Park Service: Dissing Christians just dandy
By Bob Unruh|WorldNetDaily
The National Park Service is suggesting apparent mistakes about the historical record of the Founding Fathers presented by a tour guide to visitors to the Independence Hall National Historical Park in Philadelphia are just part of the “multiple points of view” that are designed to let visitors “draw their own conclusions.”
That apparently includes the performance of a guide who “mimicked and mocked [a Christian] carrying and swinging an oversized Bible … .”
“Even if I said the founders were Christians, how could we really know? Just because people carry a big ol’ Bible in their hand, they can still be atheists!” said the guide.
“Each ranger leads a tour in his or her own way, weaving stories and information around core topics such as the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Our staff is taught to present tours from multiple points of view and allow visitors to draw their own conclusions or, hopefully, be inspired enough to seek out more information on their own,” the agency responded to a chaplain who challenged the accuracy of some of the information.
The letter was signed by Cynthia MacLeod on behalf of the Park Service and it was addressed to Pastor Todd DuBord, now the chaplain for the enterprises of actor, martial arts champion and philanthropist Chuck Norris.
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DuBord for years has worked with tours of patriotic citizens who have visited Washington and other locations to see the markers of America’s Christian heritage. He previously exposed when tour guides at the U.S. Supreme Court building were denying the multiple representations there of the Ten Commandments.
He also exposed the agenda at work in the District of Columbia when the replica of the Washington Monument capstone, which is engraved with “Laus Deo,” or “Praise be to God,” was positioned in the visitors’ center so observers were not able to see the inscription and the signs had been altered to remove any reference to the “Laus Deo” on the capstone.
His work has been documented at his National Treasures website.
During a recent visit to Philadelphia, he took a tour of the Independence Hall site, and noticed a problem when a question was raised about the religious beliefs of the Founders. Accompanying DuBord were Pastor Jim Garlow of Renewing America Leadership and history expert David Barton of Wallbuilders.
“The NPS guide went from being an expert on the Founders to someone who was fumbling to formulate his words and get even a coherent and accurate sentence about our Founders’ religion,” DuBord wrote. “It struck me from his initial utterances on their religious views that he knew very little if anything about the real issues at all – and that made me wonder how many presentations he had done over the years to school children and guests from all over the country and world without ever discussing the Founders’ religious nature with any accuracy.”
Among the guide’s statements that DuBord challenged:
“George Washington didn’t even attend church!”
“While the NPS guide physically hunched over, mimicked and mocked one carrying and swinging an oversized Bible in his hand, he said to the crowd: ‘Even if I said the founders were Christians, how could we really know? Just because people carry a big ol’ Bible in their hand, they can still be atheists!”
“Most of these men owned slaves. How could good Christians do that?”
“We know that Benjamin Franklin was a deist.”
“We don’t really know for sure about their religion. It’s open for interpretation. You’ll have to do your own study on that.”
DuBord wrote to the facility that the statements simply are wrong.