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PART 1: One Nation under God
Chaper 1 With Patriot Blood
"Fire, fellow soldiers, for God’s sake, fire!" --Major John Buttrick of Concord, April 19, 1775
Not until patriot blood stained American soil did Major Buttrick bellow his urgent command,
“Fire, fellow soldiers, for God’s sake, fire”!
Then, “with seriousness and acknowledgment of God,” the governed asserted their collective supremacy over despotic government.
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shots heard round the world.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (from the Concord Hymn)
Petitions had ceased; and The War for American Independence had begun. Fourteen months later, by the pen of Thomas Jefferson, the Continental Congress vindicated the action of the American Minutemen at Concord:
When a long train of Offenses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. --Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence.
“From the nineteenth of April, 1775,” said Clark of Lexington, “will be dated the liberty of the American world”. And so it was when historian George Bancroft was writing our history as our history ought to be written…………
In Congress, July 4, 1776
The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which compel them to the Separation.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, …………
Countdown to the Declaration of Independence
From Concord and Lexington the patriots, in hot pursuit, harassed the British troops all the way back to Boston. “Darkness closed upon the country and upon the town, but it was no night for sleep.” ………
Chapter 3 The Absolute Owners and Movers
The people alone are the absolute owners and uncontrollable movers of such sovereignty as human beings can claim to exercise; subject to the eternal and unchangeable rules of justice, truth, and good Faith.
G. M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States, 1847
The United States Code Annotated lists the four documents fundamental to the establishment of the American Republic. In chronological order of their enactment they are:
● The Declaration of Independence, 1776
● The Articles of Confederation, 1781
● The Northwest Ordinance, 1787
● The United States Constitution, 1789.
While the Declaration lays the foundations of our federal government, the Constitution defines, organizes, and limits its powers. The Declaration is the nations charter and birth certificate. The Constitution is the modus operandi -- the form and rules for the operation of our federal government. Equally important, the Constitution defines the people’s rights and the limitations of the just powers of our federal government………
Chaper 4 A More Perfect Union
A constitution of government is addressed to the common sense of the people, and never was designed for trials of logical skill, or visionary speculation -- Joseph Story, Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, 1833
Every corporate entity -- religious, charitable, commercial, or civil --requires a charter -- a document authorizing its legal existence. The charter of the civil entity -- the United States of America -- is the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration did not establish a new government over the colonies. It merely severed their connection with their central government in Great Britain. As the nation’s charter, the Declaration gave the new nation-to-be legal status among the nations of the world. As the nation’s charter, the Declaration is sometimes referred to as the Birth Certificate of the United States.
The Declaration spells out the fundamental principles upon which the new nation would be built-- and to which its constitution of government would conform. The Declaration defines the foundation of the United States government. The Constitution defines its structure.
The founders bound the Constitution forever to the Declaration and its principles of government when they added the Bill of Rights to the Constitution. As their European forefathers had for centuries forced the rights of the people upon the monarchy, our American forefathers forced the Bill of Rights upon the federal government of the United States……
Chapter 5 Who Were The Founding Fathers?
There never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them, than were the members of the Federal Convention of 1787... James Madison, Chief Architect of the Constitution.
The Faith of our Fathers
Our purpose for examining the founders’ religion is to come to an honest conclusion concerning our nation’s foundations. The founders’ worldview, is the worldview upon which they laid the nation’s foundations, organized it powers, and ordered its operation. What determines a person’s worldview? His religious beliefs. Even if a person is an atheist, his religiously held atheistic beliefs affect the way he thinks and views the world. The same is true of Christians who believe and order their lives by the Bible.
Signers of the Declaration of Independence:
The Declaration of Independence was enacted by………
Chapter 6 In Their Own Words
"We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let his kingdom come."
Samuel Adams, “Father of the Revolution,” Signer of the Declaration of Independence
In this chapter, you and I will be obliged to put ourselves in the place of the “Humble Inquirer,” who -- if we employ our imaginations -- has been permitted to interview an assembly of America’s founding fathers. The responses of our nation’s founders, however, require no imagination or speculation on our part. They are, in fact, word for word quotations taken directly from the writings of such well-known statesmen as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and many others.
Let us now join the Humble Inquirer and his guests. ……
Chapter 7 A nation Thoroughly Torrupted?
"Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. " John Adams, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Second President of the United States
Humble Inquirer: …… Permit me to list just some of the problems faced by the people of the United States as we near the twenty-first century.
● Big money (both foreign and domestic) buys our national elections and our elected officials; and Congress will not act to reform campaign laws.
● The President of the United States -- an alleged draft dodger -- accused of unabashed adultery -- an alleged perjurer -- is making our nation the laughingstock of the world.
● Our Christian foundations are routinely assaulted by university professors, powerful legal organizations, appointed judges, and public administrators, under pretense of freedom of religion.
● Our society is fed a constant diet of incivility and immorality through the theater, magazines, music, and other media, under guise of freedom of speech.
● Half of our marriages end in divorce, leaving millions of children to be traumatized by poverty, neglect, and abuse.
● Fifty percent of our children are born out of wedlock………
Chapter 8 Meet The Commander-in-Chief
“The general is one of the most important characters in the world; upon him depend the liberties of America”
John Adams, Supporting the “Glorious Cause”
George Bancroft: ……. “Washington saw it all. He was in the enjoyment of fame; he wished not to forfeit the esteem of his fellow-men; and his eye glistened with a tear, as he said in confidence to Patrick Henry on occasion of his appointment: ‘This day will be the commencement of the decline of my reputation.’ But this consideration did not make him waver. On the sixteenth of June, he appeared in his place in congress, and after refusing all pay beyond his expenses, he spoke with unfeigned modesty: ‘As the congress desire it, I will enter upon the momentous duty, and exert every power I possess in their service, and for the support of the glorious cause. But I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room, that I declare, with utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with’.”……
Chapter 9 George Washington Speaks
"I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them." George Washington, Father of our Country.
