July 3, 2012

On September 18, 2010, President Obama gave a speech before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, during which he quoted a portion of the Declaration Of Independence, saying: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal [pause], endowed with certain unalienable rights:  life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Notice anything missing?

He forgot to mention Who endowed man with certain unalienable rights. He left out the phrase "by their Creator".

Well one could chalk that up to a misquote or a lapse of the mind. Or worse yet, maybe he was just unfamiliar with that famous document which declares our liberty from tyranny. I doubt these things because it happened again, one month later.

Fast forward to the Democratic fundraiser on Monday, October 19, 2010. On that evening, President Obama once again misquoted the Declaration of Independence’s most famous sentence and once again omitted its reference to our “Creator.” According to the text of his remarks published on the official White House website, he said: “[W]hat makes this place [America] special is not something physical.  It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire, and said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’” 

The first time that something happens and is met with publicity and criticism, it could well be an accident or part of the learning curve — like the first time one bows down to foreign royalty when other U.S. presidents haven’t; or the first time one issues a public apology abroad for past (real or imagined) American sins in a way that other presidents haven’t. But the second time, the assumption must be that it’s probably deliberate — and that makes it all the more appalling. Other presidents didn’t deliberately misquote the Declaration, and they didn’t leave out (or rewrite) the words about our rights being endowed by our Creator. 

Obama has done this so often that it can't be a slip of the tongue or a glitch of the teleprompter. Changing the words of the Declaration of Independence is part of Obama's determination to remove everything religious and every mention of God from every aspect of our public life in order to fundamentally transform us from "one nation under God" into one nation under the federal government, especially the executive branch, with no higher power recognized.

I cannot help but believe this President has his own personal copy of the Declaration, already printed without the references to God, ready to distribute to public school children across the country.

On this Fourth of July, we should remind ourselves that the great Declaration of Independence is not only the proclamation of our independence and sovereignty, but it is also the official affirmation of our belief and faith in God. The declaration asserts God's existence as a "self-evident" truth and states that the purpose of government is to secure our God-given unalienable individual rights.

The declaration contains five references to God -- God as our creator, God as supreme lawmaker, God as the source of all rights, God as the world's supreme judge and God as our protector.

Back on June 9, the movie "For Greater Glory" opened in local theaters. It is a compelling dramatization of the Mexican government's persecution of Christians from 1926 to 1929, a bloody piece of history that has hitherto been ignored by historians and filmmakers.

This movie is instructive for Americans, who have peacefully enjoyed religious liberty for more than two centuries, to realize the depth of hatred that some people have for religion in general and Christianity in particular.

In 1926, Mexican President Plutarco Elias Calles brutally enforced laws to suppress religion. Soldiers on horseback broke into churches, vandalized church property, killed priests and strung up dead bodies on posts to terrify the people.

Government officials, an elite openly admiring Soviet Communism, were determined to destroy all visible evidences of religion, including the cross and other Christian symbols, the wearing of traditional garments by Catholic priests and nuns, and religious processions. Soldiers could order anyone to repeat "Long live the federal government," with death the punishment for refusal.

Mexico's Constitution required the schools to be active participants in the battle to secularize the country and suppress religion. The Constitution stated: "Education services should be secular, and, therefore, free of any religious orientation."

About 90,000 Mexicans died in the fighting that ensued as the Christians, calling themselves Cristeros, resisted bravely. They got little or no help from the Vatican, but eventually, in 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 25 Cristero saints and martyrs. The U.S. government apparently was interested only in protecting its oil interests.

Our first reaction to the killings in this movie is "of course, this can't happen here." The bloody part may be improbable in the United States, but the contempt for religion here is already evident.

It's not difficult to imagine the hateful words of the Mexican president being repeated in the United States by the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and various other atheist litigators who are aggressively pushing supremacist judges to ban the Ten Commandments -- our national motto -- and crosses from schools and from every public place, even when their purpose is to honor servicemen who gave their lives on our behalf.

Through speeches and regulations, President Obama is trying to eliminate all public references to religion, to force religious worship behind closed doors and to coerce religious institutions into financing drugs and procedures that violate their religious faith. Obamacare will force Christian hospitals, colleges and schools to pay for abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations for their employees.

President Obama may want to move us farther away from God, and closer to a complete secular state. To do that he must somehow eliminate the accepted 236 year old document signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia and replace it with what would become a Declaration of Dependence, turning us away from God and toward reliance on government.

It's a communist's dream come true.

As we celebrate what the fourth of July once stood for, may we renew our pledge of patriotism and reliance upon the Almighty Creator Who, alone, once gave us those unalienable rights we should all crave once again.

We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.