Monday, July 4, 2011
Society • MilesEye View of 4th of July-Feature Commentary
Our Founding Fathers had a vision of a country where the people would be the government, putting in political leaders to carry out the will of the people. The government was to be for the people, not to dictate to the people.
A boat load of pilgrims sailed the ocean under primitive conditions and unpredictable circumstances, risking all to leave the oppression of Europe to find a land where they could be free to worship God and to live in a land where they could choose their own future, not having their future determined for them.
Such a place would be worth risking all to reach. They put themselves, their families, and all life’s possiblitiles on the line.
When America gained its independance from England, the newly formed government astonished the world as it watched America grow in strength, wealth and power in such a short time.
George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
In 1892, the Supreme Court of the United States declared, “These and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”
Indeed, during the Revolutionary War, Congress imported 20,000 copies of the Bible because “the use of the Bible is so universal, and its importance so great…”
Gavel! This case is settled.
HOWEVER, the Communist Party lost no time in trying to take away the success of a free country and turn it into one of their satellite states living under slavery.
In 1900, the first Socialist Organizational meeting took place in Indianapolis. In 1912, the first Socialist Party candidate for President, Eugene V. Debs was pushed for the highest office.
The ACLU, a Communist organization, began attempts to drive America away from belief in God and to cause overall chaos to turn people against one another which would weaken the country—their full intention and strategy.
The Scopes Trial, called, The Monkey Trial, took place in Dayton, Tennessee in July of 1925, led by the newly formed ACLU to mandate the teaching of evolution in schools, colleges and universities, which would serve to dissolve belief in God.
They set up the case by meeting a biology teacher, John T.Scopes, in a local drugstore, and recruited him as a defendant to counteract a law that had been passed in March of that year to prohibit teachers in public schools from teaching theories contradicting Biblical interpretation of the beginning of life.
The ACLU instigated the case that never would have been, in order to deceive the public to further their agenda.
A huge price was paid by everyone of those early patriots who founded America. They would be shocked to see what has happened here since,as the Socialists have hammered at the foundation to be able to take it over bit by bit uuntil they take it over completely,
Today, the attacks against our government have been so vicious that Christian law firms have been formed to battle these unending assaults. During the first half of this year, Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) headed by Brad Dacus, pushed back the ACLU with the following results:
**Defeated an atheist lawsuit that sought to strike our national motto, “In God We Trust” from all of our nation’s currency and public places. We fought this case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
**Went to court and secured the right of a high school student to read his Bible and share his faith at school.
**Defeated another atheistic lawsuit against two of America’s most prominent pastors - bestselling author Dr. Rick Warren and civil rights hero Dr. Joseph Lowery, Jr. - because they offered prayers at the last presidential inauguration.
**Won a 5-year court battle against a city that had prevented a church from holding worship services in its own building. This case set major precedent for the entire West Coast and will even help churches in other parts of the country.
.**Won the right of a bi-vocational pastor and others to attend church on Sundays without losing their jobs.
**Won two important free speech victories on behalf of TEA Party groups that were being punished for passing out the U.S. Constitution at a public library.
That is only a few of the cases this year. Other Christian law firms who are funded by Christians and can represent defendants free of charge, include Thomas More Law Center, Alliance Defense Fund headed by Alan Sears, and American Center of Law and Justice (ACLJ) headed by Jay Sekulow.
The Founders gave their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” for our freedom. It was John Adams that said, “Liberty once lost is lost forever. And we intend to pass on our religious liberties and freedom - intact to the next generation.”
Our Executive Research Associate, Helen Trautman of Pittsburgh, alerted us to some interesting history with this note: *Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men** who signed the Declaration of Independence ?”
*Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,and tortured before they died.
*Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
*Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
*They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: freedom is never free!
The Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics and baseball games.
Let us take this time to honour our founders, their intentions for our government, and most important of all, re-align ourselves with our God and our Christian beliefs, and, act like it. Our very future depends on it.
Happy 4th of July!
Rev. Austin Miles is doing research for a book, “The History of Communism in Amerika”. He has been behind The Iron Curtain, knows full well what life is like there, and is determined that it will not happen here.