US Constitution Series 4: Church, State, and Religion in American Life

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The Founders’ Basic Principles: 28 Great Ideas that changed the world

From The 5,000 Year Leap—A Miracle that Changed the World

By W. Cleon Skousen

US Constitution Series 4: Church, State, and Religion in American Life

Principle #4

christianchurchWithout religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.

Many Americans fail to realize that the Founders felt the role of religion would be as important in our own day as it was in theirs. In 1787, the very year the Constitution was written and approved by Congress, that same Congress passed the famous Northwest Ordinance. In it they emphasized the essential need to teach religion and morality in the schools. (Skousen, p. 75)

In it, they stated that formal education was to include among its responsibilities the teaching of three important subjects:

1. Religion, which might be defined as a “fundamental system of beliefs concerning man’s origin and relationship to the cosmic universe as well as his relationship with his fellowmen.”

2. Morality, which may be described as “a standard of behavior distinguishing right from wrong.”

3. Knowledge, which is “an intellectual awareness and understanding of established facts relating to any field of human experience or inquiry (i.e., history, geography, science, etc.).”

How to Teach your family about Church and State

George Washington

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion …Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle.

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, relgion and morality are indispensable supports …Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?”

Washington issued this solemn warning because in Franc, shortly before he wrote his Farewell Address (1796), the promoters of atheism and amorality had seized control and turned the French Revolution into a shocking blood bath of wild excesses and violence. Washington obviously never wanted anything like that to happen in the United States. Therefore he had said: “In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness [religion and morality].” (Skousen, p.79)

225px-BenFranklin2Benjamin Franklin

Here is my creed: I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That he governs it by his providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other  children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion.

The “Fundamental Points” to Be Taught in the Schools

The five points of fundamental religious belief expressed or implied in Franklin’s statement are these:

1. There exists a Creator who made all things, and mankind should recognize and worship Him.

2. The Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living shich distinguishes right from wrong.

3. The Creator holds mankind responsible for the way they treat each other.

4. All mankind live beyond this life.

5. In the next life mankind are judged for their conduct in this one.

All five of these tenets run through practically all of the Founders’ writings. These are the beliefs which the Founders sometimes referred to as the “religion of America,” and they felt these fundamentals were so important in providing “good government and the happiness of mankind” that they wanted them taught in the public schools along with morality and knowledge. (Skousen, p.78)

In fact, the Founders had taken the five truths we have already identified as ”religion” and had built the whole Constitutional framework on top of them. (Skousen, p.92)

Thomas_Jefferson_by_Rembrandt_Peale,_1800Thomas Jefferson

Special provision has been made by one of the amendments to the Constitution, which expressly declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”, thereby guarding in the same sentence, and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press, insomuch that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others; and that libels, falsehood, and defamation, equally with heresy and false religions, are withheld from the cognizance of federal tribunals.

The Federal “Wall” Between Church and State

In a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association dated January 1, 1802, [Jefferson] explained his position and said the Constitution had created “a wall of separation between church and state.”

In recent years the Supreme Court has undertaken to use this metaphor as an excuse for meddling in the religious issues arising within the various states. It has not only presumed to take jurisdiction in these disputes, but has actually forced the states to take the same hands-off position toward religious matters even thought his restriction originally applied only to the federal government.

justice gavelNOTE: In its 1963 ruling, the Supreme Court in actuality did not take a hands-off position. Instead, it established atheism as the national religion. (Atheism, as a system of beliefs, qualifies as a religion.) Today, the preferred religion in schools is Islam, while Christianity continues to be banned, even persecuted. The Supreme Court violated the clause in the US Constitution which forbids the federal government from both “establishing” religion and “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Because of this national decree by the Supreme Court, the states are failing to protect religious freedom on the state level. Hence, the rampant atheist and Islamic indoctrination in the state schools. ~C.A. Davidson

This obvious distortion of the original intent of Jefferson (when he used the metaphor of a “wall” separating church and state) becomes entirely apparent when the statements and actions of Jefferson are examined in their historical context. (Skousen, p.89-90)

Jefferson and Madison were anxious that the states intervene in religious matters so as to provide for equality among all religions, and that all churches or religions assigned preferential treatment should be disestablished from such preferment. They further joined with the other Founders in expressing an anxiety that ALL religions be encouraged in order to promote the moral fiber and religious tone of the people. This, of course, would be impossible if there were an impenetrable “wall” between church and state on the state level.

