The American Revolution, Taxes or Religion?

In School we have all been taught about the imposition of taxes by the British Government as being the "cause" that Americans most espoused as a reason for the rush to independence and the overthrow of the colonial government. Never let it be said that the tax amounted to 12 cents per anum, and the citizens of Britain were taxed upwards of 10 pounds or more.

Yet text books rarely point out the anti-Catholicism was at the heart of the revolution. Instead they focus on taxes and the like. That was hardly what the revolution was all about.

"I did verily believe, as I do still, that much more is to be dreaded from the growth of popery in America, than from the Stamp Act, or any other acts destructive of civil rights." Samuel Adams. (Yep the old Beer making fool himself)

This is why when King George III was being burned in effigy so was the Pope, as banners proclaimed that they would have no "Popish king". The oath with which the rebels forced Tories to make under penalty of torture and possibly death required them to "renounce the pope" and "the King" and "to turn Whig or Christian (Puritan)". Yet at the same time under George III the requirement to hold the king as the head of the church in England was lifted. The new oath now read:

A.B. do sincerely promise and swear, That I will be faithful, and bear true Allegiance to his Majesty King George, and him will defend to the utmost of my Power, against all traitorous Conspiracies, and Attempts whatsoever, which shall be made against his Person. Crown. and Dignity; and I will do my utmost Endeavor to disclose and make known to his Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, all Treasons, and traitorous Conspiracies, and Attempts, which I shall know to be against him, or any of them; and all this I do swear without any Equivocation, mental Evasion, or secret Reservation, and renouncing all Pardons and Dispensations from any Power or Person whomsoever to the contrary. So help me GOD

For the first time since Henry VIII destroyed the purity of the Faith in England, the English raised up a Catholic chaplain for an all Catholic regiments of American Loyalists. The first Catholic Chaplain since the Anglican schism was Fr. John McKenna.

From a thread intitled "Masons and 1 heretic"
reply by Mark Amesse dtd 101007


canicus said...

You make a good argument. I'll have to give it a good bit of thought and go back over some of the documents. I'd not taken notice of it when they required me to study this material in the university, but I also don't tend to note Protestant anti-catholic rhetoric, since it is so common. It does fit, however, with the influence of masonry and its ilk on the revolutionaries (e.g. Franklin's involvement with the Hellfire Club).

Thanks for bringing the topic up. It's certainly worth looking into.

Brantigny said...

That is why liberalism is so insidious. The world is anti-Catholic. Why? Because many Protestant Eclesiatic communities stir up hatred of Catholics and the Pope in order to further their agenda. It is far easier to blame Catholics, Jesuits, the mass for ills and use my religion as a bad example, than it is to convey a passage from scripture.

Then too it is fear that some freedom will be taken from people if they are Catholic. Bill Cosby used to have a skit where he tells his wife that she has to do IT because if she doesnt he will call the Pope. Is this not anti-Catholic?