Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Yesterday was officially Memorial Day—a day set aside to honor veterans and members of the armed forces.  Yet, we should not limit our thoughts to that one day.  Pray for veterans and current military personnel.  Remember their continued service and sacrifice.

During our history, we have had periods of volunteer armies, a variety of military conscription plans, and a draft lottery system.  Today, we use a system of an all volunteer military service.  Regardless of the method used, some have complained and called the different programs unfair and discriminatory.  One thing unfortunately is clear, given our sinful human nature; this country needs a military presence.

On Memorial Day, the Peoria Journal Star published a column written by Cal Thomas.  It was entitled “’Thank you for my freedom.’”  Here are some thoughts from that column.  

“Eighteen months ago, I wrote about a remarkable young man who I have known since his birth.  Specialist Daniel Calvin Dobson of Grand Rapids, Mich., joined the National Guard with the intention of going to Iraq.  He served and he came home.  Next week, he leaves for a second tour.  He tells me the Army has a policy that anyone who has already served in Iraq is not required to go back should his unit be recalled.  Daniel volunteered to go back.

In e-mail to his friends, he asks three things: ‘First, do not lose hope in the face of negative reporting.  We are doing good work in Iraq and God is with us.  Second, pray for those of us who have chosen to serve our nation and the liberties espoused by our Constitution.   Third, I ask that you never take advantage of the liberties guaranteed by the shedding of free blood, never take for granted the freedoms granted by our Constitution.  For those liberties would be merely ink on paper were it not for the sacrifice of generations of Americans who heard the call of duty and responded heart, mind and soul with ‘Yes, I will.’’” (5/29/06, page A4)

“Find a veteran this Memorial Day and say, ‘Thank you for my freedom.’  (Pray to GOD every day and thank HIM for your freedom—my addition.)  Visit a military cemetery and thank God someone was willing to die so you and I might live in freedom.  And support those, like my friend Daniel Dobson, who for the second time is about to make an installment payment toward the price free people must pay in order that we might continue to enjoy liberty.” (5/29/06, page A4)

The above quote was the end of the article.  However, earlier in the column he had this quote: “Chaplains prayed with the wounded and for the dead.  If the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union—my addition) objects, someone should tell them to shut up.” (5/29/06, page A4)  

At one time, I believe that the ACLU was actually concerned about correctly adhering to the provisions of the United States Constitution.  Gradually over time, I believe the organization changed its concern from following the Constitution to promoting that which they desired to be Constitutional.  They discovered they could rewrite the Constitution by convincing the members of the Supreme Court that “the Court knows best” rather than “the Constitution knows best.”  Thus, the Court could reinterpret the Constitution to implement that which could not be implemented by state or congressional law.

For the last three years I have been a member of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).  It is an organization that works to promote Christian values through the court system—a counter weight to the ACLU.  The organization opposes the murder of unborn babies, the inhuman procedure of “partial birth abortions,” and the continuing attempts of the ACLU to build a “wall of separation of church and state” where none is required by the Constitution.

Recently, I received a letter from the ACLJ in relation to a court case in San Diego, California.  The following are excerpts from that letter.          

“After a 17-year legal battle between the City of San Diego and a self-described atheist, a judge has order San Diego officials to remove a giant cross from a hilltop park or start paying $5,000 a day in fines.  Defying the order is something cash-strapped San Diego cannot afford.  Still, Mayor Jerry Sanders said he would ask the city attorney to appeal.

U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson, Jr., gave the city 90 days to comply with a 1991 injunction forbidding the cross on public property.  The 29-foot-high cross was dedicated as a memorial to veterans in 1954 on a hill that overlooks seaside La Jolla.

The city has tried to sell the half-acre beneath the cross to a non-profit association that maintains the surrounding memorial walls.  But federal judges have repeatedly blocked the sale, saying the transactions were designed to favor a buyer who would keep the cross in place.”

“This cross…marks a memorial to fallen soldiers, heroes who deserve to be honored and respected.  And a recent survey says 76% of the city’s residents want the cross to stay!” [A survey that you are not likely to see printed or spoken of in the news media—my addition] (American Center for Law and Justice, letter dated May 22, 2006, page 1 and 3)      

Answer these questions.  Do you believe the veterans who have fought and/or died in past wars sacrificed so that a handful of judges, an atheist, and the ACLU could force their will upon the American people?  Do you believe the individuals in the military today are sacrificing so that a handful of judges, an atheist, and the ACLU can force their will upon the American people?  If the ACLU, these self-important judges, and this atheist are ultimately successful in this case, will they then attempt to remove all crosses in every public cemetery in America tomorrow?

Crosses have been used in public cemeteries in the United States since before the adoption of the United States Constitution and the addition of the first ten Amendments.  Why did not judges earlier in our history rule that these crosses were unconstitutional?  Are our present day judges more in tune with the Constitution?  Are our present day judges rewriting the Constitution by judicial fiat?  Why are we allowing Courtocracy in our democracy?


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