by Daniel Gardner
Patrick Henry is probably best known for his statement, "Give me liberty or give me death!" I love another Henry statement you won't find in any of today's textbooks: "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."
These words and confirmation are much too plain for any politically correct (PC) person to acknowledge. I'm not sure whether newspapers can even publish such a statement today. Is it legal for a newspaper to print radical Christian statements about our government? Isn't there a wall of separation between government and religion?
The PC crowd bristles when political commentary includes the name Jesus Christ or makes any claim about Christianity, especially in context of our Founding Fathers' intentions or beliefs. Can't go there!
Patrick Henry was right when he said because Christians founded our nation, "peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here." Go anywhere else in the world and this is not true. Look at northern Africa or the Middle East. Jihadists are killing Christians by the thousands in the name of Islam. Yet these same jihadists can find refuge and freedom of religion here in America because Christians founded our nation.
In the PC Obama administration, it's no longer ok to read a Bible or practice Christianity in the military. But, we have to acknowledge Muslims' rights to pray five times a day. Why is that?
Have you heard about the million man march Muslims are planning for September 11 this year in Washington? Because Muslims have been harassed more than any other religious group in America since 911 in 2001? I don't think so.
Christians and Muslims are not at war with each other. Indeed we live peaceably together in America because Christians founded our nation.
Christians founded our nation with guarantees of rights and liberties for all citizens. Americans have fought internal and external wars to protect and defend those rights and liberties for peoples of all faiths.
What does this have to do with national politics? We need to remember who we are as a nation. Are we a Christian nation? No, but we are a nation founded by Christians on Christian values and liberties. PC police and progressive politicians deny this of course, and have tried to remove all Christian values from our children's textbooks and schools.
As we begin another school year, we should be careful to teach our children the values our Founders cherished. The generation that rejects these values and rebels against the God Who gave us these rights and liberties is the generation that will lose these rights and liberties.
And, our leaders should be reminded that our first president, George Washington said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." America began well because Christians founded our nation, in the words of Patrick Henry, "not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."