticism about The Mount Vernon Statement.

Where’s the young blood?  Where’s the enthusiasm?

Forgive me for thinking that this is just another “see, we’re still relevant” move.

It would be nice to be wrong.

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2 Responses to “The Mount Vernon Statement”

  1. Mike February 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Update: they were refused by the Park admin. to have their fundamentalist dictatorship statement ceremony.

    …and their lionization of Paine and Jefferson as “founders of a Christian nation”.

    Look no further than article 11 of the 1805 Treaty of Tripoli:

    “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

    Jefferson doesn’t need banshees to speak for him, he spoke on the issue himself.

    “Christianity is the most perverse system known to man” – Thomas Jefferson

  2. Michael February 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    Mike, maybe I’m missing something (if you’ve got a link I’d appreciate it). But I find no references on the Mount Vernon Statement website to a “Christian nation.”

    I don’t doubt that many of the signers would argue for that, but I don’t see it in their statement.

    Are you perhaps confusing them with the Manhattan Declaration?

    I’d appreciate your source. Thanks.

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