Jefferson’s “wall” was obviously intended only for the federal government, and the Supreme Court application of this metaphor to the states has come under severe criticism. (Dallin Oaks, ed., The Wall Between Church and State, 1963, 99.2-3)

Alexis de Tocqueville

He emphasized the fact that this religious undergirding of the political structure was a common denominator of moral teachings in different denominations and not the political pressure of some national church hierarchy.

                De Tocqueville Describes the Role of Religion in the Schools

De Tocqueville found that the schools, especially in New England, incorporated the basic tenets of religion right along with history and political science in order to prepare the student for adult life.

                De Tocqueville Describes the Role of the American Clergy

After noting that all the clergy seemed anxious to maintain “separation of church and state,” he nevertheless observed that collectively they had a great influence on the morals and customs of public life.

In America, he noted, the clergy remained politically separated from the government but nevertheless provided a moral stability among the people which permitted the government to prosper. In other words, there was separation of church and state but no separation of state and religion. (Skousen, p. 82-83)

Why the Founders Wanted the Federal Government Excluded from All Problems Relating to Religion and Churches

The Supreme Court has stated on numerous occasions that to most people freedom of religion is the most precious of all the unalienable rights next to life itself. When the United States was founded, there were many Americans who were not enjoying freedom of religion to the fullest possible extent. At least seven of the states had officially established religions or denominations at the time the Constitution was adopted.

Under these circumstances the Founders felt it would have been catastrophic …if the federal government had tried to establish a national policy on religion or disestablish the denominations which the states had adopted. Nevertheless, the Founders who were examining this problem were anxious to eventually see complete freedom of all faiths and an equality of all relations, both Christian and non-Christian. (Skousen, p.86)

Read more about Church, State, and the Court Decision to Ban the Bible

Principle 3: Virtuous and Moral Leaders

Principle 5: The Role of the Creator

 

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State Governments defend Land, Liberty vs. Barack Obama Executive Action

Moral Repair update—

State Governors are taking action that Congress won’t

keyThe way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

1. Multi-state coalition sues over Barack Obama immigration executive action

AUSTIN, Texas (December 4, 2014) – Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama’s recently announced executive actions on immigration, arguing in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the move tramples key portions of the U.S. Constitution.

AP

bordersheriffMany top Republicans have denounced Obama’s order, which was designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation. But Texas Gov.-elect and current Attorney General Greg Abbott took it a step further, filing a formal legal challenge in federal court in the Southern District of Texas.

His state is joined by 16 other mostly conservative ones, largely in the south and Midwest, such as Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana and the Carolinas. They aren’t seeking monetary damages, but instead want the courts to block Obama’s actions.
While Abbott had pledged for weeks that his state would sue, the span of the coalition Texas put together surprised both proponents and opponents of the executive order.

Announced Nov. 20, Obama’s order extends protection from deportation and the right to work to an estimated 4.1 million parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have lived in the country for at least five years and to hundreds of thousands more young people.

The lawsuit raises two major objections: that Obama violated the “Take Care Clause” of the U.S. Constitution — which Abbott said limits the scope of presidential power — and that the order will “exacerbate the humanitarian crisis along the southern border, which will affect increased state investment in law enforcement, health care and education.”

“We joined this lawsuit to stand up once again with other state attorneys general and governors against an out-of-control executive branch,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a statement.

flag1Here are the 17 States—Write a letter to your Governor and thank them for fighting for your liberty!

