To the editor:
Contrary to 21st century politically correct beliefs all religions of the world are not the same and this nation?s Founding Fathers did not follow the world of tolerance for all.
Thomas Jefferson who authored the Declaration of Independence warned us, the future generations of America: ?If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.?
For too many decades, the mortal enemies of the original intent of sacred freedom in this nation, both foreign and domestic, have been allowed to dominate too many discussions, debates and elections.
The last sentence of the Declaration of Independence reads: ?And for the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.?
Fifty-six men gave their word to sacrifice all they had to achieve the American dream of freedom. These patriots were men of integrity and their faith and their actions met their words as they kept their mutual pledge.
Nineteen put on a military uniform and went to war. Two died at the hands of the British, seven died during the war, two were wounded in battle, five were made prisoners of war, 17 lost their estates and fortunes, five incurred heavy debt by personally financing the war, 14 lost their families or were separated from them, two lost children and three lost wives.
Securing this nation?s independence from tyranny came at a high cost and John Adams, a member of the committee that drafted the Declaration warned us, the future generations: ?Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make good use of it!?
The Declaration of Independence is one of the two most important documents in American history and the Bible, also one of this nation?s most sacred treasures, shaped America into one of the greatest and most unique nations.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the word of truth and speaks to the hearts of all human beings of all nations that have ears to hear. The Gospel of Jesus Christ speaks to the circumstances of life on this earth as does no other book ever written.
The question is, in 21st century America, ?Why do so many in this nation have no respect for what is sacred to the foundation of this nation??
The sad answers are:
1. The truth of ?divine providence? and American history has been evicted from many of our public schools, colleges, universities, counsels, courts, assemblies, homes and even some churches.
2. We have elected, appointed or employed people to leadership positions that believe government knows what is best for you and your life from the womb to the tomb.
3. The highest priority has not been assigned to the maintenance of the original intent of freedom in this nation and the admonishment and warnings issued by our Founding Fathers and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
? James Lee Elliott, Fairfield