Adullam Films’ 2010 production states that Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress and Congress of the Confederation, made the final decisions for the Great Seal of the United States, placing an anti-Christian symbol thereon. What evidence is there to prove this allegation?
Following is the entire report, written in Charles Thomson’s handwriting, and endorsed by him, as Secretary of Congress, for the ‘Device for a Great Seal of the United States in Congress Assembled,’ finally adopted on June 20, 1782:
The Great Seal of the United States, adopted by Congress on June 20, 1782
“Remarks and Explanation:
The Escutcheon is composed of the chief & pale, the two most honorable ordinaries: The pieces, paly, represent the Several States all joined in one solid compact entire, supporting a Chief, which unites the whole & represents Congress. The Motto alludes to this union. The pales in the arms are kept closely united by the chief and the chief depends on that Union & the strength resulting from it for its support, to denote the Confederacy of the United States of America & the preservation of their Union through Congress. The colours of the pales are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence; Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the colour of the Chief signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice. The Olive branch and arrows denote the power of peace & war which is exclusively vested in Congress. The Constellation denotes a new State taking its place and rank among other sovereign powers. The Escutcheon is born on the breast of an American Eagle without any other support, to denote that the United States of America ought to rely on their own Virtue. Reverse. The Pyramid signifies Strength and Duration: The Eye over it & the Motto allude to the many signal interpositions of Providence in favour of the American cause. The date underneath is that of the Declaration of Independence and the words under it signify the beginning of the new American era, which commences from that date.” 1
From the above-quoted original, housed in the National Archives, we understand that there is no anti-Christian symbol on the Great Seal of the United States, adopted by the United States Congress, on June 20, 1782.
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Device for a Great Seal of the United States in Congress Assembled, adopted June 20, 1782. Original in Charles Thomson’s handwriting, endorsed by him. Department of State, Washington, D.C.