Freedom of Religion and Prayer
In support of the truth – www.cinopsbegoneblogspot.com – Friday, January 27, 2012
Preface: As we proceed in reversing this HHS mandate forced on Catholic and other Christian institutions by the Obama regime; let’s start with a historical perspective. The following are some thoughts from one of the books by one of the several Talk Shows hosts.
“The Founding Fathers guaranteed us “freedom of religion” not “freedom from religion.” America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Go back to the drafting of the Constitution. It was the summer of 1787, and the representatives who broke free from the tyranny of the British Empire were gathered in Philadelphia to hammer out this great document. After weeks of almost no progress, many were ready to walk away from the convention.
“Benjamin Franklin, who was eighty-one years old, stood and challenged the leaders as follows,:
“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 [which, I should point out, is a direct reference to the words of Jesus in Matthew 10] is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, sit, in the Sacred Writings that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this … I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning.”
“If you still have any doubt about America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, listen to our third president, Thomas Jefferson. He said, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their own firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? … Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” But the radical liberal socialists, who are intolerant of competing views, are counting on Americans to remain dumb sheep.
“Read what President Abraham Lincoln said in his Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer on April 30, 1863:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplies and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that has made us! It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
George H. Kubeck