Basic American principles—“The Continental Congress of the [newly formed] United States on October 14, 1774, issued its Declaration of Rights stating that the colonists of the several states were entitled to the protections of the Common Law of England. People understood this as a reference to a legal tradition beginning five centuries earlier with the Magna Carta, whose moral authority was firmly grounded in Christianity.” In his essay the great English writer, G. K. Chesterton, continued, “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their ‘Creator’ with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ The starting point of the Declaration’s argument was faith in man’s ‘Creator,’ and is very similar to Apostle Paul’s historic proposition in his letter to the Romans: ‘Because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse, Romans 1:19-20.’” (Benjamin Hart, Faith & Freedom, The Lockman Foundation, 1973, pages 13-14).

Freedom of conscience and competition between the religions—Thomas Jefferson responded to the request from the Baptists in Danbury, Connecticut and others who wanted freedom for all religions, not just their own. The Jefferson ACT for establishing RELIGIOUS FREEDOM was passed by the Assembly of Virginia in 1780—Jefferson said, “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.”

The Ten Commandments cover both worldviews—At Magna Carta time when the court system was being developed, the people clearly rejected the emotion-driven humanistic standards of kings and other authoritarians. The people insisted upon the Ten Commandments. The published wordings of the Commandments vary some; however, the intent is clear, and the reason for the deceptive removal of reliable moral law from education by radicals is also very clear. The first four Commandments reflect “In God We Trust,” the official motto of the United States of America. Beginning with Commandment #5 – Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long . . . which the LORD thy God giveth thee; #6 -Thou shalt not kill; #7 – Thou shalt not commit adultery; #8 -Thou shalt not steal; #9 – Thou shalt not bear false witness; #10 – Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant . . . nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s. Any violation of the Ten Commandments is a hindrance to life, which has been defined as sin.

This is a follow-up on note posted, “It’s Happening. Again.

~ David Norris

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