Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thomas Jefferson

Now, a lot of people get bent out of shape about old TJ - "he's not a Christian, he was a deist..." or about his alleged children with Sally Hemings. BUT... I DO have some thoughts on that. First off, we are in GREAT DANGER when we put today's social/cultural standards on the past. For example... a deist today means God created the Universe and has left it to chance. Not so 200 years ago. And READ his writings. TJ said, "I tremble when I think that God is just and will not lie sleeping dormant forever." Also, he gave $50 to the American Bible Society with the following attached note: "It has just come to my attention taht there are families in this country who do not own a Bible. Please use this money to provide Bibles for them. Reading the Bible makes a man a better father, a better citizen and a better husband."

What about the Bible he "re-wrote", you say? SO glad you asked. What I have read and heard is that he did that for the Native Indians because he wanted them to only hear the words of Jesus, NOT because he didn't believe the miracles, but because he didn't want them to consider Jesus another "witch doctor".

Did he have a crisis of faith when his wife, the love of his life, died suddenly? Most certainly. AS many people have.

ANYhow - I actually just wanted to tell a couple of fun stories about him. But, now I'm worn out from defending him. But here's one:

President Kennedy had all of the Nobel Prize winners dining in the State Dining Room in the White House. He said to them, "This is perhaps the largest group of intelligence ever assembled to dine in this room. Except for when Thomas Jefferson dined here alone."

And - he and John Adams were quite the politcal rivals throughout their careers. However, they ended their lives GREAT friends. AND... they died on the same day: July 4, 1826(yes, exactly 50 years after the reading of the Declaration)

that's all for now. :)


  1. Thanks for the history lesson. Our founders were truly great men!

  2. Never really knew much about TJ, thanks for the insight! You learn something new everyday!!!

  3. Love your insights. Thanks.

    BTW, Glad you're back -- again. :-D

  4. Thanks for sharing friend. I really enjoyed visiting his sites down in VA - Monticello is fantastic.

  5. Good stuff, Sohailah. I always did poorly in history. You're inspiring!

  6. I for one never carried any personal issues of judgment toward Jefferson. He was a great man, in my opinion. Jefferson's [positive] contribution and legacy remains unmatched.

    Thank you for reminding all of us of his commitment to our country - effects that still aide and define us today.

  7. Where have you been girlfriend???

    I tagged you over on my blog. Come join back in the fun!