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I Am America! NOT!

What is “America?”

A person? A race? A party? An idea?

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For decades, leftists have redefined “American” into something else.

Reactions to Trump’s inaugural address reflect the disparate views of America: globalist vs. nationalist; American Exceptionalism vs. Ugly American.

Remember Obama’s apology presidency? He continually found fault with America and courted anti-American nations and tyrants.

The Alt-Right’s WASP America

But first, let’s address the Alt-Right and its identification as WASP.

The Alt-Right views real America as a race. Ann Coulter exemplifies that view. Coulter has asserted, “Most of us have a lot of British ancestry. … of course our two countries are very similar in culture, I mean, down to the genes.” (For years, Coulter has entertained the notion of WASP superiority – at a genetic level.)

While the Left embraces illegals and foreigners as “Americans,” Coulter and the Alt-Right contend that only WASPs descended from colonists are “true” Americans.

Indeed, Coulter sees Americanness as not only a race, but envisions it as a personherself. Coulter boasts “I’m a settler” and a “Native American.” Coulter cherishes her Pilgrim roots, making her a self-identified authority on all things American as well as moral, culturally, and genetically superior to the rest of us mere mortals.

Leftists tend to reject nationalism (and, thus, Americanism) in favor of a globalist, citizens of the world, paradigm. They look askance at patriotism, dismiss concerns for border control and enforcement of immigration laws, and reject the idea of American exceptionalism and the privilege of American citizenship.

In contrast, the Alt-Right holds a very constrictive, nativist view of citizenship.

The Left’s America

For the Left, America is a party as much as it is anything else. The “Women’s March on Washington” was a potpourri of far-left causes and ideologies – all to affirm that they are the real America.

The appropriately named actress America Ferrera inaugurated that anti-Trump event by claiming, “The president is not America. His Cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America, and we are here to stay.”

“We are America” – the “We” being those Leftists who were sufficiently Left to be included in the protest.

As noted by National Review, “While no one claims that the president, his Cabinet, and Congress are in fact, ‘America,’ the president and the Congress (which includes many progressives presumably more congenial to Ferrera’s world view) are duly elected officials, chosen in accordance with our constitutional system. In that sense, they do represent ‘America’ – in the only way that counts in our democratic republic.”

But the Left’s America is, as Dennis Prager notes, “essentially a racist, xenophobic, colonialist, imperialist, war-mongering, money-worshipping, moronically religious nation.”

Cultural Zeitgeist

Benjamin Weingarten, at Conservative Review, asked a series of questions which “speak to a fundamental cultural divide” in American. “How one answers reflects a certain cultural zeitgeist.” Weingarten suggests Trump’s platform “cut across party lines” to answer “some basic questions:”

“Do Americans believe in strength or weakness?”

“Do Americans believe in law and order or license and disorder?”

“Do Americans believe in brash politically incorrect candor or genteel political-speak?”

“Do Americans believe that their well-being is primary, or of secondary importance to the well-being of those of other nations?”

“Do Americans believe that America is the exceptional, indispensable nation, or conversely that it is the unique source of all that is ill in the world?”

Weingarten observed that “conservative policies serve populist ends because conservative policies are about protecting the littlest of “’little guys,’ the individual: His life, his liberty and his pursuit of happiness. Conservatism is about treating everyone equally under the law, ensuring an even playing field for all rather than conferring on individuals, groups or enterprises special benefits and privileges. Conservatism is about what is doing best for all Americans by holding as preeminent individual liberty and private property rights, thereby fostering a vibrant and dynamic culture and economy, and protecting our fundamental rights by way of an impartial justice system and a dominant defense.”

Real Americans

However, the Left would almost uniformly answer Weingarten’s questions choosing the second option – whichever choice accrued to America’s detriment or diminishing of stature and power.

Dismissing American exceptionalism and discrediting America’s Founding Fathers, progressives now champion a new countercultural figure: A female Muslim as representative of America.

An anti-Trump “We the People” campaign produced posters depicting “protagonist” groups “identified as vulnerable in the present political climate – Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans, and LGBTQ people among them – using the tropes of patriotic American campaign posters.” A spokesperson claimed, “Our America is one of equal humanity that does not demean or discriminate.”

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Moreover, “These ideas are not partisan. They are the foundation of America, and on inauguration day, with your help, we will make sure everyone remembers them.”

Their campaign expressly excludes the mainstream, Christians, and Western Europeans. The countercultural 1960s are alive and well in the 2010s.

Contrary to their assertions, these propagandistic posters are purely partisan and further an expansive redefinition of what it means to be an American. As for the equality of all mankind, well …

Sharia Law

Linda Sarsour, one of the Women’s March organizers, wants sharia law in America. Sharia law is contrary to the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. It is contrary to the Declaration’s proclamation of the inalienable rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It is contrary to America’s roots and ideals and everything which makes America America.

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Sarsour, a self-proclaimed, “racial justice and civil rights activist,” attacked freedom fighter Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who “was forced to suffer female genital mutilation when she was five years old in Somalia,” tweeting “Brigitte Gabriel=Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s asking 4 an a$$ whippin’. I wish I could take their vaginas away – they don’t deserve to be women.”

