Oregon Occupiers Cite a Constitution Copy Including Right-Wing Notes
Skousen, who once accused President Dwight Eisenhower of being a Soviet agent and whom Time magazine labeled an “exemplar of the right-wing ultras,” pairs the original Constitutional text with quotes from Founding Fathers about the necessity of religion in governance.
Its message: The Founding Fathers intended the United States to be a Christian nation, beholden to the Christian God, and never intended the federal government to have any power over its people.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people,” it quotes John Adams in an addendum. “It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Constitutional scholars say some quotations are either deliberate alterations or taken out of context. The Adams quote, taken in its entirety from a 1798 letter to the Militia of Massachusetts, is an instruction to abide by morality, and seems to use “religious” to refer to an adherence to good deeds and words.