Our duty as Americans is clear. Defending what is right is a cost of freedom that must be paid. It is the all-important principles advanced in the God-honoring Declaration that provides the moral predicate essential to restrain the use of oppressive government. Had leaders and educators failed to convey with boldness the God-honoring principles from the beginning, America would be just another of the hapless nations that has flitted in and then out of history.

Under the providence of God, we have pushed back the frontiers of tyranny and evil time and again. America has freed more human beings from the clutches of evil than any nation on earth, and we are relatively only a young country. Even though continental Europe, in its posture of pseudo-sophistication, might consider us the country cousin in the family of nations, when those same Europeans needed to be rescued—often from themselves—we were there to rescue them. We have done it many times and in many ways around the world. At enormous cost to ourselves, we have gone into and out of dozens of nations in order to make the world a better place—even those nations that were our deadliest enemies, like Germany and Japan after World War II. What MacArthur did in Japan, and what the Marshall Plan accomplished in Europe, are without historical equal, and they indicate what we believe is our high calling on the planet (Dr. Jack Wheeler, The Ugly Liberal American, page 4, quoted by The Schwarz Report, May 2008, Volume 48, number 5).

Ernest Renan, the agnostic, warned his friends that were promoting a socialist utopia: “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.”

Rabbi Daniel Lapin is quoted as saying, “Without a vibrant and vital Christianity, America is doomed, and without America, the west is doomed. Which is why I, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, devoted to Jewish survival, the Torah, and Israel am so terrified of American Christianity caving in.”

Appeasement will not work. There is no valid reason for the complaint of leftists that conservatives are one-sided and unreasonable in support of their basic principles. Secular militants do not compromise their atheistic dogma. The hope that they will change is foolish. To be at peace with their belief in atheistic exclusivity, they must have control over and displace those who project higher standards. The struggle between the forces of liberty and those who want an atheistic-secular world is a war of wills. If we win, they will still be free to fund and promote their own schools. If they win, we will be slaves to Godless authoritarian rule.

*Ernest Renan’s appeal to his agnostic friends, 1866.

** Rabbi Daniel Lapin, noted rabbinic scholar and radio and television host.

~ David Norris