I first pointed out here and here that an early draft of the Founders's Bible contained a positive and substantial reference to South Carolina pro-slavery leader James Hammond. I wondered over the months since then whether or not the reference stayed in the Bible since Hammond is such an unsavory character in American history. Indeed, Hammond's endorsement of America as a Christian nation remained in the Founders' Bible on pages 2091-2092:
To me, it seems wrong to elevate Hammond in a study Bible or for any purpose. Senator Hammond was one of the most articulate defenders of slavery as a Christian institution and social good in the pre-Civil War era. Hammond was also a child molester according to his own diaries. And yet the authors of the Founders' Bible laud him as a non-Christian American leader who is fit to defend their view of America as a Christian nation.
I invite you to read the former posts:
Founders’ Bible Cites Pro-Slavery Leader as Proponent of America as a Christian Nation
Founders’ Bible Cites Pro-Slavery Leader as Proponent of America as a Christian Nation, Part Two
See also: Founders’ Bible Rewrites Exodus 18 to Fit Christian Nation Narrative
In my view, the end does not justify the means. David Barton and the editors of the Founders' Bible have brought a generation of American Christians face to face with one of the worst actors in our history and for what purpose? Do they want us to think America must be a Christian nation if non-Christian, slavey supporting, child molesting American politicians promote the idea? Introducing Hammond in the Holy Scriptures with no context, no perspective on why he said the things he did at the time (Hammond believed slavery was a gift from God) is disgraceful.