TEN COMMANDMENTS AND AMERICA'S LAWS
March 17, 2005
"That book [Bible], sir, is the rock on which our republic rests." -- Andrew Jackson, Seventh President of these united States of America
There is yet another court case going on up in Fargo, North Dakota over displaying the Ten Commandments. The attack on America's heritage, our traditions and history is so transparent, Americans are beginning to see through this smoke screen about violating people's "civil rights" and separation of church and state. While I usually don't pay much attention to columnist George Will, he finally got it right in his latest column: it's long past time to abolish the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Anyone who has done the historical homework knows that America is a Christian nation founded upon Christianity and Christianity alone. Atheists and the American Communist Lawyers Union (ACLU) have done their darndest to convince Americans otherwise with their constant propaganda by using repetition of certain phrases, i.e., "separation of church and state," a concept hallucinated up by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1947. Americans are finally getting fed up with this propaganda and are standing firm for the truth.
"We find few historians who have been diligent enough in their search for truth; it is their common method to take on trust what they help distribute to the public; by which means a falsehood once received from a famed writer becomes traditional to posterity." -- John Dryden , English Poet, 1631-1700
I feel it important to inject here the documented truth about the 1947 Supreme Court ruling in Everson v Board of Education. The phrase "separation of church and state" does not appear in the Constitution, but originated in a January 1, 1802, letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury (Connecticut) Baptist Association regarding their fears that the Congregationalists would use the power of government to gain a favored position. The First Amendment was incorporated into the U.S. Constitution effective December 15, 1791. As you can see, Jefferson's personal letter was written eleven years after the First Amendment was made part of the Constitution.
The part of Jefferson's statement conveniently quoted by the high court was that "The First Amendment has erected a wall of separation between church and state...." However, the court chose to ignore the remainder of Jefferson's comment which continues: "but that wall is a one-directional wall. It keeps the government from running the church but makes sure that Christian principles will always stay in government." According to America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, "Jefferson borrowed phraseology from the famous Baptist minister Roger Williams who said, '...the hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world, God hath broke down the wall...."'
Jefferson went on to say in his letter: 'Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.'"
So, you see, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1947 was transparently deceitful and obviously had an agenda. With the repetition of falsehoods spread by the ACLU, AU and the media in general, most Americans, like parrots, dutifully chant blather about the "separation of church and state" when they have absolutely no historical understanding of the subject matter whatsoever.
Right around the time school prayer was outlawed and the so-called "sexual revolution" of drugs and the massive spread of venereal diseases, the attack against Christianity in this country began to escalate and America's moral compass started a nose dive into the sewer. After more than two hundred years as a moral nation who understood the founding of this Republic and our history, too many Americans all of a sudden decided it was detrimental to the people of America for the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public, especially if that public area happens to be a city, county, state or federal property.
We saw the beginnings of an America that was becoming offended at the sight of the Ten Commandments. Steadily we began to hear that the whole country was feeling "disenfranchised" and "left out of society" because they might have to look at them! Lord, what a terrible thing for America. People would do well to remember that television, the great programmer, was just coming into its own in the early 60s, as was a massive influx of emigrants from communist and socialist countries who began to demand that God be erased from the American landscape.
I think a comparison of the Ten Commandments and our laws is in order.
Commandment VI: Thou shalt not murder. Murder is against the law in every state of the Union. Until 1973, this included unborn babies. Then a bunch of men in black robes suddenly decided a woman had a right to "privacy" which enabled her to go into a hospital full of people (which means no privacy) and have those medical "professionals" kill her unborn baby in the most heinous fashion. Roe v Wade certainly gave a big boost to those men who didn't have to endure shot gun weddings anymore or child support for eighteen years. It was also a government sanctioned nod for women to sleep around and if they got pregnant they would not be held responsible, they could just kill their baby.
Commandment VIII: Thou shalt not steal. Stealing is against the law in every state of the Union. This means all forms of stealing: candy from a store, embezzlement and so forth.
