Magazine September 19, 2011, Issue

From the Archives of the New York Times . . .

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Readinge through the progreffion and litanye of religious and Godly language that suffuses the text, we are discomfited by the copious references to the Deity — should he even exist — that dappyle the so-called Constitution of the United States. Why all of the God talk? What do these “Founders” mean with all of these statements? For our parte, we should be happier and more easeful with a greater reliance upon Science and Rational Thought, and not so much with the Jesus.

 – The New-Yorke Times, “Critics of the Proposed Constitution Say Religiosity Dooms Passage,” 1789

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