The underpinning of moral absolutes for constitutional law is as important to the survival of liberty as the ten-digit number system is essential to mathematics. Teaching that 4 x 20 = 110 would cause mathematical and scientific failure. The people’s representatives in Congress do not, in the strict sense, make law. The Bill of Rights includes moral absolutes consistent with the historic “rule of law,” the Ten Commandments, the consciences of men, and Magna Carta.

The American jury system makes the meaning of the Constitution for citizen sovereignty over government very clear. It is not a judge, but a citizen jury that decides guilt or innocence in criminal trials brought by the government. No one, including the President of the United States, has the power to deny this authority that belongs to the people.

The secular war against the Americans’ Judeo-Christian tradition and the spirit of liberty extends to public school textbooks and education atmospherics. A Christmas tree that symbolizes a historic time of the year for our immigrant society must not be seen by students. “A decorated pine tree in the high school cafeteria has been taken down because of complaints from a high school employee and some parents.” In the words of the school principal, “We are in the business of educating students. I didn’t want this [decorated pine tree] to become a distraction… so we decided it would be best to take down the tree.” His frankness about the problem is commendable (The Tribune, December 4, 2010).

Ernest Renan, the agnostic, warned his friends who were promoting a secular 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” (Ernest Renan’s appeal to his agnostic friends, 1866).

~D. Norris