Misquoted Quote

To the Editor,
I noticed a letter written by Pat Plowman in the Oct. 12 edition contained a “PS” at the end of her letter with a religious quote from George Washington. It said, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”
Unfortunately for her, George Washington never said that. A similar quote was first mentioned in the 1830s and said to be from Washington, however no one has ever found any document anywhere that shows this to be true. And more suspiciously George’s quote has changed down through the years. In the quote used by Pat, at one time “nation” used to be “world” and before that, it used to be “universe.” And also the words “God and Bible” used to be “God” and before that the word used was “supreme being.”
The Tea Party groups have been really good at concocting fake quotes from our Founding Fathers that allege to show their intensions of forming a country based on Christianity. My brother started questioning these fake quotes a number of years ago during the rise of the right wing faction of the Tea Party. He said it is actually surprising how many of them are out there, and those quotes are actually quite easy to research for accuracy. Copies of documents, speeches, and research papers concerning our Founding Fathers are available at the Library of Congress.

Larry Carpenter


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, July 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Monday, July 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

Fax: 406-446-2225

Toll-Free: 800-735-8843

Open: Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.