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STATE OF ALABAMA; )

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STATE OF IDAHO; )

STATE OF INDIANA; )

STATE OF KANSAS; )

STATE OF LOUISIANA; )

STATE OF MONTANA; )

STATE OF NEBRASKA; )

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA; )

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA; )

STATE OF UTAH; )

STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA; )

STATE OF WISCONSIN; )

GOVERNOR PHIL BRYANT, State of Mississippi; )

GOVERNOR PAUL R. LEPAGE, State of Maine; )

GOVERNOR PATRICK L. MCCRORY, State of North )

Carolina; and )

GOVERNOR C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER, State of Idaho, )

http://onenewsnow.com/ap/politics/multistate-coalition-sues-over-immigration-order#.VIDnE8n4Hkc

 

2. Utah to Seize Own Land from Government, Challenge Federal Dominance of Western States

Time to put the federal government in their place.

Utah-300x204In three weeks, Utah intends to seize control of 31.2 million acres of its own land now under the control of the federal government. At least, that’s the plan.

In an unprecedented challenge to federal dominance of Western state lands, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in 2012 signed the “Transfer of Public Lands Act,” which demands that Washington relinquish its hold on the land, which represents more than half of the state’s 54.3 million acres, by Dec. 31.

So far, however, the federal government hasn’t given any indication that it plans to cooperate. Still, state Rep. Ken Ivory, who sponsored the legislation, isn’t deterred.

“That’s what you do any time you’re negotiating with a partner. You set a date,” said Mr. Ivory. “Unfortunately, our federal partner has decided they don’t want to negotiate in good faith. So we’ll move forward with the four-step plan that the governor laid out.”

In other words, there won’t be any escorting of federal officials by state troopers to the eastern border. Instead, he said, state officials will proceed with a program of education, negotiation, legislation and litigation.
Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2014/12/utah-seize-land-government-challenge-federal-dominance-western-states/

 

3. Barron’s: North Dakota Ranks Best in Debt Quality as Illinois Struggles

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 11:01 AM

By Rob Williams
moneyfreemarketNorth Dakota, Wyoming and Utah rank as the best states for investors who want secure municipal bond holdings, while Illinois and New Jersey are two of the worst.

Those states represent the broad range of investments among the $518 billion of state-supported debt that is “probably the best slice of the $3.7 trillion municipal-bond market,” according to a report in Barron’s this week.

“U.S. states represent one of the most secure areas of the global bond market, typically benefiting from low debt levels relative to the size of their economies, and the ability to cut spending and raise taxes during tough times,” the newspaper said.

North Dakota has a solid credit rating with high economic growth, a large cash pile and the lowest unemployment rate in the country, 2.7 percent, because of the energy boom.

Utah has a low jobless rate, little debt and the second-highest median household income, adjusted for the cost of living, behind Virginia. Wyoming’s economy is healthy while its cash pile is large enough to support its budget for four years, even as the state has no income tax.
Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.Newsmax.com/Finance/municipal-debt-bond-Moodys/2014/11/25/id/609491/#ixzz3KyQR6yVA

4. Your Action Can Help Solve the Conservative Leadership Problem

John Biver

economicfreedommoneyA good friend of mine said something the other day that struck me because I have not heard anyone else say it so simply: “We have a leadership crisis.”

It’s not a lack of leadership — it’s a lack of leadership for the right cause.

We know there are plenty of people championing the fundamental transformation of America — in fact, the guy in the Oval Office is all about that.

We know there are plenty of Republicans and Democrats that work hard to get elected and reelected, but not much else.

And we know there are plenty of people filling the media, educational, and cultural airwaves with left-wing propaganda aimed at convincing people that the direction we’re headed in is the right one.

The void exists when it comes to leadership that seeks to re-establish limited and Constitutional government — including the protection of our God-given rights like freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Despair is rampant in conservative circles because of what we’ve witnessed from our elected Republicans at all levels for the past twenty years. Nevertheless there is plenty of good news to be found.

First, the antidote for pessimism is purposeful action.