Commandment IX: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. This means among other things, that you cannot go into a court of law and commit perjury. If you don't like your neighbor, you can't go to the police with a fabricated story and then testify in court to what you know is a lie. This is bearing false witness against your neighbour, but it also applies to many other situations. Additionally, most parents in this country teach their children that lying is a moral offense that isn't good for the liar or the victim of the lie.
Commandment V: Honour thy father and thy mother. No one can force a person to love your mother and father, but God has commanded that you should honor them. In this country if you abuse your parents by using physical force or taking from them that which doesn't belong to you, it is a crime.
Commandment VII: Thou shalt not commit adultery. When this Republic was birthed and for a long time afterwards, adultery was a crime. It was a legal basis for divorce. Eventually, it was no longer a crime, but I think most people will agree that faithfulness in a marriage is the bedrock of a relationship because it involves the issue of trust. Our society, I think the greatest majority anyway, still view adultery as a sin, it is wrong and inflicts terrible emotional pain on the recipient.
Commandment X: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. Why would God command we should not "covet" someone's property or wife or belongings? To understand, one must know the definition of covet:
To feel blameworthy desire for (that
which is another's).
Man (and woman) is a sinner. Too often when people become envious of another, what they have or begin to desire someone else's husband or wife, they act on those feelings, i.e. they steal, often committing violence during the act or even murder and they commit what we call moral crimes, i.e. adultery.
Commandment IV: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. God commanded that man rest after his week of toil to provide for his existence and to keep it holy with prayer and thanking the Lord for all his blessings.
The next three commandments from God speak for themselves. We don't question God and his laws for mankind.
I: Thou shalt have no other gods before Me
II: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth
III: Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain
"Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)
As one can see, both our laws and moral behavior is based on the Ten Commandments. It's understandable why politicians, crooks and unscrupulous individuals don't want a constant reminder of them, but to deny they are the Christian foundation for this country and our laws is simply the desire to destroy what made America great and to further the agenda of world communism. Communists are atheists and the goals of the Communist Party are well documented, i.e.,:
Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and television.
Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural and healthy."
Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."
Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
These goals can be found in the Congressional Record. One can see how a once moral nation has slowly been brainwashed into repudiating God with the result being moral and cultural meltdown.
When Patrick Henry was writing on the Stamp Act back in 1765, he proudly and loudly proclaimed:
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, people of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here."
Patrick Henry's words here are very important: Even though America was founded by Christians, it is because of the belief system of Christians that people of different religions were welcomed into the colonies and the newly birthed Republic.
The ACLU and AU
There can be no doubt that the assault on Christianity has reached monumental proportions and it has been led by the American Communist Lawyers Union (ACLU), an organization birthed by communists. Their agenda is to eradicate Christianity in this country and they are doing it with your tax dollars. They are out to destroy the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and any display of the Ten Commandments anywhere in this country. They are aided and abetted by people like Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
I have watched Lynn many times on talk shows. His disdain and hatred for everything America was founded on and has stood for is in your face. Lynn has his spiel down pat, it's well crafted and historically inaccurate. I doubt whether this ordained minister who is a former lawyer for the ACLU would have had many parishioners during the time of the founding of America. It is inconceivable to me how any person who claims to be a Christian could be a member of the ACLU or one of their lawyers because the ACLU is a communist front organization that has learned how to sell their poison in a politically correct environment.
Let me close with some factual references about America being founded on Christianity and America being a Christian nation from many historical documents and the wonderful book, America's God and Country by William J. Federer. These represent just a minuscule amount of material available on the historical accuracy that America was founded on Christianity:
United States Supreme Court, 1844, in the case of Vidal v. Girard's Executors, 43 U.S. 126, 132, Justice Joseph Story delivered the court's opinion. The case concerned one Stephen Girard, a deist from France, who had moved to Philly and later died. In his will he left his entire estate, valued at over $7 million, to establish an orphanage and school with the stipulation that no religious influence be allowed. The city rejected the proposal, as their lawyers declared:
"The plan of education proposed is anti-Christian and therefore repugnant to the law. The purest principles of morality are to be taught. Where are they found? Whoever searches for them must go to the source from which a Christian man derives his faith - the Bible. There is an obligation to teach what the Bible alone can teach..."
