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Still One Nation Under God (Dr Ben Carson Article) ^ | February 12, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson

Posted on 02/12/2014 5:16:18 AM PST by Kaslin

We used to characterize the Soviet Union as a godless, evil empire. Like many societies based on communism or socialism, the Soviets saw fit to minimize the importance of God and, in many cases, wreaked unimaginable persecution on religious people.

Why is faith in God anathema to such states? It's because they need to remove any authority other than themselves as the arbiter of right and wrong.

Interestingly, last year Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized Euro-Atlantic countries, including the United States, of becoming godless and moving away from Christian values. Some may bristle at such an accusation, but when you consider that many Americans are hesitant even to mention God or Jesus in public, there may be some validity to his claim. We also casually have tossed out many of the principles espoused in the Bible and have concluded that there's no authority greater than man himself.

The separation clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is inappropriately applied to a host of situations that involve religion. By reinterpreting the law to mean separation of God and state, as opposed to the original intent of keeping the church from having undue influence over state affairs and keeping government from ruling the church, secular progressives have succeeded de facto in redefining part of the Constitution. Such success, however, can only be lasting if "we the people" continue to yield our values and beliefs in order to get along.

A number of years ago, some lawyers approached me to advise that we could not hang our "Think Big" banners in public schools. They claimed the "G" stood for God, and this would be tantamount to government endorsement of religion, which would be contrary to the First Amendment. I countered that the First Amendment also forbids government suppression of religious expression and suggested we pursue this argument at the U.S. Supreme Court.

This may have seemed like a bold and reckless statement, but it wasn't. I knew I would be going to the Supreme Court the next week to receive the Jefferson award and figured I would bring up this issue while I was there. And I did.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said we were nowhere near violating the First Amendment and that of course we could put up our banners in a public school without constitutional infringement. In this case, I did not back down in the face of bogus accusations, and we prevailed. We all must have the courage to fight for our beliefs, just as our predecessors fought for our future.

While there is no question that our Judeo-Christian values have taken a hit in recent years, we have not yet reached the point of a totally godless government that sets itself up as the supreme authority and giver of rights. As a nation, we must decide definitively whether we believe in God and godly principles. We must decide whether we revere the Bible and what it means when our elected officials take their oaths of office with one hand upon it. If we do nothing, we allow by default the elimination of God as a central figure in our culture.

As secular progressives try to remove all vestiges of God from our society, let us remember the godly principles of loving our fellow man, caring about our neighborhoods, developing our God-given talents to the utmost so that we become valuable to the people around us, and maintaining high principles that govern our lives. Our Judeo-Christian values led this nation to the pinnacle of the world in record time. If we embrace them, they will keep us there.

While we Americans are giving a cold shoulder to our religious heritage, the Russians are warming to religion. The Russians seem to be gaining prestige and influence throughout the world as we are losing ours. I wonder whether there is a correlation.

There are many well-documented stories about God's intervention on behalf of our country during the War of Independence, but one of my favorites involves the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The delegates could not reach consensus on how the Constitution should be written, and the rancor threatened to destroy the fledgling union.

Benjamin Franklin, who was 81 years old, stood before the entire assembly and reminded them of their frequent prayers during the war against Great Britain. At his suggestion, they knelt and prayed -- and then went on to put together a 16-page document known as the Constitution of the United States, one of the most admired documents in history. From that point forward, congressional sessions were started with prayer.

Second Chronicles 7:14 says, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land."

These instructions are clear, and secular progressives will shun them. They may control much of the media, but we should not allow them to control our beliefs.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: carson; christianity; god; religion

1 posted on 02/12/2014 5:16:18 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Perhaps the best antidote to failed black president is a successful black president. And Ben Carson fits the bill.

2 posted on 02/12/2014 5:41:59 AM PST by logos (Only an educated intellectual will consistently misread plain language.)
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To: Kaslin

Secular progressives think only of the here and now. One indicator of human intelligence is the ability to think ahead and visualize future consequences.

Good example of secular progressive social engineering: Obamacare.

3 posted on 02/12/2014 5:45:57 AM PST by abclily
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To: logos

Dr Ben Carson has said numerous times that he is not interested in running for President, but he will support the Nominee. You can not force him to run, as much as most of us would like him to. But it would would be a waste. He would be better to serve as perhaps Surgeon General or Secretary of Health and human services

4 posted on 02/12/2014 6:17:27 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Only distressed that he refers to the “separation clause” There is an establishment clause—and the dependent clause attached is known as the free exercise clause. But I find no separation clause.
I also note that Old Ben Franklin is widely remembered as a Deist—Yet he never was as hostile toward Christians as our modern politicians seem to be.In his Thursday June 28 speech calling for Prayer he cited the Supreme Authority of the Sacred Writings in accepted literary form no less than a half dozen times .I add it was not uncommon for politicians to load their political speech with religious references.And our public schools have noted only one or two seemed to think prayer necessary (a possible reflection of Franklin’s own modesty Yet it was Madison and Roger Sherman who moved to enact Franklin’s proposal.And the fact that by law then —before we had a Constitution —and many years after it was adopted—) Sundays (The Christian Sabbath-was a dies non.They went to church on Sunday’s.Add to this Edmund Jennings Randolph,who was also a Deist at some point in time— further proposed on June 28—That a sermon be preached at the request of the Convention on Independence Day and prayers be used in the Convention when they returned.Thus on the third day following Franklin’s proposal they did no work but attended church— then on Independence Day they did not attend a football game — they went to hear that sermon requested.(Reformed Calvinistic church -Rev. Wm.Rogers) They returned to the Convention for a few days then the cycle of Sundays excepted resumed. Wm.J.Federer America’s God and Country:encyclopedia of quotations tells what our public schools have neglected to teach.

5 posted on 02/12/2014 6:53:34 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Kaslin

It’s sad to me that he doesn’t want to run for president. I would vote for him.

6 posted on 02/12/2014 8:06:45 AM PST by PrairieLady2
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To: Kaslin; AllAmericanGirl44; Bigg Red; duckman; EDINVA; ELS; fatnotlazy; gaijin; Graewoulf; ...
Excellent article.

Ben Carson *Ping*

Ben Caron photo BenCarson_zps8b233ca1.jpg

Please Freepmail to get on or off this list…

7 posted on 02/12/2014 8:21:56 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell
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To: PrairieLady2

It’s sad to me that he doesn’t want to run for president. I would vote for him.

I would vote for him, as well. But can you blame him for his refusal?

8 posted on 02/12/2014 8:53:43 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the flag. This man is just wonderful.

If I did not know better, I would think his story about the banners was a joke.

Of course, for the Progs, the first letter of “government” stands for “God”.

9 posted on 02/12/2014 8:55:53 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Bigg Red

Yes, Progressives and their ilk are paranoid and work their little brains overtime to make these type cases.

That’s a great story Dr. Carson related.

10 posted on 02/12/2014 9:09:49 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell
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