Second, leadership doesn’t start in Congress, or the White House, or in any elected office for that matter. Leadership starts with those individuals that engage the process.

Third, there’s more of us than you think — I’ve called it an idle army — and in Illinois a call to action is being sounded by the Land of Reagan project. Its purpose is to create a network of citizens willing to help organize in advance of the 2016 presidential primaries.

Ronald-Reagan-APEffective voter contact is the key to winning elections, and we can’t wait for the party or the politicians to get the job done. The Land of Reagan project seeks to work with team leaders around that state that support the Republican candidates for president. Few people pay attention to the delegate process during the primary season, making those races an untapped resource for inviting motivated people into the arena.

It’s all about getting a lot more information to American voters. In order for conservative policy solutions to win enough public support, conservatives will have to be involved in political action in greater numbers than ever before.

Land of Reagan invites you to take their straw poll and keep in touch via email. The political left never stops working — and the political right must not either.

Even if you were happy with the last two Republican presidential nominees, you couldn’t have been happy with the campaigns they ran. Visit LandOfReagan.com and join in the work to elect another Reagan.
Read more at http://barbwire.com/2014/12/04/0700-action-can-help-solve-conservative-leadership-problem/

 

Heritage: Can Congress Use Spending Bills to Address President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration?

State Liberty vs. Government Agenda

Oklahoma state stands independent while so many other states bow to liberal government agenda

keyOklahoma is the only state that Obama did  not win even one county in the
last election…  While everyone is focusing on Arizona’s new law, look
what Oklahoma has been doing!!!

THIS IS REALLY  INTERESTING, AND TRUE ….


An update from Oklahoma :


10commandmentsOklahoma law passed, 37 to 9 an amendment to place the Ten Commandments
on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with
the ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state,
based on Christian values… HB 1330

Guess  what… Oklahoma did it anyway.


Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal
immigrants and ship them back to where they came from unless they want to
get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered. HB1804. This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the ACLU,
they said it would be a mistake.


Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.


Recently we passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all
illegal’s to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes.
Pelosi said it was unconstitutional SB1102

Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.


flag2Several weeks ago, we passed a law, declaring  Oklahoma as a Sovereign
state, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining, Texas, Montana
and Utah as the only states to do so.


More states  are likely to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia,
Carolinas,  Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi and Florida .
Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once
again. HJR 1003


The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns.
Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have the
right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I’m sure that was
a setback for the criminals  The Liberals didn’t like it — But….

Guess  what… Oklahoma did it anyway.


english-speakJust this month, the state has voted and passed a law that ALL drivers’
license exams will be printed in English and only English and no other
language. They have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that
ALL of the road signs are in English only. If you want to drive in
Oklahoma, you must read and write English. Really simple.


By the way, the Liberals don’t like any of this either


Guess what… who cares… Oklahoma is doing it anyway.

State Government: Character, Tax, and Wisconsin

Dinner Topics for Monday

keyWisconsin Governor Scott Walker shows how to conduct the government of his state with good character. It’s called integrity. It results in liberty, prosperity, and peace. And it should be an inspiration to us all.

Scott Walker’s Blueprint for America’s Renewal

Rush Limbaugh

newspaperRUSH: The New York Times.  What is this, a tiny little paragraph?  One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 lines.  National Briefing, Midwest.  It’s page A14 of the New York Times today.  Here’s the headline:  “Wisconsin: Assembly Passes Governor’s Tax-Cut Plan — The Wisconsin Assembly has passed Gov. Scott Walker’s $504 million tax-cut plan. The chamber approved the bill on Tuesday by a vote of 61 to 35.” It wasn’t even close.

“The Senate passed it earlier this month. Assembly approval sends the bill on to Mr. Walker for his signature. The governor wants to use a portion of the state’s projected $977 million surplus to pay for cuts in property and income taxes.”

The solution to this country’s problems gets 10 lines in the New York Times.  I’m amazed they even ran the story, but it gets 10 lines.  I think this is one of the biggest and most under-commented on, including in conservative media, stories this year.  This is simply huge, what Governor Walker has done.