Nice. American.

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Sarsour also tweeted, “Nothing is creepier than Zionism.”

American?

Contrary to Barack Obama’s assertion that Islam was part of the fabric of America at her founding, it wasn’t. Sharia is hostile to the freedoms proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the Constitution.

What leftists offer is the antithesis of the American ethos.

America – an Idea

Both the Alt-Right and the Far Left dismiss the notion that America is an idea when, in fact, America was birthed by an idea enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.

The idea – freedom – is at the heart of the American Dream. That idea encompasses the biblical understanding that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Our forefathers – whether genetically or ideologically – took a virgin continent to create a New World. Not like Hitler’s Fatherland or Stalin’s Mother Russia. Theirs was not a blood and soil philosophy, but one which built upon the collected wisdom of Western Civilization, the principles and precepts of the Bible, and the surety of God’s Providence.

The Framers of our Constitution and Founders of our Republic created a nation and a government which maximized political, economic, and religious liberty to an extent never before seen.

America’s Founders believed in the idea of liberty and equality – not race! Abraham Lincoln eloquently spoke of the “proposition that all men are created equal.” A proposition is an idea or an ideal, not a race!

[A new book, #NeverTrump: Coulter’s Alt-Right Utopia, sheds some light on the #OnlyTrump movement and its Alt-Right constituency. It is now available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2fzA9Mr.]

The Conservative Declaration

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As of this writing, 112,817 have signed “The Conservative Declaration.”

Conservative Declaration

Heritage Foundation urges American citizens to:

Stand with your fellow patriots for freedom, religious liberty, and free enterprise. Stand up for your belief that these unalienable rights serve as the cornerstone of our great nation.

PREAMBLE

More than two centuries ago, one declaration changed the world

  • A group of brave individuals declared that all people are fundamentally equal—equally born with rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  • They declared that government exists for one reason — to secure these God-given rights, deriving its powers from the consent of the people it governs.

The result? The founding of the United States of America.

But now America is under siege by radicals whose mission is to slowly and deliberately dismantle the principles of that original declaration. With over-reaching regulation, out-of-control spending, high deficits, and a weakened national defense, the government is the master. The consent of the people is ignored. America is looking less and less like the America of our Founding Fathers.

This must be stopped.

Conservatives must come together to stand for the principles on which our nation was founded and proclaim in unison our commitment to the ideals that our Founders proclaimed more than two centuries ago. The time has come for a new declaration to change the world.

THE CONSERVATIVE DECLARATION

We believe in the spirit of our Founding Fathers and come together from across the nation to sign the following Declaration,, reaffirming our belief in the principles on which our nation was founded. We sign as individual citizens, united in our belief that our nation was established as a constitutional republic in which the power of government is limited under the rule of law, securing liberty and justice for all.

1. CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS

We believe this nation is uniquely dedicated to the universal principles of human liberty: that all are fundamentally equal and equally endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Americans are necessarily equal and self-governing citizens, and the U.S. government is established to secure those fundamental rights. With a limited government, we have the liberty and opportunity to live our lives, control our fates, and pursue our own happiness.

2. PRIVATE PROPERTY

We believe in the right to the rewards of our own labor—the promise that we Americans can keep what we earn and that this makes possible a society in which every member can work hard, pursue opportunity, and advance in life based on individual talent and ability. In this America, success comes from hard work and personal merit rather than from entitlement or aristocracy.

3. FREE ENTERPRISE

We believe that the primary duties of the federal government in regard to the economy are to guarantee the equal rights of the individual, destroy barriers to opportunity, and uphold the rule of law. Because economic opportunity will be available to everyone, the people will have great incentive to earn more, save more, and invest in more opportunities for the future. This means more enterprise and more economic activity.

Rather than acting to guarantee economic outcomes, government should provide the sturdy framework for opportunity, economic growth, and human flourishing. It should remove unfair obstacles to economic markets, break down the artificial government structures that prevent competition, and otherwise keep tax rates low, reduce government spending, and prevent the over-regulation of private enterprise.

4. COMMON DEFENSE

We believe it is the constitutional duty of the federal government to secure the country’s international borders, preserve and protect its territorial integrity, and strengthen and preserve its constitutional government. This promotes the long-term prosperity and well-being of the American people. This means that the United States must be able, willing, and prepared at all times to defend itself, its people, and its institutions from conventional and unconventional threats to its vital interests, both at home and abroad.

But liberty does not belong only to this country. The United States must also continue to recognize its special responsibility to support the cause of liberty in the world.

5. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

We understand and support the unique and important role of religious freedom as the cornerstone of our constitutional freedoms. The ability to freely worship and to act in accordance with a particular faith without fear of government reprisal is essential to civil society. Religious freedom protects our ability to live according to our deepest beliefs. It means we don’t have to hide who we are and what we stand for. It’s a freedom recognized as essential by the Founding Fathers and defended by policymakers, citizens, and religious leaders alike.

