This story is actually less about what happened, and more about WHY it happened.
In case you missed it, Samuel Adams Beer® (named after one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence) decided to omit the phrase “endowed by their Creator” in a recent commercial which quoted that key line of text from the Declaration.
Now, if that’s all there was to the story, it wouldn’t be that big of a story. To be fair, there’s nothing listed anywhere that mandates someone has to quote our founding documents verbatim in a commercial. However, this is just the beginning.
HERE’s the REAL story (via FoxNewsInsider):
The manufacturer’s decision to leave out “endowed by their creator” in its invocation of the Declaration of Independence has critics outraged, but Sam Adams says they were just following regulations.
In a statement, the company said:
“The Beer Institute Advertising Code says, ‘Beer advertising and marketing materials should not include religion or religious themes.’
We agree with that and try to adhere to these guidelines.”
Oh, for pity’s sake: that excuse doesn’t even rise to the level of weak sauce.
Are we now in a place where quoting accurately from the document which helped to form our country is verboten, simply because it mentions God?
We’ve highlighted example after example of times that freedom OF religion has been warped to mean freedom FROM religion. With this chapter, we have another one which is noteworthy only for its spinelessness.
Sam Adams, himself a man of intense faith who was essential to our country’s creation, would be appalled at such a sniveling excuse. It would have been better for the Company to have offered no reason at all, rather than to fall back on “gee, folks, we’d LIKE to n’all, but we just CAN’T mention religion or religious themes….”
Especially when one considers that this is less of a religious theme than it is of an accurate, HISTORICAL one.
Moreover, it’s a fact that our founders were religious men, even though secular historians have been trying to strike that from the records for decades now. We cannot allow that history, which in great part was due to our founders’ desire for religious freedom, to be revised and remade into something it clearly wasn’t.
And for anyone who maintains that any and all references to God are somehow repugnant to the idea of true liberty in our nation, I leave you with this quote from none other than Benjamin Franklin, in a speech to the Constitutional Convention in 1787:
“…I’ve lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing Proofs I see of this Truth — That God governs in the Affairs of Men.
And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without His Aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the House they labor in vain who build it.
I firmly believe this, — and I also believe that without His concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel…”