No matter how you look at this, A, let’s look at Wisconsin. One of the bluest of blue states. One of the bluest of the blue universities. One of the headquarter states for malcontent state unions. One of the headquarter states for malcontent Democrat Party union activism.  They did everything they could not just to destroy Walker’s political career; they tried to destroy his reputation and his political life.  They attempted to recall him a couple of times.  The Democrats in the Senate walked out. 

WalkerHe persevered.  He overcame.  He dominated, and he won.  And in the bluest of blue states unemployment is around 3.5%.  The schools have been reformed and so the unions do not control every aspect of it now.  There is a surplus of nearly a billion dollars in this economy.  There’s no oil fracking going on there like there is next door in the Dakotas.  There is a near $1 billion surplus and he’s returning half of that to the residents of the state in the form of a property tax cut and income tax cut, and it rates 10 lines in the New York Times. 

Elsewhere across the country we have economic decay, frustration, unemployment, no job prospects, certainly no career prospects

We’ve got the answer in practical and real political terms and real-life experience — and particularly for the Republican Party, the blueprint for how to win elections and the blueprint for how to govern after you win elections, the blueprint for economic revival, the blueprint for employment revival, the blueprint for budgetary solvency.  It’s amazing!  It is a huge story. 

I interviewed Governor Walker for the Limbaugh Letter two issues ago, maybe the current issue. The upcoming interview, by the way, Bill Donohue, the Catholic League, and that is also fascinating. You’ve got to read that.  You’ve got to read the upcoming issue of the Limbaugh Letter with Bill Donohue, the Catholic League.  But this interview with Scott Walker in the preceding issue is just indescribably good.  I just ask a couple questions and get out of the way.

The Democrats are living in mortal fear that this is gonna be discovered.  The Democrats are living in mortal fear that this is gonna be uncovered, discovered, massively, widely reported.  They’re living in mortal fear that the Republicans are gonna get their butts in gear and learn from this and try to replicate it.  So far there’s no sign of that.  This is Paul Ryan’s state as well, and there are presidential rumblings for him.  There are also presidential rumblings for Walker.  I have no feeling on that.  But, man, I was surprised to see this story in the New York Times.  Just 10 lines as printed, and every important detail is there. 

“Walker introduced a bill in January that would send $406 million to technical colleges to reduce their property tax hit and cut income taxes by $98 million by reducing the lowest bracket to 4% from 4.4%.”

So the poor are getting a tax cut.  Everybody is, actually, ’cause property taxes are being cut.  “The end result would be a $131 reduction in a median homes tax bill this December and $46 in annual income tax savings for the average worker.”  I look at this, and I wonder why conservative media is not glomming onto this, and why the Republican Party isn’t. But it’s worth paying a lot of attention to. 

By the way, Walker? When you listen to him talk, when you listen him campaign, he doesn’t sound like any of these other Republican governors who wants to cross the aisle and work together and have bipartisanship. The Democrats didn’t offer him any of that.  The Democrats offered no cooperation whatsoever.  All they offered was personal destruction.  They threatened; they intimidated.

They threatened harm against his family, these union people did, and he persevered.  One of the reasons that so few people know about it is that he’s not out beating his chest over all of this and trying to get people to look at him and then say, “Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!” He’s just going about his business.  I just want to take the occasion to congratulate him and to thank him again, by the way.  Now, on the other side of this, what’s the alternative? 

The alternative is what we’ve got going right now.  The alternative is the Russians rebuilding the Soviet Union under Vladimir Putin, while Obama fills in his brackets for March Madness. 

Obama Health Insurance vs. a State Bill with Character

SC Bill Would Nullify Obamacare, Could Be Model for Others

By Cathy Burke

obamadoctorA bill set for fast-track passage in the South Carolina Senate would effectively nullify Obamacare in that state – and could become a model for other states fed up with the president’s signature healthcare law.

House Bill 3101 passed the state House of Representatives in April and now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate with special-order priority, the Daily Caller reported Monday.

