Words from the founding fathers – 6.10.10
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 10:35 am
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist
At a May 6 Catholic Community Conference in Washington DC, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “… My favorite word is the word in the word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference. You know the gospel reference, the word. We have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the word … ”
I have thought long and hard on this one. I’ve come up with many “words” that I think would have been more descriptive of her and would be a favorite word that describes what she seems to stand for, but not Jesus. So I questioned her sincerty and her true belief. However, that is not for me to judge.
In the same light, those on the left, the progressives and moderates who so quickly denounce anyone on the right or conservative for mentioning God or their beliefs in God need to let their words be heard without judgement or envoking “seperation of church and state.” Which, by the way, is not in the Constitution.
Also don’t try to rewrite history by categorizing our founding fathers as anything but men and women who believed in God. Sure they made mistakes and had attributes that went against what God taught, but they were people prone to being wrong just like I feel Nancy Pelosi is wrong because she supports legalized abortion, opposes the partial-birth abortion ban and supports gay marriage. But listen to the words from some of our past leaders:
George Washington – “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”
Thomas Jefferson – “I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”
Benjamin Franklin – “Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.”
Patrick Henry – “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here.”
Andrew Jackson – “Sir, I am in the hands of a merciful God. I have full confidence in his goodness and mercy.”
Senate Judiciary Comm., Congress of the United States, on Jan. 19, 1853 – “We are a Christian people… not because the law demands it, nor to gain exclusive benefits or to avoid legal disabilities, but from choice and education; and in a land thus universally Christian what is to be expected, what desired, but that we shall pay due regard to Christianity?”
Andrew Johnson – “Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribe for our motto: ‘Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever,’ and exclaim: Christ first, our country next.”
Franklin Roosevelt – “We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic.”
Ronald Reagan – “The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and open-mindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives.”
So to Nancy Pelosi and others on the other side of ideology, I don’t question your sincerity in your belief and inserting it into your thoughts on governing, just allow the same in others and recognize the truth of it in our founding and throughout our history.
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