It is no wonder that Christmas is so joyous to Americans. They humbly adopted Higher Authority values that strengthen families and supportive education. Immigrants had personally experienced the tyranny of mind control and dictatorial government. Standards for the law of Divine origin are the reason millions of immigrants from different backgrounds love America. That bond is reflected in the USA Today/Gallup Poll, May, 2010: “Ninety-two percent of Americans say they believe in God and only five percent oppose the National Day of Prayer.”
Americans connect the dots. “In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity” (John Quincy Adams, Oration on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Creator-based Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1837).
Government is frequently and aptly classed under two descriptions—a government of FORCE [authoritarian rule] and a government of LAWS [that derive their just powers from the consent of the governed whose focus is on the non-sectarian God of Creation]; the first is the definition of despotism, the last Liberty” (Alexander Hamilton, Tully Papers, 1794).
Efforts to shame people’s joy of Christmas are astounding. Ernest Renan warned his agnostic friends about their make-believe world: “Let us enjoy the liberty of the sons of God, but let us take care lest we become accomplices in the diminution of virtue which would menace society if Christianity were to grow weak. What should we do without it? If Rationalism wishes to govern the world without regard to the religious needs of the soul, the experience of the French Revolution is there to teach us the consequences of such a blunder” (Ernest Renan’s appeal to his agnostic friends, 1866).
Letter to the Editor Sent to the Ames Tribune by David A. Norris
~ D. Norris