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Published on July 20th, 2011 | by Gary DeMar

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The Unknown Christian History of Mount Rushmore

Many Americans are unaware of the Christian history of the Mount Rushmore carvings. At its inception, the massive monument was to include an explicitly Christian inscription to ensure future generations would understand the reason for its existence. Watch this episode of Vantage Point to find out more of this fascinating history!
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Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles, His most recent book is Exposing the Real Last Days Scoffers. Gary lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife, Carol. They have two married sons and four grandchildren, Gary and Carol are members of Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA).



21 Responses to The Unknown Christian History of Mount Rushmore

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  2. TheTruthHurtsTheRight says:

    There is more evidence that Mt. Rushmore is a tribute to the suffering of homosexual by the right wing nut jobs. Their holy book is not for peace, but to kill and torture. Just like native Americans.

  3. Mrs. James Clemons says:

    This is most grevious to see, I could not hear the video, so have had to read all of these comments. I am greatly saddened by the way that the ‘Native Indians’ have been treated by those who have not been able to do what is best. I am also greatly saddened by the fact of the many losses that only God knows why they took place. Yes there were many times that the U.S. gov. did wrong to the American Indians, and those who did befriend the American Colonist should have been treated better, and the Americans, early pioneers who did move into Indian country, needed to be able to share the land, share the food, and the ways of healthy living if at all possible to help promote God’s Love and Salvation for the lost souls. When troubled times came as in disease that killed off many due to lack of knowledge of how to stop it’s infiltration, and lack of proper education of treating it when discovered that was a great saddness altogether. I am greived that such has happened and that many have suffered from wars, and loss of land property, and families too. But God does love all people, and desires that all would come to Him. That their souls would be saved and that their lives would be spared the judgement of hell. Those who do not respond to the Gospel message are going to find themselves in that place of judgement. Those who do give their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ will know first hand the Peace of His Salvation and the Joy of it as well. But the brutality of the losses are only avoidable when God is able to transform peoples souls, and all are guilty of sin, not just one person or one nation of people. He knows the heart so much better than mankind, and all of mankind needs to respond to God. May those who are willing to seek Him realize this Truth, and know that His Word does not fail in it’s purposes. Man may fail God, but He does not fail in His purpose and will for mankind. It may not take place as you want it to, it may not take place as you wait in your time, but it will take place most definitly in HIS time .

  4. Greg says:

    Mount Rushmore was originally concocted by South Dakota State Historian Doane Robinson as a tourist destination. It was to include “Western” heroes like Lewis and Clark, Sitting Bull, and others. It had nothing to do with Christianity.

    Many people are also unaware that the Rushmore sculptor,”genius” Gutzon Borglum, was a virulent racist and that he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan while working on his ill-fated version of the carving at Stone Mountain outside Atlanta.

    Borglum speaks on Anglo-Saxons and African Slaves “While Angl0-Saxons have themselves sinned grievously against the principle of pure nationalism by illicit slave and alien servant traffic, it has been the character of the cargo that has eaten into the very moral fiber of our race character, rather than the moral depravity of Anglo-Saxon traders…”

    In other words, “Yeah it was a sin to enslave people, but the “cargo” on the slave ships are the real depraved people in this country. They are corrupting us good, God fearing, white folks.”

    It would take hours and pages to debate this whole thing, but to call Mount Rushmore a “christian” shrine is laughable. More likely a shrine to Whiteness, greed, and the pompous belief that we were just doing what God wanted us to.

    “What does this Mount Rushmore mean to us Indians? It means that these big white faces are telling us, “First we gave you Indians a treaty that you could keep these Black Hills forever, as long as the sun would shine,in exchange for all the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana. Then we found gold and took this last piece of land, because we were stronger, and there were more of us than there were of you, and because we had cannons and Gatling guns…And after we did all this we carved up this mountain, the dwelling place of your spirits, and put our four gleaming white faces here. We are the conquerers.”

