The False Claim Concerning a Right-wing Theocracy
posted at 9:26 am on May 10, 2009 by Keemo
“Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States,
is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect. ”
Throughout our history, most Americans were never in doubt about the origins of our national ethos – Sinai, Jerusalem, The Ten Commandments, The Sermon on the Mount, The Torah, The New Testament – collectively known as our Judeo-Christian heritage .
For the secular left, which now occupies the White House, America’s heritage is found not in the Bible, the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution (in its original sense), but in secular humanism, collectivism and multiculturalism – values based not on timeless standards but on prevailing cultural norms, as determined by a political/media/academic elite.
Obama doesn’t want us to consider ourselves a Christian nation because the Judeo-Christian ethic conflicts with his worldview. Whatever Joel Osteen and Rick Warren tell us (Pastor Ken Hutcherson calls them “evan-jellyfish”), Obama is not a Christian – unless you consider the hate-filled ravings of his former pastor, at the church he attended for 19 years, to be Christianity.
Christian America does not condone civil unions or same-sex marriage. (It does not regard as equal all sexual acts.) Obama’s America does. Judeo-Christian America believes in the defense of innocent human life – including the most defenseless, the unborn. Obama’s America does not – witness the reputation he’s acquiring as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history, and his votes against anti-infanticide bills as a member of the Illinois Senate. Christian America believes in limited government. It does not mistake government for God. Obama’s America believes there’s nothing the state can’t do, no power the state shouldn’t have and no limitations on its power to tax, spend and control.
Christian America understands the Biblical mandate to support Israel. Obama’s America views the Palestinians (anti-Semitic, anti-American, bloodthirsty, exalting jihad) as the moral equivalent of the Israelis (democratic, pro-American, governed by the rule of law). Obama’s fantasy of Israel and Palestine living “side by side in peace and security,” is either delusional or a euphemism for a temporary settlement which will lead to the demise of the Jewish state. Like Lincoln’s proverbial house divided, these two America’s can’t coexist forever. During his presidency, Obama means to bury Christian America, with an imam presiding at the memorial service.
Patrick Henry remarked: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religions, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” The Constitution is dated “in the year of our Lord, 1787,” in reference not to Allah, Krishna or Buddha, but to Jesus. Supreme Court Associate Justice Joseph Story, in his 1833 treatise on the Constitution, observed that the Founding Fathers believed “that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the state.” In the 1931 case of U.S. v Macintosh (decided before the federal judiciary began to deconstruct the First Amendment), the Supreme Court declared, “We are a Christian people.”
Every President of the United States, including B. Hussein Obama, took an oath to uphold the Constitution on a Bible. In every case save one, it was the King James Version. Speaking of Obama’s predecessors – clearly less enlightened and worldly than the Messiah-in-Chief and probably in thrall to the religious right – their opinion is unanimous:
George Washington: “It is impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible.” By the Bible, the Father of our Country was not referring to the Koran or the Bhagavad Gita.
John Adams: “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were…the general principle of Christianity.”
John Quincy Adams: “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.”
Andrew Jackson: “The Bible is the rock upon which our Republic rests” – again, in reference to the Christian Bible, not the Lotus Sutra.
Abraham Lincoln: “Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.” The “present difficulty,” which Lincoln believed Christianity would resolve favorably, was a civil war in which more than 600,000 Americans died.
Woodrow Wilson:” “America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify the devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelation of Holy Scripture.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, speaking of World War II: “Today, the whole world is divided, divided between human slavery and human freedom – between pagan brutality and the Christian ideal.”
Harry S. Truman, writing to Pope Pius XII: “This is a Christian nation. … It is not without significance that the valiant pioneers who left Europe to establish settlements here, at the very beginning of their colonial enterprise, declared their faith in the Christian religion and made ample provision for its practice and support.”
John F. Kennedy, in the midst of the Cold War: “And yet the same revolutionary belief for which our forbearers fought is still at issue around the globe, the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”
Thomas Jefferson said something strikingly similar: “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God.”
Still, the Great Community Organizer can blithely proclaim that America is no more a Christian nation than it is a Moslem nation. In a 2007 speech, Obama qualified this opinion –“Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation.” The president thereby allowed for the possibility that America once was a Christian nation, but is no longer.
My niece (very Liberal) once asked me why I call myself a Conservative. She boldly stated, “your not a member of any particular church, you don’t talk like a religious nut case, you work construction and you get in fist fights far too often.” I asked her what her definition of a Conservative minded person was, and how she came to those conclusions. I won’t bore you with the details of that conversation, I’ll break it down in short form. Teachers, prime time news, magazines, and movies… Somehow, if you believe in a way of life that includes principles such as those found in the Ten Commandments; principles that include giving freely of yourself so that others might gain, so that the community that you live in might be a better place for all, including our children. A simple belief that anonymous acts of kindness bring about a feeling inside our spirit that no amount of money can buy. Somehow my belief in a “power greater than myself, a power I choose to call God” makes me a threat to Society. Somehow these simple elements of faith make me a right wing nut case Liberals refer to as a Conservative.
If liberals are afraid of a Judeo-Christian “theocracy,” then why didn’t our Christian Founders establish a theocracy? The theocracy they should fear, is that of Islam. However, the “theocracy” fear, is just a front, a deception. What they really fear is liberty defined within the boundaries of morality as “endowed by the Creator,” and not by Big Government.