Conspiracy in Philadelphia

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I have just
posted my latest book, Conspiracy in Philadelphia: The Origins
of the U.S. Constitution. The book is complete, except for
the index. I am hoping that all of you will download it, print
it out, read it, and spot typographical and other errors. Send
these errors to me, so that I can make the corrections, print
out a final version, and index it. I don’t want to do a second

If things
go well, 20% of you will download it, 20% of downloaders will
read it (4%), and 20% of these (0.8%) will send typos to me.

This book
is an update of Part 3 of my 1989 book, Political
. While still available as a hardback from Christian
Liberty Press (847-259-4444, ext. 6), that book is broader in
scope than this version. Part 3 is also shorter and less documented.

The book’s
thesis is, even for me, controversial. I provide 400+ pages of
evidence that the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was in fact
an illegal coup d’tat. The participants knew this. This is why
they took a lifetime oath of secrecy, walked upstairs to the second
floor of the State House (so that eavesdroppers could not report
what was going on), closed the doors, and hammered out the design
for a replacement government. Newspaper reporters were excluded.

These men
had been authorized by Congress and by several state legislatures
only to revise the Articles of Confederation (1781), but not replace
them. Knowing full well that they planned to replace the Articles
with a new form of government, the leaders of the Convention nevertheless
agreed to the terms laid down by the state legislatures, and then
went off to Philadelphia to begin the first stage of a political

The story
of this second American revolution is not told in the public school
textbooks or in the "Christian America" seminars that
are dear to the hearts of Christian home schoolers.

But what
about Verna Hall’s book, A
Christian History of the Constitution
? Its documentation
ends in 1774. It is also worth noting that the book was edited
by her colleague, Joseph Montgomery, who was a Christian Scientist.
Why did he edit it? Because Miss Hall was a Christian Scientist
at the time she began compiling her book. I discuss this little-known
background in my book.

In 1787,
the states, with one exception (Rhode Island), were explicitly
based on faith in God. In most cases, elected state representatives
were required to swear their belief in the Trinity. The new Constitution
made all such oaths illegal for Federal office (Article VI, Clause
III). By means of the 14th Amendment (1868), the U.S.
Supreme Court has applied this prohibition to state governments,
completing the transformation in the case of Torcasso v. Watkins

I told this
story 15 years ago. In response, the silence has been deafening.
The "Christian America" promoters have steadfastly avoided
any reference to my 1989 book. So, I decided to create a stand-alone
volume, add more documentation, put a title on it that might break
through this wall of silence, and give it away.

You can download
your copy here:

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5, 2004

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