However, over-reaching government and a growing disregard for the role of faith in public life have led to increasing erosions of religious liberty. Together we stand in defiance of any edict that compels our institutions to participate in any act that impedes our ability to freely worship or to act in accordance with a particular faith without fear of government reprisal.

6. LIMITED GOVERNMENT

We emphatically reject today’s welfare and regulatory state. “We the people” demand less of our federal government rather than more. We commit ourselves as a nation to the principles and policies of a limited federal government and to the recovery of our Founders’ vision of a government that secures our rights. We insist that for government to play its proper role, it must be properly limited in its role.

Government must perform its proper responsibilities effectively through the three distinct branches of federal government, through all 50 states and through thousands of counties and local municipalities. We demand that the government recognize the clear constitutional limits to its powers.

[Signatories agree with the preceding.]

As individuals, we sign our names in full support of the above principles.

Together, we represent a unified front to support America’s foundational ideals. We reject the progressive efforts to dismantle our nation’s foundations and will work tirelessly for the restoration of our constitutional republic.

CPAC: Alleged Christian Terrorists

American Atheists claims to be terrified that Republicans will create a Christian theocracy[1] and it denies America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.[2] It also seriously believes that Christian terrorists pose a serious threat to them.

David Silverman, President of American Atheists, spoke at CPAC 2015 and, in an interview with me, made several astonishing claims. He denied that America was ever a Christian nation, feared that it would become one under Republicans, and asserted that Christians are terrorists.

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Redefining Terrorism

For decades now, the Left has redefined terrorism as something either conservative or Christian in nature.[3] Despite the indisputable nature of the Islamist threat to America and civilization itself,[4] the Left’s preferred bogeyman is conservative Christians.[5] Even in the face of beheading by Muslims in the name of Allah,[6] the Left focuses on alleged Christian terrorism.[7]

Those who charge conservatives and Christians with terrorism typically hold America in contempt[8] and view America as the problem.[9] Just as they are re-writing history as it is taking place, they have rewritten American history[10] to expunge the good and replace it with something else.[11]

Silverman fits the mold and exemplifies the pattern.

Equates Christianity with Islam

According to Silverman, “Christianity and Islam are both religions, they’re both mythologies, they’re both wrong. Neither is better than the other.”

He accused Christians of hypocrisy, saying, “It’s really hypocritical when somebody who’s really very pushy about Christianity criticizes those who are pushy about Islam.”

Qualifying his outrage, Silverman explained, “Christianity is a threat to atheists but to a much lesser extent than Islam is because Islam is younger and Islam is less civilized and Islam has sects of it that are much less civilized than others. There are sects of Islam that are perfectly reasonable and acceptable and peaceful and wonderful – good people. But there are also sects of Islam that are awful. There are also sects of Christianity that are awful.”

But, of course, Silverman was unable to provide an actual example of a Christian sect which is “awful.”

Silverman continued parsing his words: “When we talk about one being a threat over another, it’s actually a misnomer. We’re not talking about Christianity or Islam. We’re talking about sects of Christianity and sects of Islam.”

Silverman continued, “And, yes, there are some sects of Christianity that are quite dangerous to atheists, quite dangerous to the atheists’ civil rights, and quite dangerous to atheists’ health.” But, again, he failed to explain how, exactly, Christians are dangerous to atheists. Though he did raise the specter of Christian terrorists!

Beware Christian Terrorists

Silverman defamed Christians, claiming, “No, Christianity does have to worry about it. A good example is Anders Breivik, who is the guy who shot up all those kids in Norway two years ago. He wrote a Christian manifesto, said he was doing it in the name of Jesus. And the response that we got from some of the Christian Right was, ‘Well, he’s not a Christian.’ Well, he was. He was a Christian just as much as you are, just as much as Bill O’Reilly is.”

Except, that’s a lie. Breivik did not commit terror in the name of Jesus. He committed terror in the name of cultural restoration.

Anders Behring Breivik was not a Christian and he was not part of a Christian sect. The Wikipedia entry on Breivik illuminates the truth:

“The manifesto states its author is ‘100 percent Christian’, but he is not ‘excessively religious’ and considers himself a ‘cultural Christian’ and a ‘modern-day crusader.’ His manifesto states ‘I’m not going to pretend I’m a very religious person, as that would be a lie,’ calls religion a crutch and a source for drawing mental strength, and says ‘I’ve always been very pragmatic and influenced by my secular surroundings and environment.’ Regarding the term cultural Christian, which he says means preserving European culture, he notes, ‘It is enough that you are a Christian-agnostic or a Christian-atheist (an atheist who wants to preserve at least the basics of the European Christian cultural legacy…)’ Furthermore, Breivik stated that ‘myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God.’ Nevertheless, he stated that he planned to pray to God seeking for his help during his attacks.”

In contradistinction to what Silverman thinks, a “Christian” would, by definition, be “a very religious person” and would not consider religion a “crutch.” A “Christian” would not be very “influenced” by a “secular surroundings and environment” and would never use the terms “Christian-agnostic” or “Christian-atheist.”

