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Re: Why The Cover-Up?

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 09:57:51 -0500
Archived: Thu, 02 Aug 2007 10:48:56 -0400
Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 17:03:08 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>>From: Paul Scott Anderson <paulscottanderson.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 12:31:51 -0700
>>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 11:56:58 -0500
>>>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

Hi, Nick,

>Society and our beliefs are greatly influenced by what our
>trusted leaders and esteemed scientists proclaim to be correct.
>This includes the U.S. people under President Thomas Jefferson
>who, along with a later popular President, Abraham Lincoln, were
>skeptics and atheists (even though for almost a century the U.S.
>Lincoln one cent coin still has "In God We Trust" on it).

Off-topic, but since you raised the matter:

Lincoln, somebody I know something about, was not an atheist, at
least in his mature years. In his youth, it's true, Tom Paine's
free-thinking views were a strong influence, and ever after,
Lincoln's political opponents sought to paint him as an
'infidel', a dangerous identification in an American even more
Bible-besotted than the present one.

In his later years, Lincoln embraced religious faith, but not a
Christian faith, however much the Christian right and other
devout souls may want us to believe to the contrary. What he
held was a profound personal conviction in a morality (including
one focused on slavery's innate evil) based in good part on his
(considerable) reading of the Bible. Beyond that, he rejected
Christian doctrines but held to a belief in an inscrutable God
who operated through history to achieve his own inscrutable ends
and whose purposes human beings could only contemplate and try
to puzzle out.

According to William C. Harris, Lincoln's most recent
biographer, by the time of his election in 1860, "Lincoln seemed
genuinely to believe that he needed God's blessing and
assistance in order to succeed and save the republic of the
Founding Fathers. Lincoln's spirituality and his search to know
the will of the 'Almighty' became even greater during the war."
His "God", however, would not be recognizable to most
conventionally religious folk.

Jerry Clark

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