Gary Varvel for March 01, 2024

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    2AndFour  4 months ago

    Washington, Jefferson and Franklin would be considered “MAGA Extremist” if they were alive today.

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    Vidrinath Premium Member 4 months ago

    PRAISE THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER FOR GIVING US OUR INALIENABLE RIGHTS!

    shame Varvel doesn’t understand who his creator is.

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    For Duty and Humanity Premium Member 4 months ago

    Amen

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    Stephen Runnels Premium Member 4 months ago

    I had to live by the rights of my creator until I was old enough to leave her house.

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    rs0204 Premium Member 4 months ago

    The Founding Fathers purposely left religion out. They did not want a Theocracy.

    Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Danbury to Connecticut Baptists, said: “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of eternal separation between church and state.” James Madison likewise wrote of “total separation of the church from the state.”

    Anything else that today’s Christian Nationalist Taliban suggest is a lie, intent on creating their own Theocracy with them on top.

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    suzalee  4 months ago

    I refer you to this article which discusses the founders opinions on religion and the government. They had come from a place where there were religious wars, the Hundred Year War and the Thirty Year War, which were fought over which religion would rule, It is poisonous to let religion seep into government, because every religion, even Christianity, has differences. That’s why they wanted them to be separate.. God is not mentioned at all in the Constitution. And the reference in the Declaration of Independence is the generic ‘Creator" Here’s the article: >

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    The Nodding Head  4 months ago

    I guess Varvel is unaware that belief in a creator deity is not exclusive to Christianity.

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    blueberries are delicious Premium Member 4 months ago

    Barf

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    The Dem Veteran   4 months ago

    I guess the “Creator” forgot to grant the same rights to slaves and Women.

    It would take “The Government” to grant those rights to the other 65% of the population the creator couldn’t be bothered with

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    Benaiah67  4 months ago

    This is a great politican cartoon, I love it and I am sure it will bring about a lot of personal opinion and distorations. While the debate of whether or not the founders were Christians is on going, it is obvious they were laregely influence by Judeo-Christian values. They often in public statements, invoked divine assistance. The declaration of Independence begins with this, "When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 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…

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    mac04416  4 months ago

    What good has the Constitution ever done? We’re a democracy, so only Democrats should run the country, unquestioned!

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    DC Swamp  4 months ago

    “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.”

    Dementia Joe version:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women are created, by the, you know, you know the thing.”

    And this was March 2020. His dementia was showing 4 years ago, it’s much worse now.

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    Mainesailah Premium Member 4 months ago

    For crying out loud people, it’s “UNALIENABLE RIGHTS”. Not “inalienable”.

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    aristoclesplato9  4 months ago

    And this is the root of the left’s attack against religion. Once you eliminate God, then all the rights attributed as God given also go away.

    Worked for Mao, Stalin, etc so the Dems are looking to repeat that approach.

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    davidthoms1  4 months ago

    “Christian Nationalists” are neither Christians nor patriotic Americans!

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    Ignatz Premium Member 4 months ago

    So that must mean that non-citizens have the same rights as citizens, right?

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    Ignatz Premium Member 4 months ago

    By the way, that was written by Thomas Jefferson, who was not a Christian at all. Didn’t believe in the divinity of Jesus, the resurrection, or any miracles. Same is true of Franklin. Adams denied the Trinity, which would make him a formal heretic according to historic Christianity.

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    Diane Lee Premium Member 4 months ago
    This is 180 degrees incorrect. The FIRST Amendment to the constitution establishes that. And, they believed it important enough that when they started listing the rights that the people would absolutely have, freedom of and from religion was the first thing on the list.

    In United States law, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, together with that Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause, form the constitutional right of freedom of religion. The relevant constitutional text is:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…

    The Establishment Clause acts as a double security, prohibiting both religious abuse of government and political control of religion. By it, the federal government of the United States and, by later extension, the governments of all U.S. states and U.S. territories, are prohibited from establishing or sponsoring religion.

    The folks who wrote the constitution, largely Jefferson and Madison, left copious writings in which they discussed their religious beliefs and how they believed they should impact the government and they are very clear that they considered total separation of church and state absolutely vital to the form of government they wrote the constitution to establish.

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    ShadowMaster  4 months ago

    These idiots who claim our founding fathers were “dedicated Christians” should go google and read the Jefferson Bible.

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    ChristopherBurns  4 months ago

    Here is the problem with originalism. The people pushing it have no idea who the Founding Fathers were.

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    Rich Douglas  4 months ago

    Orwellian doublespeak.

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    piper_gilbert  4 months ago

    Our Creator. Not your Creator, because our Creator is better than your Creator.

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    charliekane  4 months ago

    Pernicious ignorance on display here (nearly every day . . .)

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    Holden Awn  4 months ago

    Strange - my Google AI won’t illustrate this one…

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    LJZ Premium Member 4 months ago

    Typical Garble to omit the parts that contradict his skew.The next line:

    “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

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    Havel  4 months ago

    Going away from the “states’ rights” theme, huh? What was the one unifying religion of those 13 disparate colonies turned state? Why are you projecting your 21st Century norms/definitions of religion to people 200+ years ago who came from a tradition of religious wars and wanted to avoid that in their new country?

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    Joe1962 Premium Member 4 months ago

    Louisiana Purchase in 1803 for $15 Million.

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    ncorgbl  4 months ago

    Actually they agreed to what they wrote.

    “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.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed;”

    Why would ant real American try to censor our Declaration of Independence?

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    ncorgbl  4 months ago

    The following treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. Founder, first vice president, and 2nd President John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation.

    Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary.

    Annals of Congress, 5th Congress

    Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

    The Library of Congress

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    cwg  4 months ago

    Highly accurate and disturbingly correct.

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    DrDon1  4 months ago

    What Varvel understands about the religious beliefs of the Founders could be printed on a Mini-Cooper’s bumper sticker!

    [ Also applies to his ‘followers’ ]

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    PaulGoes  4 months ago

    If God gives rights and not the government, why don’t people in dictatorships have rights.

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    apfelzra Premium Member 4 months ago

    His ignorance of American history is on full display. He’s reading from the Declaration of Independence, NOT from the U.S. Constitution. He may as well quote most of the rest of the Declaration, which is a long list of grievances against King George III.

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    think it through  4 months ago

    That’s a nice cartoon but is the real God going to come down from heaven and protect those God given rights when communists, nazi’s or republicans attack us to take those rights away? Or are you going to need a government to do it? I served during a war to protect the constitution and the rights written in it, but I will be damed if I will ever put my life on the line again to protect YOUR god. You better hope your god trump heals his bone spurs and he is willing to defend you, because I will not.

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    My First Premium Member 4 months ago

    Also discussed at that signing…Immature thinking (liberals) – I deserve, I’m entitled, pay my bills, take care of me, do not offend me, it’s all about me.Mature thinking (Conservatives) – I must earn, It’s about others, Challenge my views, I will buy my own stuff, Nobody owes me anything, I’m responsible for my success. See the difference?

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    Plumb.Bob Premium Member 4 months ago

    That creator wrote support for slavery into his book. Unlike the Constitution men wrote, it is not ammendable. (At least that is what the men who wrote god’s book for him claim.)

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    SteveO202  4 months ago

    What a clown.

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    dpatrickryan Premium Member 4 months ago

    Look up the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli some time. Article 11 stated: “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion” and it was passed unanimously without debate.

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    Mats Dahlgren Premium Member 4 months ago

    You forgot the last line Gary! “We name this country Gilead”…..

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