Breivik’s concerns were cultural, not spiritual. Christianity, to him, was a matter of culture, not faith. He, by his own admission, had no “personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God.”

Christians, by definition, believe that Jesus – the Son of God[12] – died for the salvation of believers. With His resurrection, celebrated at Easter, Jesus rose victorious over death that we might live for His glory.[13] Jesus’ gospel is one of peace,[14] not violence.[15]

Ever the victim, Silverman asserted, “Was Anders Breivik a danger to me? Yes, of course he was. Very much. Just like the Islamists who are chopping off the heads of blasphemers and Christians in other countries.”

Yes, again, Silverman claimed a moral equivalence between Christians and Islamists.[16]

False Charges by Leftists

But this is nothing new. The Daily Beast recently claimed, “Yes, There Are Christian Terrorists.”

Amidst a series of defamatory charges, Dean Obeidallah asserted, “The anti-Muslim militias in the Central African Republic may not get the same attention as ISIS, but let’s not forget that people are still doing awful things in the name of Christianity.”

Most prominent in his assertions, Obeidallah claimed that Christian militias are ethnically cleansing Muslims from the Central African Republic. Just one tiny problem: They are not Christians!

His source material actually admits, “members are drawn almost exclusively from the Christian and animist population. They swear an oath of secrecy and carry ‘gris-gris’ amulets they believe make them immune from bullets and protect them from harm.”

They are not Christians. Calling them “Christian militants” does not make it true.

Obeidallah also brings up the “Lord’s Resistance Army,” which he himself identifies as “a pseudo-Christian cult whose announced goal is to impose the Ten Commandants as the law of Uganda.”

Did you catch that? It is “a pseudo-Christian cult.” It’s not Christian! It’s phony!

But what about the Ten Commandments? Jews and other non-Christians se value in the Decalogue. But what of the LRA? LRA commander Vincent Otti explains, “Lord’s Resistance Army is just the name of the movement, because we are fighting in the name of God.” Notice, he didn’t say which God.

“God is the one helping us in the bush. That’s why we created this name, Lord’s Resistance Army. And people always ask us, are we fighting for the Ten Commandments of God. That is true – because the Ten Commandments of God is the constitution that God has given to the people of the world. All people. If you go to the constitution, nobody will accept people who steal, nobody could accept to go and take somebody’s wife, nobody could accept to kill the innocent, or whatever. The Ten Commandments carries all this.”

In other words, his is a political platform divorced from Christianity and without Christ.

Marie Harf, propagandist for the State Department, also cited LRA as her prime example of Christian terrorism. But National Review pointed out, “Kony [is] a practitioner of Ancholi mystical traditions with 88 wives, a flair for Biblical apocalypticism, and, if we take him at his word, 13 spirits (one of them Chinese) dwelling within him.”

Obeidallah – as so many on the Left are wont to do – also called Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph a “Christian terrorist.”

No, he wasn’t. Rudolph admitted, “I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible.”

Obeidallah also cited the murderer of abortionist George Tiller, claiming, “His killer, Scott Roeder, was a born-again Christian who claimed that he the killing ‘was justified to save the lives of unborn children.’”

In reality, Roeder had a long history of psychiatric illness.

Obeidallah concluded his column, denying reality:

“But we can’t deny reality. There are people who commit acts of terrorism in the name of every faith, whether it is Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism or Islam, even if it’s just terrorist adherents of the latter that gets all the media attention.”

In reality, the world does not have to worry about Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, or Amish terrorists. It does have to worry about Islamic jihadists – hundreds of thousands of them at the very least – who commit jihad based upon a logical interpretation of Islam.[17]

Audio files: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4, Clip 5, Clip 6, Clip 7, Clip 8.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “CPAC: Conservative Atheists Fear Theocracy” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8y.

[2]               See “CPAC: America’s Christian Heritage Denied” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8E.

[3]               See “Terrorism Redefined” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-S.

[4]               See “Terror Strikes America – Again!” at http://t.co/nurkdy0GI6.

[5]               See “’Right-Wing Terrorists’ or Muslim Jihadists” at http://t.co/JriDYcKizd.

[6]               See “OK Beheading? Must be Tea Party Christians!” at http://t.co/JeE8yIckeC.

[7]               See “Right-Wing Islamic Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6V.

[8]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[9]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[10]             See “Columbus Rediscovered” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-4E.

[11]             See “Thanksgiving Day Down the Memory Hole” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5E.

[12]             See “Attacking the Faith: Did Jesus Say that He is God?” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-P.

[13]             See “Resurrection: Life & Liberty, Power & Purpose” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-z.

[14]             See “Jesus, the Prince of Peace,” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6J.

[15]             See “True Meaning of Christmas” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6w.

[16]             See “Reflections on 9/11” at http://t.co/86kIRapYtf.

[17]             See “CVE: How to Submit to Jihad” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7x.

CPAC: America’s Christian Heritage Denied

CPAC 2015 offered a glimpse into the thinking and worldview of those who would totally secularize America.

