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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Founders Violated Constitution as They Wrote It

On of the many areas secularists are attacking freedom of religion and the historic foundation of our nation is that of public prayer.

Not only are anti-Christian judges using the First Amendment, designed to guarantee freedom of religious expression, to quash religious freedom for students who want to pray at school or at graduations, anti-Christian secularists are trying to--and often succeeding in--stop government assemblies from opening meetings with prayer.

The Alliance Defense Fund, however, is helping fight back against this perversion of the First Amendment.

From WorldNetDaily:

"As you know, there is simply no question that a legislative body may open its sessions with an invocation," ADF told the commissioners. "Public prayer has been an essential part of our heritage since the time of this nation's founding, and our Constitution has always protected this activity. Moreover, such prayer can include sectarian references without running afoul of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause."

The activist law firm said the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed such an interpretation, and indeed, that very court opens with the words, "God save the United States and this honorable court."

"Our country's Founding Fathers opened their meetings with prayer," Johnson said. "Those who oppose Christian invocations are essentially arguing that the Founders were violating the Constitution as they were writing it."

Indeed!

When congress began hammering out our Constitution, Benjamin Franklin, one of the least religious of the founders, recommended prayer to open the meetings.
In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible to danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered… And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance?...I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel...We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages…I therefore beg leave to move—that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business…”

Our own United States Congress, along with most state assemblies and city council meetings have long opened in prayer.

It is only in recent decades, as a radial anti-Christian minority has waged war on faith in the public square, that many average Americans have been cowed and fooled into believing their illegitimate myths.

A people who don't know where they came from, or are deceived in being ashamed of their heritage, are a people easily manipulated.


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