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I've been everywhere That was the title of a hit country-and-western song from the late 1950's, originally sung by Hank Snow, and made famous by Johnny Cash. I resemble that! My 26-year career in the Air Force took me to more than sixty nations on five continents - sometimes only for a few minutes, other times for as long as four years at a time. In all that travel, I also managed to find the perfect partner, help rear three children, earn more than 200 hours of college credit, write more than 3000 reports, papers, documents, pamphlets, and even a handful of novels, take about 10,000 photographs, and met a huge crowd of interesting people. I use this weblog and my personal website here to document my life, and discuss my views on subjects I find interesting.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Standing up for God and Country

Keeping the Secularists from stealing Christmas

Michelle Malkin has an article on her blog today about the City of Denver, Colorado, banning a church group from singing carols in the annual Christmas parade, now changed to the "Parade of Lights", to keep from getting anybody's knickers in a twist.

It's time to quit putting up with this destruction of Christian values in the United States. It's time for Christians to stop being namby-pamby about their religion, and getting down and dirty. It's time to start fighting to take Christ's Birthday back from the secularists, and to start sending a pointed message to the PC crowd their days are numbered. It's time to declare war against those who have declared war against God.

This country was founded on religious freedom - the right to worship as we choose, where we choose, and whom we choose. Congress is expressly prevented from making any laws regarding religion:

Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This doesn't keep the busybodies of the world from doing everything in their power to force religion from our daily lives. This attack on Christianity is new: it's not something our nation was born with, nor that it exercised until the current generation with such arrogance. George Washington, in his inaugural address as this nation's first president spoke of his commitment to God, and to the nation's need for divine direction:

Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station; it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, Who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to His charge.

Even Thomas Jefferson, who is supposed to be the source of the "separation of Church and State" so hotly hounded by the anti-religion establishment, acknowledged that God was supreme. He wrote on the front of his well-worn Bible:

"I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also."

From the first chapter of Tony Brown's book, "Empower the People":

Although Freemason philosopher Manly Hall sought power through the "seething energies of Lucifer,"' rather than from the force of God, he demonstrated excellent powers of observation when he identified the moral imperatives of an idealized Americanism at the heart of the American idea:

"This nation is dedicated to the fulfillment of the Divine Will. To the degree that men realize this and dedicate themselves and their works to this purpose, their land will flourish. To depart from the symbol of this high destiny is to be false to the great trust given as a priceless inheritance."

Later in the same chapter, this quote stands out, regarding the vision of our founding fathers:

The founders knew that even a democratic Republic could eventually become corrupted by money and power, exorcise God's authority, and lay claim to being the source of human rights. They therefore made it abundantly clear that our rights as human beings are granted by God and cannot be transferred constitutionally from one transient government to another or taken away altogether. It is the role of our freely elected government to protect and preserve human rights -- God's gift to every living soul.

God and Government are not by and of themselves mutually exclusive. In fact, our government only functions when God is the principle witness to its activities:

John Adams, our first vice president and second president, wrote in 1798, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

The "famous" Jeffersonian quote is assessed by Joshua Clayborne:

The now-famous phrase is first mentioned in a private letter President Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1802 in a reply to an inquiry from the Danbury Baptist Association. The "wall of separation" referred, not to the exclusion of religious people from government, but to the protection of religion from governmental interference.

Today, the entire Christian heritage of our nation is under attack by those that fear religion, that fear the presence of an Almighty God, and who will do everything in their power to destroy the religious heritage of the United States. We who believe cannot allow this to happen. It's time to stand up and fight. If it requires that we take up arms to secure our rights, let it be known that we do so with the full blessing of the "deist" the secularists use to strike against us with, Thomas Jefferson:

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.

"We have solved, by fair experiment, the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries." --Thomas Jefferson: Reply to Virginia Baptists, 1808. ME 16:320

"The constitutional freedom of religion [is] the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights." --Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Board of Visitors Minutes, 1819. ME 19:416

"Among the most inestimable of our blessings, also, is that... of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will; a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support." --Thomas Jefferson: Reply to John Thomas et al., 1807. ME 16:291

"In our early struggles for liberty, religious freedom could not fail to become a primary object." --Thomas Jefferson to Baltimore Baptists, 1808. ME 16:317

"Religion, as well as reason, confirms the soundness of those principles on which our government has been founded and its rights asserted." --Thomas Jefferson to P. H. Wendover, 1815. ME 14:283

"One of the amendments to the Constitution... expressly declares that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,' thereby guarding in the same sentence and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; insomuch that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others." --Thomas Jefferson: Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798. ME 17:382

"The rights [to religious freedom] are of the natural rights of mankind, and... if any act shall be... passed to repeal [an act granting those rights] or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right." --Thomas Jefferson: Statute for Religious Freedom, 1779. (*) ME 2:303, Papers 2:546

"The constitutions of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves;
that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property and freedom
of the press."

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This si Raptor,(can't remember password).Great blog on the assault on the Christian Faith.I'ld bet $to doughnut holes we wouldn't see this crap if Muslems wanted to be part of the parade.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! I was just perusing Colorado Blogs. My husband and I live in Colorado Springs too. :-)

I have really enjoyed your blog and passed the link to my husband.
Take Care, Donna

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the husband mentioned by my wife. You have a great blog here and I stand beside you 110%. As one soldier to another, may God bless you and yours.

9:33 PM  

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