The “conservative atheist” who wants to “purge” the GOP of every vestige of Christianity also seeks to throw America’s Christian heritage into an Orwellian memory hole.[1]

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David Silverman, President of American Atheists, told me, “America doesn’t have a Judeo-Christian heritage. That’s really a soft term and people are just making it up as they go along.”

Actually, America has a Judeo-Christian heritage going back to its discovery by Columbus in 1492. Columbus was a prayerful Christian who insisted his men treat native populations humanely and he sought to spread the gospel of Christ wherever he went.[2]

Bryan Fischer writes, “The United States was founded as a Christian nation. The historical evidence for this is so overwhelming that only someone resistant to the truth and the facts can refuse to believe it.”

Fischer continues:

“At the time of the founding, 99.8% of the population of the fledgling country identified themselves, to one degree of sincerity or another, as followers of Jesus Christ. And 98.4% identified themselves as Protestants. Catholics represented 1.4% of the population, and the other 0.2% were followers of Judaism. Virtually 100% of those living in America at the time of its founding were adherents of the Judeo-Christian tradition.”

Yes, America’s Founding Fathers were Christians!

Exhibiting multiculturalism and pluralism on steroids, Silverman said, “America is a diverse nation. We are a nation of Christians, and Jews, and Muslims, and Wiccans, and atheists, and Hindus, and Buddhists.”

Why this emphasis? To deny Christians standing in the court of public opinion and to disinherit Christians from their heritage.

To further delegitimize their authority, Silverman twice mysteriously said, “The Founding Fathers were brought.” He obviously wasn’t speaking of slaves. The Founders were all either born in America or freely naturalized. None were “brought.”

As noted by the National Archives, “Most of the delegates were natives of the 13 colonies. Only eight were born elsewhere: four (Butler, Fitzsimons, McHenry, and Paterson) in Ireland, two (Davie and Robert Morris) in England, one (Wilson) in Scotland, and one (Hamilton) in the West Indies.”

Declaration of Independence

Discounting the Declaration of Independence’s core statement of belief in equality under a God who endows human with rights, Silverman emphasized that “the Declaration of Independence is, of course, not the law of the land. It simply declared the colonies independent from England.”

But was it “simply” so? The Heritage Foundation observes that “its true revolutionary significance – then as well as now – is the declaration of a new basis of political legitimacy in the sovereignty of the people.”

That “new basis of political legitimacy” would be profound indeed. “The Americans’ final appeal was not to any man-made decree or evolving spirit but to rights inherently possessed by all men. These rights are found in eternal ‘Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.’ As such, the Declaration’s meaning transcends the particulars of time and circumstances.”

Far too few know that the Declaration was deeply influenced by Scripture. The National Center for Constitutional Studies provides an in-depth analysis of the Declaration’s biblical roots.[3]

The Founders, therefore, saw God as the originator of their rights and the architect of their laws.

First Amendment

To further disassociate the Declaration from any connection with American jurisprudence, Silverman continued, “The Constitution was published nine years later. That is the law of the land.”

He then noticeably misrepresented the First Amendment, saying, “And that is completely free of religion in every respect except to say that Congress shall make no law with respecting the establishment of a religion.”

Did you notice? Silverman quoted the Establishment Clause but did not cite the Free Exercise Clause, which reads: “… or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Why would that be? Because Silverman seeks to prevent Christians from freely exercising their religious rights in the public square. As noted in Part I,[4] Silverman seeks to exclude Christians and other people of faith from the public square, making them second-class citizens.

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story explained the purpose of the First Amendment:

“The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment which should give to a hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government.”[5]

Wall of Separation

According to their website,

“American Atheists, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, educational organization dedicated to the complete and absolute separation of state and church, accepting the explanation of Thomas Jefferson that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was meant to create a ‘wall of separation’ between state and church.”

American Atheists seeks to erect a permanent and immovable wall of separation between government and religion, using Thomas Jefferson’s famous metaphor contained in private correspondence to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. In that letter, Jefferson sought to reassure Christians that the government would not interfere with their living out their faith, writing,

“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”

The purpose of the wall (Jefferson’s metaphor), in Jefferson’s mind, was to protect the worshippers from the government, not the government from the worshippers. As Heritage puts it, “Jefferson placed the federal government on one side of his wall and state governments and churches on the other.”

Justice Story agreed: “My own private judgment has long been (and every day’s experience more and more confirms me in it) that government cannot long exist without an alliance with religion; and that Christianity is indispensable to the true interests and solid foundations of free government.”[6]

If the Framers of the Constitution intended to divorce religion from government, why were there 15 fasting proclamations from 1777-1863 and 37 thanksgiving proclamations from 1775-1989?

Federalism: State Religions

The Founders, including Jefferson, saw the First Amendment as prohibiting the federal government from establishing a religion while permitting the establishment of state religions. Which is, in fact, what happened.

Silverman skirts around the truth, giving lip service to federalism while claiming that the Constitution neuters state constitutions regarding religion. He asserts, “other states made their own constitutions, and those constitutions had overt references to religion and overt references to God. The United States Constitution, which was made after those – and supersedes all of them at the federal level – specifically and deliberately omits all of that.”

