Once again, the lack of education about our Founding Fathers and their beliefs is proving to be a detriment to our country. Michael Newdow, a self-proclaimed atheist who has fought to remove the phrase "Under God" from our pledge of allegiance, has announced that his next target is our country's motto. "In God We Trust," as you probably know, is printed on the money that you and I use every day, and he wants it removed.
Newdow is not alone in waging war against the principles that make this country great.
As we have seen lately, the attacks against the Bible in our country are becoming more and more blatant. Lawsuit after lawsuit has demanded the removal of Christian symbols from the public square. We saw the Ten Commandments monument removed from the Alabama Supreme Court and, subsequently, Justice Moore removed from his position as chief justice of that court. We have seen the court rule against a Ten Commandments display in a Kentucky courtroom, and the ACLU has taken action against several cities to have their municipal symbols changed because they contain Christian references, something the ACLU contends is unconstitutional.
This assault on Christianity in the public square is chipping away at the foundation upon which our country was built, and when the foundation of a house crumbles, so does the house.
Our Founding Fathers understood that in order for our country to long endure, it was necessary for Americans to be a virtuous people. John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence and second president of the United States, said, "It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue." John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, said, "The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code; it contained many statutes . . . of universal application--laws essential to the existence of men in society, and most of which have been enacted by every nation which ever professed any code of laws."
George Washington, the first president of the United States and the man known as the "Father of Our Country," said in his farewell address, "Of all the dispositions [tendencies] and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness."
That last sentence is amazing to me.
Washington claims that anyone who would work to remove the Bible and its principles from society is not patriotic. I submit to you that, based on the words of George Washington, Michael Newdow and the ACLU activists are not patriotic.
Although Newdow says Christians are trying to impose their religious views on our government, I think it is evident who is disregarding historical fact and trying to remove the very thing the founders believed was necessary to perpetuate our system of government. Clearly this is his and the ACLU's own little war against the very principles that make this country great.
Alexis De Tocqueville, a French philosopher, when writing about democracy in America, said,
"The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom."
We must never cease to be good if we want our country to remain free, and freedom can only endure if the people are good.
Benjamin Franklin said, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Look around you, and you will see that the country is more violent and the people more avaricious than ever. In addition, our government is stricter now because the laws must be more numerous to restrain the passions that should rightly be bridled by morality.
John Adams said, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Many other quotations from our founders and others illustrate the same idea, but I feel my point has been made.
In order for our nation to remain free, we must adhere to biblical principles, and any assault against these principles is an assault on freedom. I'll close with this quotation from Thomas Jefferson. "The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend all to the happiness of mankind."
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By Kyle McClure