Wednesday, July 06, 2005

When the Foundations Are Neglected

By Alexander Samuels

In her column last week, Ann Coulter put the recent Supreme Court ban on the display of the Ten Commandments in perspective by offering a sampling of speech the court deems to be OK and is paid for in whole or in part by our tax dollars: . . .

Graphic videos demonstrating how to put a condom on and pep talks by "Planned Parenthood educators." — sex education classes at public schools across the nation

Korans distributed to aspiring terrorists at Guantanamo. — U.S. military

"If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers (than the attack of 9/11), I'd really be interested in hearing about it." — Ward Churchill, professor, University of Colorado

We need "a million more Mogadishus" (referring to the slaughter of 18 American soldiers during a peacekeeping mission in Somalia in 1993). — Nicholas De Genova, assistant professor, Columbia University

"The entire federal government — the Congress, the executive, the courts — is united behind a right-wing agenda for which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate. That agenda includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to surrender control over their own lives. ... If you like the Supreme Court that put George W. Bush in the White House, you will swoon over what's coming. And if you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture ..." — Bill Moyers' commentary on PBS' "Now"

"For most Americans ... (war with Japan) was a war of vengeance. For most Japanese, it was a war to defend their unique culture against Western imperialism. ... Some have argued that the United States would never have dropped the bomb on the Germans, because Americans were more reluctant to bomb 'white people' than Asians." — Smithsonian exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VJ Day, later modified due to protests

Close-up photos of women's vaginas plastered all over a portrait of the Virgin Mary (which The New York Times will still not mention when it describes the "art"). — Brooklyn Museum of Art

A photo of a woman breastfeeding an infant, titled "Jesus Sucks." — NEA-funded performance

A photo of a newborn infant with its mouth open titled to suggest the infant was available for oral sex. — NEA-funded performance

A novel depicting the sexual molestation of a group of 10 children in a pedophile's garage, including acts of bestiality, with the children commenting on how much they enjoyed the pedophilia. — NEA-funded publisher

Christ submerged in a jar of urine. — NEA-funded exhibit

A performance of large, sexually explicit props covered with Bibles performing a wide variety of sex acts and concluding with a mass Bible-burning. — NEA-funded performance (canceled by the venue in response to citizen protests)

A play titled "Sincerity Forever," depicting Christ using obscenities and endorsing any and all types of sexual activities as consistent with Biblical teaching. — NEA-funded exhibit

Be sure to check out Coulter's column for even more, equally disturbing examples along with her concluding comments.

In order to justify the examples of "free speech" listed above, it appears the courts feel forced to adopt a "freedom from religion" policy. The history of our country gives evidence that such an attitude will destroy the foundations of our democracy, as the following historic quotes will attest:
The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country. — Calvin Coolidge

Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God?
— Thomas Jefferson

The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.
— Thomas Jefferson

Those who will not be governed by God, will be ruled by tyrants.
— William Penn

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.
— George Washington

It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
— George Washington

The religion that has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His Apostles. . . . This is genuine Christianity and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.
— Noah Webster

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