Saturday, January 14, 2012
"Christian Nation" Part XIII
We are told today for instance that any public reference to a particular religion, or public prayer offered by political or government funded entities is clearly a breach of the establishment clause of the United States Constitution and it's meaning being defined as Separation of Church and State.
For example, in Lauderdale County Ala. the school district is receiving threats of a lawsuit by a member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Humanists of the Shoals and American Atheist.
Their complaint is that the school allowed prayer over the loud speaker at a recent football game. Their statement being made, "It is illegal for any public school to organize, sponsor or lead prayer at public athletic events. The Supreme Court . . . has continually made rulings which strike down this practice as illegal."
Statements like to ones above are being made all over our country in our courts by all our Constitutional experts and judges as they interpret the intent of our Founders. I would have no choice but to concede to their opinion, after all they are the experts, were it not for a more venerable group of Constitutional experts. I'm speaking of course of the ones who wrote it!
Following the ratification of the Constitution, George Washington, who presided over the Constitutional Convention as president, accepted the position as President of the United States. Commenting on the inaugural activities the Daily Avertiser reported, "the bells will ring at nine o'clock, when the people may go up to the house of God and in a solemn manner commit the new government, with its important train of consequences, to the holy protection and blessing of the Most high. . . . is designed wholly for prayer" ~ New York Daily Avertiser, April 30, 1789. Interesting this distinguished group of experts did not view prayer within government functions as a Constitutional issue. As a matter of fact, they committed them to prayer!
"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States." In a recent case it was asked, "Does the state have the right to acknowledge God?" The Judge ruled "No, it cannot". Yet this distinguished group which formed the document we know as the Constitution of the United States said we were, ". . . bound to acknowledge and adore . . ." this God.
Seven months later, Congress requested the President to declare a national day of Thanksgiving. On October 3, 1789, the President issued in this proclamation: "Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore (Pray for) His protection and favor. . . ." What our experts tell us now is unconstitutional, the ones who framed it called our duty!
President Washington continued by saying, "Now, therefore, I do recommend . . . that we my then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation . . ." What our experts tell us now is not permitted under the Constitution, the ones who framed it recommended!
President Washington would continue: "And also that we may unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions . . . to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue." What our experts tell us now is not permissible under our law and constitutions, the ones who framed them called us to unite under and promote throughout our society! One would think we have two Constitutions, ours and theirs! Of course we have but one, we just have to decide who has the correct understanding of it's meaning, the ones who framed it, or the experts!
The understanding of the distinguished group who framed it would be conducive with the definition of a "Christian Nation" as defined by the United States Supreme Court in 1892, the later would not.
May God bless each of you,