A Sincere Believer
H. Inquirer: I was privileged to sit in your pew at Pohick Episcopal Church recently and hear a good sermon by a visiting minister from England, whose name I cannot recall. I am informed that you helped to build Pohick church, regularly attended divine services and recited the Apostle’s Creed, and served as vestryman for 20 years………
While strolling over the grounds of Mount Vernon, I observed this inscription above your final earthly resting place: “I am the Resurrection and the Life, sayeth the Lord. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die” John 11:25………
To quote just one: John Marshall, fellow revolutionary soldier and later Chief Justice of the United States has this to say: “Without making ostentatious professions of religion, he [Washington] was a sincere believer in the Christian faith, and a truly devout man.” 5 …………
With these comments, sir, I shall simply let you speak for yourself……
Chapter 10 Politics And The First President
"It is a fact too notorious to be concealed, that Congress is rent by party, that much business of a trifling nature and personal concernments withdraws their attention from matters of great national interest at this critical period. . .the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of Party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of wise People to discourage and restrain it." George Washington, Father of our Country.
H. Inquirer: I think moral leadership from the President is essential if we are to maintain that level of national morality necessary for self-government.…….. What shall be our end if we continue to elect leadership devoid of moral integrity, and the courts continue to sanction immoral behavior under the guise of protecting liberty?
George Washington: We shall be left nearly in a state of Nature, or we may find by our own unhappy experience, that there is a natural and necessary progression, from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of Tyranny; and that arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness.
H. Inquirer: (musing silently) Are our rulers abysmally ignorant of these things, or could they be deliberately demoralizing the people, so that they may rule with arbitrary power? …………
Chapter 11 Hope For A Happy Nation
"Almighty God, We make our earnest prayer. . . that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristic of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example
in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. " George Washington, Father of our Country.
George Washington: I wish the Constitution which is offered had been made more perfect, but I sincerely believe it is the best that could be obtained at the time.
Humble Inquirer: By and large, it has served us well, sir. It is only when tyrants ignore it or pervert its common-sense language that it is turned against us. ………
PART 2: NO OTHER GODS
Chapter 12 Masters of Deceit
"Had the people, during the Revolution, a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle." House Judiciary Committee, 1854
While the foreign tyrant overthrown in the War for American Independence has long since faded into history, the potential United Nations’ threat to our national sovereignty cannot be overlooked........
The tyrant that most threatens America today, however, is not a foreign nation. Our nation’s geographical advantages and economic strength make takeover by a foreign power most unlikely -- unless, however, America’s true strength is first destroyed from within………
The Cuckoo’s Nest
To better understand the American tyrant within, we look to the character and tactics of the cuckoo bird………
Chapter 13 The Subversion Reaffirmed
As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in the prayer-answering God, assumed to love and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith. Humanist Manifesto II
Let us now move ahead to 1973 and have a talk with the signers of Humanist Manifesto II. In this discussion, we will ask for a progress report on the Humanist religion and for clarification of its value system. We have tallied the list of signers of Humanist Manifesto II and find the following: ………
Chapter 14 Ministers of Another Sort
“These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit.”
The Humanist Magazine, January/February, 1983.
Invading America’s Classrooms
(from The Humanist magazine, January/February, 1983, p. 26.)
The Humanist: The battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public classrooms.
The Liberator: Mankind’s future has long been shaped by several institutions: the home, the Church, the classroom. But you seem to be the first to introduce the concept of the public classroom as a battleground. By whom will your war on education be waged?
The Humanist: By teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith; a religion of humanity………
Chapter 15 Countdown to Global Bondage
World government, O dreadful night, A descent into maelstrom.
All liberties collapsing, As that primordial galaxy, Into a fathomless black hole.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” -- The Bible, Proverbs 16:25 NIV.
Early in the twentieth century, Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci, advanced a nearly fail-safe scheme for effecting the Communist takeover of the world. He termed this treacherous scheme “a long march through the institutions.”
It seems very likely that American Humanists were familiar with Gramsci’s teaching when, in 1933, they announced the purpose and program of Humanism — “The intelligent, evaluation, transformation, control, and direction of such associations and institutions. . .”……
Chapter 16 From Plowshares to Swords
The time for reasoning with tyrants is past. Figuratively speaking, it is time to whet the sword, not to sheath it. The Liberators
In spite of glaring signs of societal and political decay all around us, many will not see the sickness in our land. Insulated in their secluded neighborhoods and religious comfort zones and drawing comfortable paychecks, they do not see the dangerous erosion of our foundational principles. They fail to acknowledge the creeping tyranny against our fundamental liberties. To paraphrase George Washington: The people fail to see, are often misled, and must feel before they will take action.
Let all who think Humanist Manifestos I and II are nothing more than religious pamphlets collecting dust on library shelves, think again. A manifesto is a public declaration of motives and intentions.
Religious Humanists have made crystal clear their purpose and program for America and the world………
PART 3: A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM
Chapter 17 A New Birth of Freedom
…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln
A new birth of freedom in America requires a concerted response on several fronts --religious, civic, economic, and political. ………
George Washington’s Funeral Oration --Delivered by Major Henry Lee December 26, 1799 By Resolution of the Congress of the United States
The Constitution of the United States of America