GUEST COLUMN, Larry Phillips, Kismet
Millions of people who claim some degree of spiritual faith felt blessed earlier this week when the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) ruled 6-3 in siding with a former high school football coach who prayed at the 50-yard line after games.
The ruling that his public prayers were protected as free speech and free exercise of religion has dealt another blow against the left’s agenda of deleting anything religious or God from the public square, especially schools.
It’s the left’s tyranny of the anti-God communists swarming within the Democratic Party. Here’s what Rachel Laser, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said after the ruling: “The decision represents the greatest loss of religious freedom in our country in generations. This court focused only on the demands of far-right Christian extremists, robbing everyone else of their religious freedom. It ignored the religious freedom of students and families.”
Does twisted sister come to mind? Read it again slowly.
Anyone born after 1962 probably doesn’t realize how liberals have removed God from schools.
“The U.S. Supreme Court banned school-sponsored prayer in public schools in a 1962 decision, saying that it violated the First Amendment,” according to a 2020 report by www.npr.org. “But students are allowed to meet and pray on school grounds as long as they do so privately and don’t try to force others to do the same.”
Liberal progressives are intent on proclaiming to anybody that will listen that the United States was not founded on Christianity.
But reality is quite the opposite. Let’s go back in history.
Between 1706 and 1718, there were at least 550 known publications printed in the colonies, according to John Bach McMaster, who published his book, “Benjamin Franklin” in 1893. Of these 550 publications “… all but 84 were not on religious topics – and of those, 49 were almanacs,” McMaster wrote.
PS: Benjamin Franklin went to work as a printer’s assistant in 1718 at the age of 12 in his elder brother’s shop. Ben’s first purchased book?
“Among the 460 books of a religious tone, by far the best was ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ printed in Boston in 1681 and reprinted in 1706,” according to McMaster. Benjamin was born in 1706.
It’s written in thousands of historical notes and books and volumes that if a household owned a book, it was a Bible, and they were mostly Christian Bibles; the book children were taught. The teachings and knowledge of each Bible’s works gave value to what citizens considered an education.
Tomorrow, The United States of America will celebrate its 246th anniversary of the American Colonies declaring independence from the rule of Britain and King George III.
Declaring independence against the world’s mightiest nation at the time ended up in about 8 years of war and cost thousands of lives. However, the Founding Fathers, as well as the men and women who fought for freedom from tyranny won because they believed it was God’s will, and their fate rested in God’s hands. The revolutionaries were fiercely loyal to God and God’s natural laws.
Those familiar with the text of the Declaration of Independence know that God is referenced four times in the Declaration of Independence. So, let’s look at what some of our Founding Fathers and national leaders proclaimed about God and our Creator during those years – and even after victory.
“For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system, which, without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.” — Alexander Hamilton
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” — Patrick Henry March 23, 1775
“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” — Benjamin Franklin
“Religion is the solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.” — Robert Morris, Notes on the Form of a Constitution for France, page 3
“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. God’s hand was on me. God protected me and kept me through the battle.” — George Washington
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” — Thomas Jefferson
“The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.” — John Jay
“The highest, the transcendent glory of the American Revolution was this – it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the precepts of Christianity. — John Quincy Adams; letter, Washington D.C., April 27, 1837
There are hundreds more recorded in our history. Look them up – teach them to your children.
Do you see why the socialists/communists/Democrats removed this stuff from schools? They don’t want our youngsters learning the true history of our nation and its founding. It prevents them from totally taking over this country by dividing us.
When you go to bed tonight, crack open your Bible and read awhile.
And then, proudly hug your Bible tight.
Happy 4th of July, and God Bless America.