    - Lakota Indian leader John Lame Deer

    • URKiddinMee says:

      If one studies the history of the Native Americans, it is one long inter-tribal battle for hunting grounds, women, horses especially, or just the pure hell of it. Apaches against Comanches, Shoshone against Pawnee, Sioux against damned near everybody, etc. etc. ad infinitum. To call any place, such as the Black Hills , “native land” to any one tribe ignores the means by which that tribe came into possession of it. Namely, killing or running off the previous inhabitants. While the treatment of the indigenous people by the most recent invaders (the “whites” as you refer to them) is a dark chapter in our collective history, it’s no different than what was being practiced by the native tribes for many generations. The “whites” were just more numerous, better organized and much better armed. As Rodney King said, “Can’t we just all get along?”

  5. JAS says:

    The longest period of peace between “natives” and “colonists” was between the Pequot War ending in 1637 and King Philip’s War in 1675. In fact this is a longer period of peace ever experienced by the US. These conflicts were initiated over a number of reasons among them; land issues, misunderstanding of previous treaties, cultural clashes, and the activity of Christian missionaires among the “natives”. In both these conflicts “friendly” natives rendered invaluable help to the “colonists” to bring both conflicts to a successful conclusion. In fact, neither of these wars wouldv’e been won without their aid. Some, not all of the “native ” friendlies were converted “natives”. If anyone had just cause to have an undying hatred of Christianity it would be Samson Occum, whose Pequot tribe was almost exterminated by Puritan militia. Yet he was converted during the Great Awakening, served as a missionary to his own people and was one of the missionaries who converted some of the Oneida tribe prior to the War for Independence, rendering the Oneidas a nuetral player, which diluted the full power of the Iroquois confederacy, a deciding factor in the war in upstate NY. Mr Occum also helped found an Indian Charity school in N.H. now named Dartmouth. Sometimes God works in ways we just can’t understand but He is always working to have His purpose accomplished.

  6. aSeattleConservative says:

    Since you’re smearing Christopher Columbus as well:

    Christopher Columbus, Christ-Bearer to the Americas
    http://vftonline.org/EndTheWall/Columbus.htm

  7. aSeattleConservative says:

    A couple of more articles to help educate you Stephen.

    The ancestors of the so-called “Native Americans” took possession of the New World by a brutal mission of genocidal conquest.
    http://www.loompanics.com/Articles/AmericanIndians.html

    Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide?
    http://hnn.us/articles/7302.html

  8. aSeattleConservative says:

    More information for a politically correct Stephen Patrick:

    The Indians inhabited this country, but they did not occupy it. They wandered over it. In 1841, most of the Indians in the West still lived precariously by hunting, supplemented by a primitive agriculture. Only a few supported themselves entirely by farming, and many of these – notably the Pueblo peoples of the Southwest-are still to be found, more than a hundred years later, where they have been for centuries. But the nomadic Indians, dependent on the chase, soon killed or frightened off all the game in a considerable area. They were forced to keep moving. Such Indians had no more idea of owning land than they did of owning the waters they traversed in their canoes or the air over their heads. It is said that the Indians who disposed of Manhattan for twenty-four dollars were somewhat in the same position as the man who sold the Brooklyn Bridge for ten dollars; they didn’t own it, just chanced to be on the island for a week-end fishing trip.
    http://74.6.117.48/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=Old+West%3A++Nomadic+Indian+Tribes&xa=IWpyIshxyRWegpguFAcSqw–%2C1311391206&fr=yfp-t-701&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=Old+West%3a+Nomadic+Indian+Tribes&d=4862745033704129&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=3c136760,899ab85e&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=9EXmOgSl.4e9ADFnz6iv6g–

    • Stephen Patrick says:

      Politically correct or not. Thankfully its biblically correct. Please show me the verses from Jesus that say it is alright to slaughter a people group (savages according to you and Thomas Jefferson) and then slap a few Bible verses on what used to be their property and declare it to be a Christian monument or evidence of Christian history one should be proud of. I can’t find those instructions from the Sermon on the Mount nor anywhere else from Jesus or the apostles. Just what part of “love your enemies” do you not understand? In a few hundred years our ancestors will probably be told of the “Christian(?)” history of a Marine compound in Iraq or Afghanistan, and some conservative will nod in agreement. Yesterday’s Indian savage is todays Arab sand nigger. Whats the difference, Right? You probably still believe that Columbus was a Christian. A tree is known by its fruit.

