I was blessed to get to attend the Patriots Conference May 2 at Bloomer Sullivan Arena. It was very impressive! I appreciate the article in The Democrat. However, I saw no sign of any protesters, nor was there any hate suggested. They sang praises to God and patriotic songs, which were well done, I might add.
David Barton was an outstanding speaker, as were all who took part. I was glad to see some of our city fathers involved. David Barton showed quotes from John Quincy Adams, who said it was “shameful not to know the scriptures.” When the states’ leaders couldn’t agree on what should be in our Constitution, Ben Franklin reminded them they needed to call on God to help them in their deliberations, which they did and God led their minds in agreement. Our Constitution was built on the Word of God. George Washington proclaimed, “There is a Divine Creator. It is the divine duty of all nations to acknowledge God, to obey His will and be grateful for His benefits and to humbly implore His divine protection. Our inalienable rights come from God. A right God has given you and no one has a right to take them away. They cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws. A right to life, to liberty and to property and sanctity of the home. Government is to protect our rights.”
When we fail to vote and the wrong people get in office, our rights are no longer protected. Many high-school graduates can’t name the three branches of government. Even a large percent of politicians don’t know them. Less than 20 percent of eligible voters chose our president. Voting is a great privilege and responsibility. We have become complacent, not bothering to register and vote or even concern ourselves with important issues that we should examine.
I was tuned into James Dobson’s talk show. They had a guest speaker who had asked himself, “How were Hitler and his henchman able to kill 11 million people?” Hitler was elected to office, always promising more and better, and change for the people in Germany. The holocaust took place gradually. The government lied to the Jews, saying they were protecting them. When barbed wire was placed around where they were staying, they were told the Russians were advancing and they wanted to keep them there so they could be rescued. Then, they were told to get on the trains (box cars) for a short ride to safety. We all know the rest of the story.
Now back to the Patriots Conference. Public schools were founded on the Bible. That was their textbook. John Quincy Adams told 10-year-olds they should read through the Bible every year to learn how to live and prosper and be happy. When they did get another textbook, Dr. Benjamin Rush was concerned that the Bible would be neglected. He said, “If they ever take the Bible out of the schools, they will spend all their money on crime control.” Our public schools are now stressed for funds because the prisons and jails are being enlarged. Our children are not always safe now in school.
In 1844, the Supreme Court ruled, for a public school to receive public funding, it must teach the Bible. Look where we are today. Now we are told prayer and Bible reading should be kept separate from school and politics, and now even military chaplains are being restricted. Is this still the United States of America?
Marylu Tignor Jaggers