Friday, February 22, 2008

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"God Who Gave Us Life"
Testament of Freedom - Song 1
sung by Columbia Choral Society

"The God Who Gave Us Life"
is the first song in the Testament of Freedom
sung by The Columbia Choral Society
as directed by Dr. Will Carswell.
Randall Thompson's Testament of Freedom
are some wise words of Thomas Jefferson set to music.
A dramatic reading introduction to the song
was performed by James Renwick Manship, Sr., as
"The Spirit of Thomas Jefferson LIVES!"

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Library of Congress link to Draft of the
Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson

Writing against the Sovereign King of England
(a denial of the flawed legal theory of "Sovereign Immunity"
and its also un-Constitutional sub-set "Judicial Immunity"
promoted by irresponsible elected servants and
unaccountable judges in America today...)
Jefferson wrote:

he has waged cruel war against human nature itself,
violating it's most sacred rights of life & liberty
in the persons of a distant people who never offended him,
captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere,
or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither.
this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of
infidel powers,
is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain.
determined to keep open a market where
MEN should be bought & sold,
he has prostituted his negative
for suppressing every legislative attempt
to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce:
and that this assemblage of horrors
might want no fact of distinguished die,
he is now exciting those very people
to rise in arms among us,
and to purchase that liberty
of which he has deprived them,
& murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them;
thus paying off former crimes
committed against the
liberties of one people,
with crimes which he urges them to commit
against the
lives of another.

Rough draft of Declaration of Independence at the Library of Congress.

Sadly these powerful and wise words of Jefferson against "Chattel Slavery" were deleted from the version we know.

Other Jefferson's words against "Judicial Slavery", decrying the injustice of judges and judiciary powers remained in our Declaration of Independence, and Jefferson returned to that same threat to freedom during and after his two terms as President, as is quoted in the introductions to the songs of this Testament of Freedom performance.

he has suffered the administration of justice totally to cease in some of these colonies, refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers:

he has made our judges dependant on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and amount of their salaries:

he has erected a multitude of new offices by a self-assumed power, & sent hither swarms of officers to harrass our people & eat out their substance:


he has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitutions and unacknoleged by our laws; giving his assent to their pretended acts of legislation, ...

for protecting them by a mock-trial from punishment for any murders they should commit on the inhabitants of these states;


for depriving us of the benefits of trial by jury;

for transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences: for taking away our charters, & altering fundamentally the forms of our governments;

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"We Have Counted the Cost"
Testament of Freedom - Song 2
sung by Columbia Choral Society

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"We Fight Not for Glory"
Testament of Freedom - Song 3
sung by Columbia Choral Society

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1606 Virginia Charter 10 April a.d.1606
Citie of Henricus a.d. 1611
King James Version Bible
Henricus College a.d. 1619 - America's First

a.d. 1604 Book of Common Prayer

a.d. 1606 Virginia Company charter to "propagate the Christian religion to the inhabitants..."

a.d. 1607 Jamestowne settlement

a.d. 1611 Citie of Henricus settlement

a.d. 1611 King James Version Holy Bible published

a.d. 1619 "Legislative Liberty" - first legislative assembly at Jamestowne

a.d. 1619 First College in America - Henricus Colledge, to teach Indians faith in Jesus Christ.

If you go to Jamestowne Settlement, you can see a monument to the first "Legislative Liberty" assembly in America that convened there in anno domini 1619.

If you read carefully the names inscribed thereupon, you will see the name John Jefferson representing Flower Dew Hundred on the south shore of the James River, and upriver the Citie of Henricus was represented by a gentleman named Mr. Dowse.

In that same year of a.d. 1619, the first college in America, Henricus Colledge, was founded at the Citie of Henricus, near yet down river a bit from modern day Richmond with the founding purpose to teach the Christian faith to the "Indians" or Native Americans so they would be able to share the Gospel with their brothers.

In a.d. 1804, another Mr. Dowse, a missionary to the Native Americans wrote to President Thomas Jefferson asking him to prepare a Gospel Tract "from the Great White Chief, the President" to aid his efforts in evangelizing the Indians to embrace a faith in Jesus Christ.

Jefferson had written that if the Gospel had been taught as pure as it came from his lips (the lips of Jesus), the whole civilized world would now be Christian. Thus, it was logical for President Jefferson to create a "Gospel Tract" of just the words of Jesus and a few verses for context.

That explains why both the virgin birth of Jesus by his mother Mary, and the miracles are NOT included in the so-called "Jefferson Bible", the reason being that if one studies the Bible closely like Thomas Jefferson did daily, one would know that Jesus NEVER described the virgin birth or the miracles. In one verse in John, Jesus listed the miracles. Jefferson included that verse in what is now called the "Jefferson Bible", so Jefferson did NOT deny the miracles contrary to what most modern historians write and speak.

Jefferson chose for the motto of "His" University of Virginia:
"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free."
Those words are from the Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 8, Verse 32
and are the words of Jesus.

By the way,

10 April a.d. 1606

is when the Virginia Company charter was signed by

King James I, where the third paragraph stated

the purpose for the Virginia colony was to

"propagate the Christian Religion

to the inhabitants thereof..."

13 April a.d. 1743

is when Thomas Jefferson was born.

And 13 April a.d. 1943 was the

first official performance of

Testament of Freedom

composed by University of Virginia

Music Professor Randall Thompson.

To learn more on Henricus, click here.

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a.d. 1804 White House Bible Study
"Jefferson Bible" or Gospel Tract from
"Great White Chief"

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a.d. 1820 so-called "Jefferson Bible"

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"I Shall Not Die Without A Hope"
Testament of Freedom - Song 4
sung by Columbia Choral Society

In this video are shown the Title Pages of the TWO versions of the so-called

Jefferson Bible.

Reading the Title Pages, one can learn much truth not told in the History books.

Always best to go to "original source materials", not accept the "story" of some history book writer who copied some other prior history book writer and thereby duplicated, or compounded the original error.

See for yourself...

And then hear the wonderful wise words of Jefferson sung by the

Wonderful Voices of the Columbia Choral Society!


Jefferson portrait (in painting-not in person!)

TJ pen and paper

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TJ at Williamsburg

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TJ on bench (not judicial bench!!!)

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

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TJ: said use Isaac Watts Hymn Book - Did TJ intend Divine & Moral Songs for Children ?

As President, Thomas Jefferson was also the Chairman of the City of Washington public schools. In that capacity, Jefferson stated that two books WOULD be used in the schools, the Holy Bible and the Isaac Watts Hymnal. However, we do not know what translation of the Bible, whether the Authorized or King James Version, or some other translation. Further, we do not know if Jefferson was referring to the Isaac Watts hymnal for children shown here that is titled "Divine and Moral Songs for Children", or the hymnal used in many churches, "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs."

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Isaac Watts - Divine & Moral Songs for Children - Cover

This is the cover of a fine reproduction of the Isaac Watts hymnal for children titled "Moral Songs for Children" assembled by Mrs. Carris Kocher who lives in the area near Valley Forge and heads a patriotic group called the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Celebration Committee.

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Isaac Watts - Father of Hymnology

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