Did Obama purposefully misquote the Declaration of Independence?

Given the ruckus about Obama and religion, one would think that he would be more careful about these things or that at the very least the WH would quickly say he misspoke. Why he does these things isn't obvious unless he and his aides think that this will let them paint the opposition as kooks. But, with weeks to go before the election, I have a hard time believing that is really what is happening. This is how it should read:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.



Blogger Al B. said...

One should remember that the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, was a Deist, not a Christian, and even though Deists believe that the universe was created by a supreme being (not the Judeo–Christian God), Obama's casual omission of the word 'creator' isn't really inconsistent with that.

9/20/2010 4:24 PM  
Blogger JFA in Montreal said...

Obama just established a precedent, or a justification for collectivism by re-writing history. By taking God out of the equation (I don't care if you choose to be a peanut butter sandwich as God, I am not talking about a particular God, but about the notion of God), and with the help of stating that these principles emerged from consensus (which is probably a historical fallacy), he established the prejudices and whims of the majority as the standard for Rights. In that sense, he deeply violated his oath of office of defending the Constitution and it's basic premises. He should be indiced for High Treason.

9/20/2010 11:07 PM  
Blogger Shellback said...

Well put JFA. Yes - I believe he saw the word on his monitor and decided to omit it. He realized, clumsily, that he could not use that word - "Creator". And still vigorously pursue his unstated, yet obvious goals of a resurgent collectivist government, unless he downplays, or in this case ignores, the role of god in civic life. Especially as it relates to a precedent for essential civil rights. In the Pan-Marxists' view no higher authority than Man can exist; and therefore by extension no "right" can exist because they can, on what amounts to a whim, be stripped away - BY MAN.

10/20/2010 5:32 PM  

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