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“OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including Satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument outside the Statehouse.
The Republican-controlled Legislature in this state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt authorized the privately funded Ten Commandments monument in 2009, and it was placed on the Capitol grounds last year despite criticism from legal experts who questioned its constitutionality. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking its removal.
But the New York-based Satanic Temple saw an opportunity. It notified the state’s Capitol Preservation Commission that it wants to donate a monument and plans to submit one of several possible designs this month, said Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the temple.”
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/08/satanists-oklahoma-statehouse/3908849/?news
Many would classify this issue as a matter of separation of church and state. Yet, separation of church and state was never intended to mean that “church” or religion should be void from the government. It was created to keep the government from regulating, restricting, or interfering with religious expression. There are countless examples of the faith and Christian religion principles practice and espoused by the Founding Fathers and many of America’s early presidents. The issue at hand is whether or not the government should express a connection to a specific religion, because our leaders and most Americans have forgotten what principles America was founded upon. For example, the supreme Court declared four separate times that American is a Christian Nation. See here: http://firstprinciplespress.org/…/four-u-s-supreme…/
If the Ten Commandments proceeds to be an issue of religious connection, then why not simply say that it was copied from a page of the Congressional Record, which is a historical American government document.
“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” -H.U. Westermayer
On November 1, 1777, as recorded in the Journals of Congress, Richard Henry Lee along with the committee of Samuel Adams and General Daniel Roberdeau, recommend a resolution setting apart:
Thursday , the 18th of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with sincere acknowledgements and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, where by they had forfeited ever favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance.
“Perhaps no custom reveals our character as a Nation so clearly as our celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Rooted deeply in our Judeo-Christian heritage, the practice of offering thanksgiving underscores our unshakable belief in God as the foundation of our Nation and our firm reliance upon Him from Whom all blessings flow.” – President Ronald Reagan, Thanksgiving Day, 1986
“Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.” ― Elias Boudinot