Just under a week ago the U.S. celebrated another Independence Day on the 4th July.
Widespread celebrations were observed across the country. In the capital Washington itself, there was the annual parade of marching bands, military and special units, and floats along Constitution Avenue; various concerts in the National Mall; and then capping off the day were spectacular displays of fireworks!
Reflecting on the celebrations as they were beamed across the world via television networks, and the internet, one cannot help but think of how Americans are some of the proudest people on earth.
They are proud of their War of Independence; proud of their founding fathers; proud of their liberty and freedom of speech guaranteed in the Constitution.
But isn’t it remarkably, that the exercise of these same liberties and freedom of the individual have done irreparable damage to the moral underpinnings of this great nation?
Take for example, two rulings – a decade apart – by the Supreme Court of the U.S.
In the early 1960s there were “three cases a parent of a child in school petitioned the courts to stop the school from exposing their child to prayer in school and reading the Bible in school” (www.free2pray.info).
The Supreme Court judges agreed and ruled in favour of the plaintiffs in all three cases. By the mid-1960s “the high court banned Bible reading in state schools, then overturned a state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution. Rulings that prayers during school commencements and athletic events also violated the separation of church and state further fueled the secular-versus-faithful battle.”
Then there was the infamous Roe versus Wade case in 1973 when the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision affectively struck down a law in Texas banning abortion.
Since then, there has been mass murder of unborn children who are casually and inhumanly referred to as fetuses.
As stated before, Americans are proud of their founding fathers. Yet, the Supreme Court’s ruling after ruling disregards the foundational beliefs of these founding fathers.
As proof of this thesis, let’s now look at some of these men’s views about God, nationhood and freedom.
In an article titled “Christian Quotes of the Founding Fathers,” www.about.com includes in its lists:
* George Washington
1st U.S. President
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
* John Adams
2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial mundane System.”
* Thomas Jefferson
3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Git of God?”
* Benjamin Franklin
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Unites States Constitution
“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see…”
The article further informs us that of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, nearly half (24) held seminary or Bible degrees.
It is so unfortunate that a country founded on such deep religious convictions, should now turn its back on what its founding fathers believed, and adopt a New Age and atheistic philosophy that can only plunge it downhill!