If Silverman were correct, all state religions would have ceased in 1789. As the accompanying chart shows, many state-supported churches continued well into the mid- and late-nineteenth century.

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A Completely Secular Nation?

Nope!

According to Silverman, “Some people say that they were Christians. Some people say that they were atheists. And none of it matters. Their personal views don’t matter at all. What matters is the Constitution they put together – the law of the land that they created was completely secular.”

Is it true that who wrote the Constitution does not matter? That is sheer nonsense. To suggest that a nation of Christians would create a secular Constitution opposed to faith is folly. The history of the people, their words, and their deeds tell us otherwise.

Consider President John Adams words: “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were … the general principles of Christianity. … I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature.”

Justice Story reveals, “There never has been a period of history, in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundation.”[7]

The very existence of state-sponsored (Christian) religions through much of the 1800s attests to the Christian nature of the American experiment.

America’s Founders (and the population as a whole) were largely religious, mostly Christian, and their faith stirred their endeavors. Looking at the record of the Constitutional Convention – and their subsequent actions upon ratification of the Constitution – we can determine their original intent[8] in creating this law of the land.

In discussing the creation of the Constitution, James Madison wrote, “When the Almighty himself condescends to address mankind in their own language, his meaning, luminous as it must be, is rendered dim and doubtful by the cloudy medium through which it is communicated.”[9]

“It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.”

The brilliance of the Founders was in humbly seeking the counsel of God, looking for wisdom in Scripture, and creating a governing framework which takes into account the fallen nature of mankind and the world.

Recognizing that power corrupts, the Framers provided a set of checks and balances in the form of the three branches of government, a bicameral legislature, federalism, the electoral college, and the like – all premised on a biblical understanding of human nature.

Treaty of Paris

Of course, Silverman used the Treaty of Paris ploy, arguing,

“Furthermore, the first treaty ever signed by America was the Treaty of Tripoli. It was signed by order of George Washington, signed by John Adams, drafted by order of George Washington, it was ratified unanimously by the founding Senate, and it was read in the Senate, and it specifically states that the government of the Unites States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion. It is in black and white, it is in writing, signed by the Founding Fathers.”

Silverman’s smoking gun is not what it appears.

The Treaty of Tripoli says that the U.S. federal government is not Christian. It says nothing about state governments or the nation as a whole. (So many on the Left confuse “government” with “nation.” A nation has a government but the government is not the nation.)

The Supreme Court has consistently affirmed the United States to be “a Christian country”[10] and “a Christian nation.”[11] Moreover, in 1854, The House Judiciary Committee declared the then-recognized self-evident truth that “In this age there can be no substitution for Christianity … That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.”[12]

America Remains a Christian Nation

Leftist secularists are intent upon removing every vestige of Christianity from America, creating controversies over Columbus Day,[13] Thanksgiving Day,[14] Christmas trees, nativity scenes, public prayer, crosses, Santa Claus, the pledge of allegiance, and “In God We Trust.”

Our Founders embraced those sentiments decried by the Left, just as Americans have for over two hundred years. The American people have always been spiritually oriented and the government was intended to support that biblical culture.

In 2001, 85% of the U.S. population was religious. Of those who are religious, 95% are Christian.

According to Under God in the Pledge: “All 50 state constitutions refer to ‘God’ or some higher power. Forty-three states feature these religious references in the Preamble (introductory clause of explanation) of their constitution. The seven remaining states refer to ‘God’ in their religious freedom provisions.”

There are 68 references to God in the U.S. Code.

Today, Christians in America are under assault as never before. Political correctness in America’s cultural institutions – from academia, to Hollywood, to the media – targets Christians for ridicule and “reeducation.” Mob violence in Indiana during Holy Week – in opposition to religious freedom – starkly exposes the extent to which Christianity is under assault.

American Atheists, with its slick propaganda, is allied with those who would purge Christianity from America.

We need to exhibit courage, speak the truth, and fight for what we believe. Let the truth be known that America was and is a Christian nation, and that we want it to remain so!

Audio files: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4, Clip 5, Clip 6, Clip 7, Clip 8.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “CPAC: Conservative Atheists Fear Theocracy” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8y.

[2]               See “Columbus Rediscovered” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-4E.

[3]               See also Pauline Maier, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence, Vintage, 1998, and Gary T. Amos, Defending the Constitution: How the Bible and Christianity Influenced the Writing of the Declaration of Independence, Wolgemuth and Hyatt, 1989.

[4]               See “CPAC: Conservative Atheists Fear Theocracy” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8y.

[5]               See http://www.americanminute.com/index.php?date=09-10.

[6]               Ibid.

[7]               Ibid.

[8]               See David Barton, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution & Religion, WallBuilder Press, 2008.

[9]               James Madison, The Federalist No. 37, 1/11/1788, http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa37.htm.

[10]             See Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, 43 U. S. 127, 198 (1844), http://vftonline.org/EndTheWall/TrinityHistory.htm.

[11]             See Church of the Holy Trinity v. U. S., 143 U. S. 471 (1892), http://vftonline.org/EndTheWall/TrinityHistory.htm.

