Americans understand the two opposing presuppositions for life, which reflect different views of reality. As one nation under God’s guidance, spoken of in the American Declaration of 1776, the people were blessed with liberty, justice and prosperity never before achieved in world history.
The other, an atheistic exclusivist view, rejects the only hope that supports families and community exceptionalism. Glorified in secular manifestoes, tyranny reigns as authoritarians impose secular propaganda and overpower government by and for the people.
Our Constitutional Fathers wisely left theological interpretations of the Bible to the public and churches. While avoiding the conflicts of denominational doctrine, they were unanimous in basing foundational American charters and public education on moral law—the ageless principles for human dignity, the family, and representative government. The enemies of citizen self-rule sought to marginalize the understanding of new generations by eliminating the knowledge of a Higher Authority from education, celebrations of Christmas, and the media in general. Their main weapons are physical force and propaganda, which Jefferson called tyranny of the mind.
The education for American exceptionalism was briefed by Abraham Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865. Carved in granite on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial, he emphasized God fourteen times and quoted the Bible twice. Lincoln concluded by saying, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in…” Lincoln’s message speaks to the education gap of our day.
“For the first [now over 340 years] of this country’s history, religion and education were intimate and interdependent. Religious competition does stir controversy, but religious freedom enriches rather than impoverishes public policy and the education process” (Edward Scott Gusted, A Religious History of America, Professor of History at University of California, Riverside).
America is at one of those historic points, which requires us to turn back to what it was that provided our success in the first place.
~ David Norris