I am writing from my perspective as a believer in the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Creator God. You may or may not believe God or the Bible, but I do. You may or may not believe that it is wrong to eliminate God from everything public, but I do. You may or may not believe that it is within the rights of those who do not believe to demand that those who do violate their core convictions and accommodate the non-belief of the nonbelievers, but I do. So, if that offends you, please close this post and move on. I defend your right to believe what you believe. I care what you believe but recognize your right to make your choice.
It is my view that an atheistic minority is tyrannizing America. Well, I hope it is a minority and that this nation has not suffered such devolution that a majority of Americans have become nonbelievers. That was not the case when this republic was founded and not the view of our founding fathers. They included the Bible, God, and prayer in their deliberations and in their hammering out our system of government. History supports that assertion regardless of the current view of many.
When I listen to the secularists speak regarding the First Amendment, I get the impression that they believe that our founders established it to prevent all Americans from any exposure to religion. They come across as those who believe that those courageous founders wrote the Constitution, and Bill of Rights, and recognized rights, liberties, and freedoms from a pro-atheistic perspective. That is beyond ludicrous. They wanted freedom for those who believed and those who did not. However, most of them would be astounded at the number of nonbelievers in America today.
Sadly, the Republican Party that supported prayer in public schools during the Reagan years now is largely silent on the issue. Many Republicans and maybe most Republicans are extremely skittish to even broach the subject. They seem to believe that the victories and presumptions of the secularists over the past half-century are insurmountable and therefore they have accepted defeat. I weep over that possibility.
Many Republicans and too many Christians appear to have adopted the view that the Constitution of the United States is neutral about religion. That view, which is ahistorical and unconstitutional, is widely pervasive. Dare we forget that the Constitution itself rests on Judeo-Christian theism, declaring that God exists, and he grants rights to human beings that no government has the right to rescind?
The First Amendment was designed to prevent the government from swooping in and crushing Christianity. It might be worthy to note that for decades after the adoption of the First Amendment some states including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and South Carolina disallowed atheists from serving in public offices. To morph from that position to the view that the founders considered religion anathema to public government requires one to totally ignore history and the writings of the founders. Alas, that is where we are.
I was somewhat encouraged that all is not lost when the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 on a Free Speech issue. I was shocked but pleasantly surprised that even the liberal leftists on the court stood for the Constitution. The case was Shurtleff, et al. v. City of Boston, et al. It involved the question of whether the City of Boston violated the First Amendment when it refused to fly the flag of a Christian group, although it flew the flags from other outside groups.
Three flagpoles stand in the plaza outside Boston’s City Hall. The American flag and the flag for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts grace two of the three. The City’s flag flies from the third. However, over the years the City has allowed outside groups to hold ceremonies on the plaza and flay a flag of their choosing from the third pole in connection with those ceremonies.
Between 2015 and 2017, Boston approved the raising of 50 unique flags for 284 such ceremonies. Most of those flags were flags from other countries, but some were associated with other causes, such as the Pride Flag, a banner that honored emergency workers, and numerous others. The court ruled that Boston’s flag-raising program does not express government speech and that the flag-raising program did not express government speech, and Boston’s refusal to let petitioners fly their flag violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. The SCOTUS got it right and for that I am grateful.
We are living in an America where those who desire our demise or fundamental transformation into something other than the Republic, we have been for almost two and one-half centuries. We now have a Ministry of Truth, Disinformation, or Information frighteningly like that of Nazi Germany with Joseph Goebbels. That has run into difficulty and for that I am thankful. Their desire to control the narrative, and the right to think and speak what we believe is tantamount to an assault on the Constitution and the Free Constitutional Republic.
When we began to allow those who followed a humanistic and secularistic view to dictate what could and could not be allowed in the public, we began the demise of freedom. We opened the door to tyranny and handed those desirous of our transformation into something other than our design a blank cheque to pursue without hindrance their agenda.
I contend that we are living in a condition that is not only dangerous but destructive for everyone not an upper-echelon member of the Ruling Class. I am reminded of the words of John Adams which speak to our condition. He said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The father of our country and first president, George Washington echoed those sentiments. He said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens…. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”
Moral absolutes and absolute truth are rejected by the atheistic minority, most politicians, a large swath of academics, and virtually all progressives and liberals. Too many who attest to being Christians have descended into that abyss as well. What do we believe? We must define our beliefs in every aspect of life.
If we desire to keep America the Free Constitutional Republic where “All people are viewed as created equal and given inalienable rights by our creator including the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” we must define our beliefs. If we allow the vocal minority of nonbelievers to determine what is allowable, we invite tyranny and despotism. We invite censorship and the establishment of thought policing of society. We are creating a world without freedom in the name of protecting freedom, but freedom for what we desire not freedom for everyone.
The Bible speaks plainly about many subjects and much of the church today avoids those topics. The Bible identifies gender as male and female, not a myriad of manmade genders adopted to enable a fleshly desired lifestyle. The Bible speaks about marriage, family, morals, ethics, and truth. The Constitution and our system of laws have their foundation in the Bible and the Ten Commandments. We were not established to abandon our faith, but faith facilitated the establishment of our Republic.
You may agree or vehemently disagree with my position. I accept that as your right of choice. I pray that we can all find a way to address the issues facing America civilly and reasonably rather than hurl vitriolic insults. I believe in God, the Bible, and the Christian faith. I believe in America and the God-given freedoms granted to ALL. I believe in Faith, Family, and Freedom. I want America to return to our founding and moral moorings.
God bless you and God bless America!