Who We Are
About eighty-four percent of the United States population professes to be persons-of-faith. Of these, about ninety-two percent are Christian, with 65% of this percentage being Protestant, 30% Catholic, and 5% other Christian denominations. Of the six-percent non-Christians, 36% are Jewish. Net, the United States is predominantly a Judeo-Christian nation. While these diverse people-of-faith span the political spectrum, they all believe in the biblical-based principles of Life, Liberty, and Creativity derived both from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament Christian Bible. Along with our use of reason and common sense, these Bibles are the foundation for our sense of right and wrong which is woven into the values, habits, and language of mainstream American culture.
Grounded in the History of the United States
Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, as evidenced in the following words from 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..." . While acknowledging that our rights are derived from God, our Founding Fathers did not place Biblical morality directly into our founding documents. This assured a separation of church and state, and with it, any potential of theocratic, totalitarian rule. Our Founding Fathers did not, though, separate God from the state. Instead they placed God explicitly into the national life of the United States as evidenced in inscriptions on our federal buildings and currency, our laws, and our mottos such as: "In God We Trust" and "One Nation under God." This conviction of our Founding Fathers is best exemplified by John Adams when he said:"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." KrisAnne Hall, a Constitutional lawyer, provides an excellent presentation on Religious Liberty and the First Amendment. Just click on the link.
The Current Threat to our Judeo-Christian Heritage
We are now witnessing an attempt from government to usurp Judeo-Christian-based morality and its associated values and principles in the public square and replace it with its own secular "religion" based on "science", "modernism", and "humanism". The most recent affront to Judeo-Christian-based morality is Obamacare, which forces religious organizations to provide contraceptive and abortion services for employees contrary to their beliefs. Unfortunately, this cleansing of religion in the public square has been aided and abetted by many of the churches, along with well-funded progressive lawyers, in an overzealous attempt to acknowledge and aid those on the fringes of society. The consequence of this development is that we now have individuals and minorities dictating the culture which affects the majority. This results in the destruction of Judeo-Christian foundational elements such as family, marriage, and the "values" our children are taught in schools. The purported progressive advancement of diversity and tolerance does not include those who share Judeo-Christian beliefs.
History has shown us that this progression to nihilism, where good and bad is personally defined by each individual, ultimately leads to anarchy and then to a totalitarian state. Once the religious institutions' power and influence have been removed from the public square, only government remains as the enforcer of the state's "secular religion", since individuals alone lack such power. This was the case under socialist NAZI Germany and under Communism in Mao's China and Lenin's Russia. Even less extreme examples, such as state-sponsored Socialism as practiced currently throughout Europe, show the negative effects on individual freedom, initiative, self-esteem, and standard-of-living - all contrary to "American Exceptionalism". Despite Socialism's claims that it benefits the economic "common good", this is not true, as evidenced by the fact that the average family on welfare in the United States has a higher standard-of-life than the average Swedish family. Sweden is frequently viewed as the epitome of Socialism.
The aforementioned historical progression is best captured by A.D. Lindsay in his classic 1943 study, The Modern Democratic State. Through the centuries, writes Lindsay, the Church as a distinct society, for all its frequent corruptions, provided a corrective challenge to the ambitions of the state. Specifically, "It was perhaps equally important that the existence and prestige of the Church prevented society from being totalitarian, prevented the Omni-competent state, and preserved liberty in the only way that liberty can be preserved, by maintaining in society an organization which could stand up against the state." In 2013, we have reached such a tipping point in the United States of America!
What Can We Do?
We must act NOW to counter the assault on our country's Judeo-Christian-based society and prevent the emergence of an "omnipotent", powerful government that is counter to what our Founding Fathers envisioned with the United States Constitution. Each of us can play a role by pursuing the following suggested actions: