We seem to be turning more and more from our founding principals. We began as a nation under God. What will our future bring without Him?
"Following nearly twenty five years of litigation in the courts, a federal judge appointed by George W. Bush has ordered that a historic war memorial cross be torn down as an unconstitutional government endorsement of Christianity. As previously reported, the Mount Soledad war memorial cross was erected near San Diego, California in 1954 and has been at the center of controversy surrounding whether or not its presence is legal, since the religious memorial is owned by the government. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been fighting against the cross for years on behalf of atheist war veteran Philip Paulson.
"In 2011, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the display was unconstitutional as it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
" “The use of such a distinctively Christian symbol to honor all veterans sends a strong message of endorsement and exclusion,” the court wrote in its 50-page opinion. “It suggests that the government is so connected to a particular religion that it treats that religion’s symbolism as its own, as universal. To many non-Christian veterans, this claim of universality is alienating…”
"The decision was then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the case was rejected for review. However, Justice Samuel Alito stated that the court may wish to hear the matter after the local district court rules on the ultimate fate of the cross.
"On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns, nominated by then-president George W. Bush in 2003, stated that he had no other choice but to follow the 9th Circuit’s opinion and declare the cross unconstitutional."
Please read more at Judge Orders War Memorial Cross to Be Torn Down After Finding Display Unconstitutional, by Heather Clark, Christian News.
"The story of Roger Sherman:
Born and died a true American (1721 - 1793), he was a Revolutionary patriot, jurist and politician. He was the only one of our Founding Father's to sign all 'four' major founding documents, the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of the Confederation and the Constitution of the United States.
"On Thursday, June 28, 1787, during a Constitutional Convention, Sherman seconded a motion to enact Dr. Benjamin Franklin's request that Congress be opened with prayer each day. That practice continues to this day.
"In February 1776, along with John Adams and George Wythe of Virginia, Sherman served on a committee responsible for creating instructions for an embassy headed for Canada.
The instructions directed: You are further to declare that we hold sacred the rights of conscience, and may promise to the whole people, solemnly in our name, the free and undisturbed exercise of their religion. And, that all civil rights and the right to hold office were to be extended to persons of any Christian denomination.
Taken from Yes, America Was Founded on Christian Beliefs and Principals, by Jake Jones, at The Examiner.