Past Features

February 19, 2015

A Teachable Moment
Study Newton, Mr. O'Reilly

Judeo-Christian philosophy versus the Jihad
O'Reilly Memo -- February 18, 2015
Glenn Spencer, American Patrol Report -- February 19, 2015  
    I was an engineering student in my first two years of college. It was in my second year of calculus and physics when I took a required course in American Literature. While reading Tom Payne I was struck by his use of force in his language. It seemed as if Payne was familiar with Newton's famous equation F=MA (Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration). I was so convinced of this that I wrote an essay on the idea. My professor was impressed.
    In his review of Cohen's Science and the Founding Fathers, Pennywagon says:
"One of the focuses of the book is the effect of science, particularly the science of Isaac Newton, on the conception of the Constitution; in brief Newton's perception of a universe governed by immutable natural forces or 'laws of motion' or 'laws of nature'."
     So decades after my independent conclusion regarding Payne and Newton, I learned that not only was Payne influenced by Newton, so were the Founding Fathers.
    It has been well established that America was founded as a secular nation.
    To be honest, our nation was built on the moral foundations found in religion. In his “Bible”, "Jefferson's goal was to clarify the teachings of Jesus which he believed provided 'the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.'”
    Jefferson was not a Christian.
    When speaking to a gathering of Nobel Prize winners at the White House, President Kennedy said:
"I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
    The Founding Fathers were learned men. They took deliberate action to keep the mysticism of religion out of government.
    We need such well-read men today who understand how our nation was formed. Unfortunately, Bill O'Reilly is not one of them.