As we enter into the Fourth of July holiday, I can't help but to reflect on the painting called "The First Prayer in Congress"। This painting shows the founding fathers of this great nation in prayer. Imagine that, the first Congress exercising the right to religious expression that groups like the ACLU have long claimed was not a right afforded to any government entity. One must wonder what men like Samuel Adams, John Adams, and George Washington (all of whom are present in this painting) would say to the ACLU.
As the Fourth of July draws near my prayers once again call out for freedom. Freedom from the policies of a congress and president that seem to draw more from works like Das Capital to create policy than our own Constitution. Freedom from economic oppression that is being placed upon America and her future generations. Freedom from religious oppression that is being gradually introduced to anyone who calls themselves a Christian. Freedom to achieve, and enjoy the results of that achievement rather than have the fruits of our labor taken and given to those who have not earned it.
In a recent speech President Obama said that America is not a Christian Nation, but a nation of citizens. This statement was no less than an out right lie. President Obama should read the great historical documents that bear out a contrary few of this statement. If he is the constitutional scholar that he claims to be, he has read them. The following is an example of those writings:
United States Congress
March 27,1854, a report from Mr. Meacham of the House Committee
"At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, not any one sect [denomination]. Any attempt to level and discard all religion would have been viewed with universal indignation. The object was not to substitute Judaism or Mohammedanism, of infidelity [Atheism], but to prevent rivalry among the [Christian] sects to the exclusion of others.
It [Christianity] must be considered as the foundation on which the whole structure rests. Laws will not have permanence or power without the sanction of religious sentiment, -- without a firm belief that there is a Power above us that will reward our virtues and punish our vices.
In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity: that, in its general principles, is the great conservative element on which we must rely for the purity and permanence of free institutions. That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants. There is a great and very prevalent error on this subject in the opinion that those who organized this Government did not legislate on religion."
When we allowed the taking of our religious liberties, the door was open for the taking of all of our liberties. These liberties are fundamental to our identity as Americans; an identity that we as a nation must reclaim. We can reclaim those liberties.
Our President can travel the world apologizing for everything under the sun, but we as a people have no need to hold our heads down to anyone. This is the greatest nation in human existence. We work harder, give more, and receive the least amount of credit than any nation on this earth. Our ideals make us great, and that greatness is not dead. Our President can not see this because he does not embrace the characteristics of true greatness, and history will not remember him as being associated with this term.
America, fall in love with the Constitution once again. Embrace the concept of America's role in divine destiny as our founding fathers did, even if as an individual you do not espouse a religious preference. We will once again shine as the city set on a hill that Ronald Reagan envisioned. Morning will come to America Again. God Bless America.