The U.S. Supreme Court came back with its unanimous ruling:
"Christianity is not be be maliciously and openly reviled and blasphemed against, to the annoyance of believers or the injury of the public...It is unnecessary for us, however, to consider the establishment of a school or college, for the propagation of..Deism, or any other form of infidelity. Such a case is not to be presumed to exist in a Christian country...It is also said, and truly, that the Christian religion is a part of the common law of Pennsylvania."
July 4, 1821, John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of these united States of America:
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. From the day of the Declaration, they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct."
"Here is a recognition by law, and by universal usage, not only of a Sabbath, but of the Christian Sabbath, in exclusion of the Jewish or Mohammedan Sabbath...the recognition of the Christian Sabbath (by the Constitution) is complete and perfect. We are a Christian people not because the law demands it, not to gain exclusive benefits or to avoid legal disabilities, but from choice and education; and in a land thus universally Christian, what is to be expected, what desired, but that we shall pay due regard to Christianity." January 19, 1853, as part of a Congressional investigation, records of the report of Mr. Badger of the Senate Judiciary Committee
"Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure ourselves what that life would be if these standards were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards towards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves." Theodore Roosevelt, Twenty sixth President of these united States of America
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and helped to write the Constitution of the State of South Carolina, just a few of the long list of his achievements said, "Blasphemy against the Almighty is denying his being or providence, or uttering contumelious reproaches on our Savior Christ. It is punished, at common law by fine and imprisonment, for Christianity is part of the laws of the land."
James Madison, Fourth President of these united States of America and the man who wrote the U.S. Constitution:
"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments."
I have no quotes on this from President Bill Clinton other than "I did not have sex with that woman." And, "It all depends on what the definition of is is."
In any event, I rest my case. American was not founded on any other religion except the Christian religion, at least I have never found a single historical document to support such a position. America was founded on Christianity, not some hyphenated combination of religions. Our laws are rooted in the Ten Commandments.
All Americans must respect each others different religious beliefs, because to continue down the road of bigotry and hatred towards another's religion is to lower America to the same vile, toxic practice as we see from radical Muslims. I'm sorry to say that too many Americans, especially those who profess to be Christians, are actually some of the most bigoted people I've ever seen. Every day and I mean every day, I received a number of e-mails calling the Catholic Church the "Whore of Babylon" and long text about how evil Catholics are, how evil the Church is and on and on and on.
I am a pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic (I believe the Tridentine mass is the true mass) and while there are huge problems with the Church, I resent getting these e-mails dripping with hate; I just trash them because they don't deserve my time or consideration. I wouldn't even dream of sending out e-mail laced with such bigotry towards people of the Jewish faith or those who believe in Buddha. Most certainly I disagree with their religion, but their faithful have the absolute right to believe in whatever they believe as I do and I will not be a participant in such attacks.
A nation divided will always be conquered which is why the attack on our Christian nation must stop and the only way that will happen is for the churches in this country to find their backbone and we get rid of these black robed judges who hallucinate decisions such as the 1947 Everson v Board of Education. The ACLU must be destroyed and the only way that will happen is for anyone who is a member to drop their membership and for Congress to overturn funding for their endless lawsuits. The Ten Commandments is nothing but a cash cow for this communist front organization; funding their lawsuits against Christianity is unconstitutional and always has been. Unfortunately, Congress won't do this which is why Operation Clean Sweep is so imperative.
No one should be forced to worship any religion if they don't choose to do so, but neither should any one of another faith or someone with no faith, demand that Americans give up our heritage, tradition and history just to suit them.
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