[12]             Reports of Committees of the House of Representatives Made During the First Session of the Thirty-Third Congress, Nicholson, 1854, pp. 6, 8.

[13]             See “Columbus Rediscovered” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-4E.

[14]             See “Thanksgiving Day Down the Memory Hole” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5E.

CPAC: Conservative Atheists Fear Theocracy

The anger, fear, and outrage in his voice was palpable, especially when looking into his eyes. The intensity in his glare expressed either fear or hatred – or both.

David Silverman, an exhibitor at CPAC, is President of American Atheists, “the oldest non-profit organization by and for atheists.” (Audio clips below.)

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During our interview, Silverman used emotional arguments, engaged in historical revisionism, played the victim card, and distorted American precepts in order to attack American traditions.

[Parts II and III in this series will examine Silverman’s contention that America was never a Christian nation and that Christians are terrorists.]

Silverman Not a Conservative

His booth was bannered: “Conservative Atheists MATTER” (cleverly merging “Black Lives Matter” with “matter” as building blocks of the universe). The banner suggested its members are naturally conservatives.

Asked, “from where do you draw your conservative values,” Silverman admitted: “This is not really about me being a conservative. We’re here to raise awareness of the fact that atheist conservatives exist and that conservatism isn’t synonymous with Christianity.”

But is Silverman a conservative? No.

“My political views are kind of centrist. I will tell you that I am one of the people who never votes Republican because of all the religious influence.”

So, why did Silverman have an exhibit at the Conservative Political Action Conference? To convert people, politically, from conservatism, and to silence Christians.

GOP is a Theocracy!

Did you know that the GOP seeks to create a Christian theocracy?

According to Silverman, “17-20 million people are atheists who would vote Republican don’t because of the theocratic tendencies in the conservative platform.”

Did you know that the conservative platform has theocratic tendencies? I didn’t.

In our interview, Silverman expressed absolutely no concerns about the many efforts by Muslims to establish sharia law as law of the land in America. Nevertheless, it is people of the Christian faith that Silverman fears.

John Stossel and Greg Gutfled are libertarian atheists who do not fear faith. S.E. Cupp, a conservative atheist, decried the marginalization of Christianity in her 2010 book, Losing Our Religion.

In contrast, Silverman actually believes that Christians who exercise their faith in the public square are one step away from establishing a tyrannical theocracy.

Second-Class Citizens and Anti-Americanism

Silverman introduced a straw man argument, asserting:

“If we start with, ‘Well, we’re a Christian nation,’ or ‘We have a Christian heritage or a Judeo-Christian heritage,’ you start from a place of inequality, because the next part of that sentence is ‘We are a Christian nation, therefore, we deserve more rights. Therefore, we can do something you can’t. Therefore, we are unequal,’ or, in the words of Animal Farm, ‘we’re more equal than you are.’”

This is, of course, nonsense. Simply stating an historical fact regarding America’s Christian heritage in no way suggests the inferiority of non-Christians. Being faithful to the truth, the Christian concept contained in the Declaration of Independence – that “all men are created equal” – actually disproves Silverman’s contention.

But Silverman, who denies America’s Christian roots, reverses the truth, claiming, “So, the rhetoric around ‘We are a Christian nation’ or ‘We are of a Judeo-Christian heritage’ is inherently anti-equality and that is anti-American by default.”

In other words, to accurately connect America’s Christian heritage with the Creator-endowed human rights we cherish and protect in America is to be somehow anti-American and anti-equality.

Silverman was adamant in insisting, “Conservatives need to drop all of that dogma. They need to drop all of that stuff, not only because it is not true, but because it is anti-American and anti-equality.”

He continued, “I don’t think conservatives need to take an anti-equality approach. They should take a pro-equality approach.”

Naturally, the rational “pro-equality approach” Silverman advocates is to deny Christians a place at the political table in the public square.

GOP Should Stop Being the GOP

In fact, Silverman wants to liberate the GOP better by shackling its religious underpinnings.

He advocates, “If conservatism would revert back to the way it was back in the days of Barry Goldwater, where you’re just talking about small government, a strong military, and gun rights, and things like that, and leave the ‘We are a Christian nation, we are anti-choice, we are anti-gay marriage, we are anti-science in the classroom.’” [I’ll unpack that last sentence in a moment.]

Except, the GOP has had a religious component from its inception, providing the rationale and motivation for personhood and liberty extending from slaves to the unborn.

Clearly hostile to faith, Silverman stressed the eradication of religion from the public square. He argued, “If you left all that stuff out, millions and millions of conservative atheists would start voting for you again.”

Indeed, he advocates purging Christianity from politics:

“We think that it is a detriment to conservatism that it has adopted Christianity as part of its platform and we think it should be purged from the conservative platform. Christianity, religion has nothing to do with politics.”

[Actually, the Christian faith was foundational and fundamental to America’s birth, as will be discussed in Part II.]

GOP is Anti-Science

Is Silverman correct in his description of the GOP as anti-choice, anti-gay marriage, and anti-science? (Two out of three ain’t bad.)

