There are different types and terms for the inability to know something or accept something. I loved my dog Mickey and he was smart, but I know that he could never understand a door knob, know how to drive a car or learn the alphabet.
Similarly, there are people who sadly do not know about these things either, or who understand any of the basics of science, accumulated knowledge, history, truth, facts or logic. They are stupid, the dictionary definition of which is “lacking normal understanding or intelligence; slow-witted; dull.”
In contrast to this is ignorance. We are all ignorant of tens of thousands of things. For example, I do not know how to fly a commercial airplane, build an AK-47, read or speak Farsi, blow glass, make a computer chip, grow wheat or play the piano. I don’t know thousands or other things either.
I know how to live in my world, and to function as a writer, photographer, home owner, driver, husband, father, etc. I can do things, buy things, use things and communicate with the rest of the English speaking world without making a complete fool of myself.
Thus, I have what I would call deliberate ignorance or ignorance of those things unimportant or not useful to me such as flying a commercial airplane, etc.
There are also those of “willful ignorance” who will not or do not accept things of which there is ample evidence or proof. These are people who might as well believe that the earth is flat and that the sun goes around the earth.
Sure, there are a few people like this around, but most of us recognize that evidence of a round earth and heliocentric solar system is solidly proven.
By the same token, many Christians believe that the USA is based on Christianity, that the Founding Fathers were all Christian, that the Constitution is based on Christian principles or has Christian references laced through its articles and amendments. None of this is true.
Let’s look at some facts:
1. There is no reference of God or any other deity in the Constitution.
2. From 1776 and the Declaration of Independence until 1788 and the final ratification of the Constitution, the Founding Fathers had 12 years to insert Biblical or Christian references in the Constitution. They did not do this.
3. Many if not most of the Founding Fathers were Deists, not Christians.
4. The June 10, 1797 treaty with Tripoli specifically states that the United States is not and never will be a “Christian nation”.
5. The separation of church and state references most likely come from the Constitution of the Freemasons.
6. Of the 39 signers of the Constitution, 13 were Freemasons.
7. The letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury CT Baptists emphasized the separation of church and state.
8. English common law, basic common sense and the Magna Carta (1215) were the most likely sources for our Constitution – not the Christian Bible.
9. The first three presidents of the US – George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson – were all Deists, not Christians.
10. The phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance was added belatedly in 1954, long after the original Pledge was penned 62 years earlier in 1892 by Baptist minister Francis Bellamy.
In contrast to the above, there are no proofs or evidence at all of any undue Christian influence on the Founding Fathers or evidence of their incorporation of Bible verses, Biblical precepts or Christian influences in our rules for government.
Failure of Christians to accept the above as facts (which they are) is an example of “willful ignorance.”