The War on Religion
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Protect and Perpetuate our Religious Foundation
I have outlined in detail in the book I authored titled "War on Religion," a description of deliberate effort, with the help of the biased media, by people and organizations attacking religious values we inherited in our country. This effort, in large part, is a legal effort by the communist founded ACLU and various secular court decisions. So, please take a moment to see how important the faith and devotion to God and Jesus Christ was to our Founding Fathers. The Framers of our Constitution made it quite clear as to whom they were indebted and to whom this country's freedom, future and devotion was attributed.They also felt freedom of religion, in its various forms, was very important.
I say, as a historian, a page of history is worth a volume of founded logic. History shows clearly the intent and purpose of our Founding Fathers. The men who wrote the Declaration of Independence declared within it their undying faith towards God for all generations to see and follow. Read a small SAMPLING as follows:
Speech excerpts from George Washington, 1st President of the United States, Commander in Chief of the US during the Revolutionary War, chairman of the Constitutional Convention: "You do well to learn our arts and our ways of life, and above all the religion of Jesus Christ." "Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy Holy Word..direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. Bless, O Lord, all the people of this land." "We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself ordained." First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789."To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of a Christian."
Speech excerpts from Samuel Adams, member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration: "Let…statesmen and patriots unite in their endeavors to renovate the age by..educating their little boys and girls..and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system." "We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His Kingdom come."
Speech excerpts from Patrick Henry, Delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, Congressman and five_time governor to Virginia; turned down nominations as Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: "Amongst other strange things said of me, I hear it is said by the deists that I am one of their number; and, indeed, that some good people think I am no Christian. This thought gives me much more pain than the appellation of Tory; because I think religion of infinitely higher importance than politics.
Speech excerpts from John Adams, member of the Continental Congress, 2nd President of the United States, Vice President To the United States, Commissioner to France, US Ambassador to England: On March 6, 1789, President Adams called for a national day of fasting and prayer so that the nation might "call to mind the numerous offenses against the most high God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore his pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgression, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience." "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 for the government of any other." Oct. 11, 1798, address to the officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Mass., America's God and Country.
Speech excerpts from Benjamin Franklin in a letter to the President of the first Constitutional Congress, 1789: " I have lived a long time, Sir, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth_ that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that " except the Lord built the House they labor in vain that built it."
Speech excerpts from James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution, signer of the Declaration, Secretary of State, President of the United States: "We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind to self_government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
What is the value of religion in traditional American life?
In my view, the American way of Religious life is individualistic, dynamic, pragmatic. It not only affirms the supreme value and dignity of the individual, but to a higher being; it stresses incessant activity on the individuals part; "for he is never to rest, but is always to be striving to "get ahead"and improve all others; it defines an ethic of self_reliance, merit, and character, and judges by achievement. "Deeds" are what count." The "American Way of Life" is humanitarian, "forward_looking," optimistic, religious. Americans are easily the most generous and philanthropic people in the world, in terms of their readiness to an unstinting response to suffering anywhere on the globe. The patriotic American believes in progress, in self_improvement, and quite idealistically proper education. But above all, the American is idealistic, based on inherited history. Americans cannot go on making money or achieving worldly success simply on its own merits; such "materialistic" things must, in the American mind, be justified in "higher terms," in terms of "service," or "stewardship," or "general welfare." And because they are so idealistic, Americans tend to be, unquestionability, moralistic; they are inclined to see all issues as plain and simple, black and white, issues of morality, as a result of their religious beliefs.
So the next time someone says to you that its inappropriate to defend civilization, that it is somehow wrong to serve your country, you need to remind them that there are sound, firm, biblical basis and there’s a deep tradition in the Christian religion of the just war, and of the right to defend civilization. And it’s important that we get this straight and we win this argument because it is at the heart of the future of this country. As I have previously said, we are currently under siege at two fronts–we have an extremist wing of Islam--what I would call the irreconcilable wing–that would destroy us if they could, and we have a secular radicalism that would eliminate all historical evidence of the American experience and would fundamentally change the nature of America. We must understand, and defend our inheritance religious foundation.
In God We Trust.
Glenn A. Clepper
Writer, Columnist, Book Author, Patriot and Historian