In reality, the science Silverman worships actually supports the GOP’s positions on abortion, gay marriage, and other science-related matters.

Anti-Choice. Silverman supports abortion and thinks the GOP should, too. But science proves the humanity of the unborn. If Silverman is truly “pro-equality” as he asserts, protecting the unborn should be of paramount concern to him.

Every year, medical science demonstrates ever more clearly the humanity of the unborn.[1] This is irrefutable. Silverman claims Christians make him feel like a second-class citizen, but what class of citizenship does he offer the unborn? None. He only offers them death.

Anti-Gay Marriage. Silverman supports gay marriage, whereas biology does not. Biology supports the GOP position on gay marriage.[2] The civic purpose of marriage is procreation and, by definition, same-sex couples cannot procreate.

Many studies, including that of identical twins, prove there is no gay gene. Homosexuality is a behavioral choice.

Homosexuality is anti-science: “Evolution is all about perpetuating and advancing the species. Homosexuality does not accomplish this necessary evolutionary requirement, making it anti-evolution and thus anti-science since we are told that evolution is the basis of modern-day science.”[3]

Even Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, both gay, say, “The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offspring and rented uterus. Life has a natural flow; there are things that cannot be changed.”

Anti-Science. Silverman was not specific on exactly how the GOP is anti-science, but let’s look at some of the usual suspects. Presumably, he supports the Big Bang Theory, evolution, and climate change. Let’s briefly look at all three.

Atheists promote the Big Bang Theory as a means of removing God from His creation. However, the God factor is real. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking believes “some form of intelligence” – which he calls the “God factor” – brought about creation.[4]

The theory of evolution is fraudulent.[5] Intelligent Design is science. (See eight reasons why intelligent design is science.)

Climate change is a hoax.[6] As Stephen Moore observes, “Nearly every environmental scare of the 1970s backed by hundreds of scientists as well as media, like National Geographic, was proved to be a hoax. We were assured then by the ‘experts’ that the world was overpopulated, running out of energy, food, water, minerals, getting more polluted, and that the end result would be massive poverty famine and global collapse. Every aspect of this collective scientific wisdom was spectacularly wrong.”

Moore adds, “In 2010 the Climate Depot identified more than 1,000 international scientists doubting the science of global warming.” (Moore’s column brings us right up to the present.)

Silverman’s Mission

Silverman argues for inclusiveness, saying, “We are all in this together. Let’s shrink the size of government.” But, in his arguments, he excludes people of faith – doing so in the name of inclusion.

Clothing himself in the mantle of the victim – without actually offering any tangible evidence of victimology – Silverman contends, “I have only one party to vote for as a matter of self-defense, as a matter of self-preservation. … I always vote for the party that will preserve my full citizenship, my full equality.”

Once again, no one is denying him even one iota of citizenship or equality. Rather, Silverman is using our own love of liberty, equality, and the American experience to fundamentally transform America into something the Founders never intended (and that most Americans don’t want).

Silverman’s website contains a mission statement: “American Atheists, Inc., is organized to stimulate and promote freedom of thought and inquiry concerning religious beliefs, creeds, dogmas, tenets, rituals, and practices.”

Their mission includes: “the complete and absolute separation of state and church; … the establishment and maintenance of a thoroughly secular system of education; … [and] a social philosophy in which humankind is central.” [Emphasis added.]

Notably, American Atheists admit to having their own religion: “Materialism’s ‘faith’ is in humankind and their ability to transform the world culture by their own efforts.”

Final Thoughts

Rational debate with someone bordering on emotional hysteria never works. Silverman’s emotions were raw. When I countered several of his contentions, his hostility grew even as his denials of historical fact became more shrill.

As Christians, we should be careful about our message. We certainly should not cause others to feel like second-class citizens. We are called to be lights and salty in a darkened and decaying world. As ambassadors, we should be approachable.

Yet, we must also remain vigilant, remembering that truth is what liberates and preserves the world, and that truth is a hallmark of our ambassadorship.

[Parts II and III in this series will examine Silverman’s contention that America was never a Christian nation and that Christians are terrorists.]

Audio files: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4, Clip 5, Clip 6, Clip 7, Clip 8.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “I’m having a … fetus” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7d.

[2]               See “Vicky Beeching and the Lesbian Gospel” at http://t.co/CpHQtj5sGN.

[3]               The writer, using the term “evolution,” may be doing so as a way of demonstrating the fraudulence of their arguments. I would use the term “procreation,” rendering his explanation even more valid. Same-sex “couples” cannot procreate and, thus, cannot perpetuate the species, highlighting the absurdity of same-sex “marriage.” (Only extra-marital means, in vitro fertilization, adoption, etc., can offer offspring to such a union – means which do not derive from the “married” people themselves.)

[4]               See “E.T. Come Back!” at http://t.co/9OwsIJXMup. b

[5]               See “Cosmos: A Cosmic Lie” at http://t.co/IMKDX6WekU.

[6]               See “Obama’s War … on Global Warming!” at http://t.co/WmjRvUyVlw.