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What? Sam Adams Beer Doesn’t Like God?

Chances are, something slipped past you last week.  Yep – it was the Sam Adams God and beer controversy.   I first noticed it when CBS Boston posted the story, and then a TV news network wanted my opinion about it.  It appears that the beer maker produced a TV commercial quoting the Declaration of Independence.  But for whatever reason, they left out the word “God:”

“All men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” the actor in the commercial says.  But the actual document reads, “…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

So the beer maker’s Facebook page lit up, other conservative sites wrote about it, and pretty quickly, Sam Adams executives apparently made the decision to pull it from view.

So the question is:  As a Christian or a patriot, do you care?  Do you drink beer?  Is this another example of the culture war?  Or just another case of Christians getting twisted up over something that doesn’t really matter?  (Like raising thousands of dollars to fight a city council decision to drop a prayer from the start of a High School football game.)  Does it matter?

I’d love to know your thoughts….

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  1. I hope for the day when this is our most pressing problem. Personally, I’m more offended by the fact the the man who wrote that famous platitude owned slaves, knew it was wrong, and lacked the courage to free them even when he died.

    1. I would like to quote Samuel Adams on his thoughts of slavery:

      But to the eye of reason, what can be more clear than that all men have an equal right to happiness? Nature made no other distinction than that of higher or lower degrees of power of mind and body. . . . Were the talents and virtues which Heaven has bestowed on men given merely to make them more obedient drudges? . . . No! In the judgment of heaven there is no other superiority among men than a superiority of wisdom and virtue.11 Samuel Adams, Signer of the Declaration, “Father of the American Revolution”

      It was not an new idea to own slaves but the majority of our Founding Fathers after the Revolution are the ones who planted seeds to abolish slavery including Samuel Adams as stated below:

      “Slavery in New England was not viewed as an entirely evil enterprise. One of the most prevalent attitudes towards slavery throughout New England as well as the rest of the colonies was that slaves were taken in order to Christianize them. This became the general feeling among many Puritan slave owners.

      However, over time and with the publication of Sewall’s anti-slavery pamphlet, as well as the support of such prestigious leaders and well-known politicians as Governor John Winthrop and John and Samuel Adams, slavery in New England was outlawed soon after the Revolution”.

      Christianity is what has brought freedom to the world not politics. Without God, men are pawns in the hands of politicians; with God, the Creator, they are all equal as He has created them.

      1. Secular humanists have been strategically rewriting history for years – conveniently omitting references to God. Why should we expect any less from a beer manufacturer?

  2. Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. I’m just happy that Corona didn’t diss God like Sam Adams did, or I’d have a moral dilemma.

  3. Why do we need to cram religion into every single aspect of American life, including beer? Samuel Adams came from Puritan stock but I’m sure he understood that freedom of religion included not beating everyone over the head with it.

  4. I think if quoting a very, very famous document you should quote it correctly, but I also think God is withholding His wrath from being left out a beer commercial. As a retired Marine I think political correctness has run amok, but it could be the beer talking…

  5. I’d be a lot more troubled by the omission if the commercial otherwise directly quoted the Declaration. But it was a paraphrase, not a direct quote. Sam Adams was attempting to advertise a product, not give a history lesson or make a theological statement. I understand a secular product not wanting to reference God – it’s not like that would suddenly deliver them the Christian audience, but it easily could annoy some atheists and agnostics. Some risk, no reward.

    Seems like every group out there – Christians, atheists, gays, Latinos, Jews, conservatives, Wiccans, whomever – is perpetually on the lookout for some perceived slight that they can complain about and hold up as evidence of discrimination or mockery. I’d like to see Christians not fall into that category quite so often as we seem to; reserving outrage, complaint, or protest for things that actually matter.

  6. Didn’t used to be a Sam Adams beer fan (yes I drink beer). I am now. I continue to be in spite of this. Much ado about nothing.

    Christians should spend their time working on themselves, their families and the significant issues of the time. This ain’t one of ’em.

  7. Psalm 14 explains why… do you really think that satan is not the ruler of this world deceiving everything. EVERYTHING!…. whats the sabbath day? do you really seek the most high? do you really listened to this churches and believe that the christ is for everyone? DO not these churches basically say to you hey do whatever you want as long as you believe its ok youll be ok? SO you tell me where the bullshit is. whoa hey your a man of GOD and your cussing… really now all of a sudden your a pussy to rough talk the christ called these so called jews to their face a “serpent” what was that like to call someone a serpent back then?

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