      • aSeattleConservative says:

        Did someone say “slaughter”?

        In his epic work France and England in North America, the great American historian Francis Parkman describes the early 17th-century recreational and culinary habits of the Iroquois Indians (also known as the Five Nations, from whom, some will have it, the United States derived elements of its Constitution). He tells that the Iroquois, along with other tribes of northeastern United States and Canada, “were undergoing that process of extermination, absorption, or expatriation, which, as there is reason to believe, had for many generations formed the gloomy and meaningless history of the greater part of this continent.” Parkman describes an attack by the Iroquois on an Algonquin hunting party, late in the autumn of 1641, and the Iroquois’ treatment of their prisoners and victims:

        They bound the prisoners hand and foot, rekindled the fire, slung the kettles, cut the bodies of the slain to pieces, and boiled and devoured them before the eyes of the wretched survivors. “In a word,” says the narrator [that is, the Algonquin woman who escaped to tell the tale], “they ate men with as much appetite and more pleasure than hunters eat a boar or a stag …”
        http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v17/v17n3p-7_Beary.html

        • Stephen Patrick says:

          So what. The Iroquois, not any other Indian tribe are not claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ! They are not saying we believe in Jesus with a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other. Yet it is Americans making that claim as they “slaughter” the “savages”, steal their land, erect monuments, and carve lofty words of God’s providence. Even unbelievers can see just how wrong you are.

        • aSeattleConservative says:

          Poor Stephen; he just loves to hate America, a countryy where he can openly announce his alleged love for Christ, but doesn’t have the backbone to show his love for Christ in other parts of the world.
          http://idop.org/pages/resources/idop-video.php

        • Stephen Patrick says:

          So, you are basing my “alleged love” for Christ on whether or not I agree with your warped, glossed over, rah rah America can do no wrong view of history? So thats the litmus test for being a Christian in “your” America today? Since when does knowing the truth about this country (the good and the bad) imply “hate for America?” Typical right-wing “American Christian” responses from you. How sad. Can you please show me the verses in the Bible by Jesus or one of the apostles that backs up anything you’ve written yet? And what does your link to persecuted Christians in other parts of the world have to do with anything thats been mentioned here? Just what are you implying?

        • Victoria says:

          SP
          I’m not going to imply……I’m saying it straight out.
          Wow……………..You are CRAZY and an IDIOT!

        • Stephen Patrick says:

          Thanks Victoria for your very intelligent comments. I’m glad you were able to answer my questions with respect and not resort to childish, immature name calling.

      • bud says:

        Old post, but this is brilliantly stated.

  9. Stephen Patrick says:

    Christian history of Mount Rushmore? Didn’t the US steal this land from the Lakota Tribe? Didn’t the Sioux Treaty of 1868 guarantee the Black Hills forever to the Lakota? Closed off to all whites? And wasn’t it because of the continued violations of this treaty, by whites, prospectors, migrant workers, etc? When the Indians fought back, the US reneged on the treaty and took the Black Hills back. Wow! Yes, thats a Christian heritage one can really be proud of.

    • aSeattleConservative says:

      There was good reason for Thomas Jefferson referring to the American Indian as “savages” Stephen:

      “To the savage every member of a hostile tribe was equally an enemy, and he gloried as much in the death of an infant as in that of the warrior father. Victory meant indiscriminate massacre, with most revolting mutilation of the dead, followed in the early period in nearly every portion of the East and South by a cannibal feast.”
      http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07747a.htm

      Be appreciative of Christian-Judeo European culture.

      • Mutantone says:

        Yes you kill all enemies when you can, you desecrate their bodies so they suffer in the after life, you eat of the brave ones to gain some of their courage, but it was not wide spread cannibalism where they made an effort to go out for “Meat” albeit some tribes in Texas were known to go out for meat of the human type but they were ostracized and considered enemies to many other tribes for their cannibalistic ways. For the most part the symbolic almost religious eating of the enemies flesh was limited to very small bits and the whole body was not consumed. the goal was not for a meal but spiritual inclusion of the enemies powers into their own body. Sort of like the Catholic communion.

  10. aSeattleConservative says:

    Yet another interesting piece on America’s Christian heritage.

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