|Independence from God
Organized religion is under attack. By the courts, the media, Hollywood, and anti-religious zealots – four groups that are not mutually exclusive…
|Yes, the above headline is intentionally ambiguous. Does it declare that independence derives from God? Or is it advocating the removal of God from our lives?
There’s little doubt what Thomas Jefferson’s interpretation would be. 239 years ago he unveiled the powerful words that would reverberate around the world. Words about people having unalienable rights endowed by their Creator. Yes, independence is a gift given to us by the Deity!
Thank God, pardon the expression, there was no ACLU at the time and that the First Amendment was still a gleam in Madison’s eye. Otherwise, Jefferson, a government official, might have been sued for introducing religion into the public sphere.
Hyperbole? Of course, but consider what the Supreme Court ruled earlier this week. Not the United States Supreme Court, but the State Supreme Court in Oklahoma City, OK. The very state where, according to Rogers and Hammerstein, “the wind comes sweeping down the plain.”
What plainly came sweeping down from Oklahoma’s high court was a ruling that a monument engraved with the Ten Commandments must be removed from the state Capitol. We’re not talking about the Confederate flag here, but the Ten Commandments!
Which of the “Thou Shalts” is deemed so offensive that the monument must be banished?