If the bill becomes law, South Carolina will be the first state to exempt citizens and businesses from all participation in the Affordable Care Act, the Daily Caller reported.

The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Tom Davis, recently wrapped up study committee hearings in cities around the state, and says the proposed legislation would render Obamacare void or inoperable through a handful of provisions.

“It will essentially have five components to it, all of which, in my judgment, are legal, effective, and within the state’s power to do,” the Republican from Beaufort told the Daily Caller.

The bill’s main component prohibits agencies, officers and employees of the state from implementing any provisions of the Affordable Care Act, leaving implementation entirely in the hands of the federal government, which, Davis contends, lacks the resources or personnel to carry out the programs it mandates.

“What the Supreme Court said in Printz v. United States is that states are not merely political subdivisions of the federal government, to carry out what the federal government does; they are sovereign entities,” Davis told the Daily Caller.

RushRepealObamacare“Congress can pass laws, but it cannot compel the states to utilize either their treasury or personnel to implement those federal laws.”

Additional provisions of the bill would outlaw state exchanges, issuing tax deductions to persons equal to the tax penalties levied by the federal government, and directing the state attorney general to sue over whimsical enforcement of the law.

Taken together, the Daily Caller reported, the provisions would effectively repeal the federal law for the people of South Carolina.

jeffersontyrannygovGiven the majority of Republicans in the South Carolina Senate — along with moderate Democrats who may support the bill out of fear of voter wrath — the proposed legislation is likely to pass in short order and be signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley, who has led South Carolina’s resistance to Obamacare.

Meanwhile, political forces on the left and right are gathering for battle, including local tea party groups mobilizing support – and opponents who have called supportive lawmakers racists and questioned the authority of states to oppose federal laws, the Daily Caller reported.

“God said the poor will always be with us. Not everyone can be helped,” Sue Burbach, of the South Carolina Progressive Network, said at a public hearing in Columbia, S.C., last month, The State reported.
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Dinner Topics Newsletter: Thanks to God

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Thanks to God

 

Breaking—

sarah-palin-million-vet-march-600Obamacare Updates: Washington continues to turn a deaf ear to the people, despite inspiring, courageous efforts of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Except for those two heroes, the rest of Washington is failing us miserably. It’s up to us. If you don’t receive a tax refund, the government can’t fine you.   Remember, 85% of the American people do not want Obamacare. Read more Obamacare updates, including effect on marriage

Christian Parents and Homeschoolers are under attack from Europe and our own nation. Please strengthen and safeguard your family by teaching them traditional values in your home.

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As time goes on, and our traditional values become increasingly at risk, I look forward to working with you to restore Judeo-Christian values for our families and our posterity. Our theme for November is Thanks to God.

NOTE: Every day government schools are giving us more and more reasons to teach our children at home—either find a good private school or take the plunge and home school. There are many support groups nationwide and a variety of curricula to tailor to your needs. Begin now to prepare and plan. Don’t wait till the task of undoing the secular influences becomes impossible. You can do it; you need not feel alone. God will help you protect your children from the increasing evils of the world.

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Gratitude

pilgrimprayingIf you look to God during trials, the process distills in you a deeper sense of gratitude—being grateful for small things and not taking everything for granted. As you become more grateful, you cultivate a deeper reverence for life, and for the Giver of all blessings. Count your blessings, not your challenges.

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The Dinner Topic Theme for November is Thanks to God

Defining Moments

“Defining Moments” is a monthly feature. Kind of a fancy name for a glossary. When I was growing up, we had a huge dictionary on a tall, narrow, rolling table. Whenever we asked the meaning of a word, we were told to “look it up.” We still do that. You’d be surprised at some of the interesting things you find in the dictionary, especially the 1828 American Dictionary. Now, with all the twists and spins that politicians and the media do to common words, it’s valuable to go back to the original meaning. It can make for interesting conversation, too.

This month the Defining Moment is “Defining Church and State.” Where do you draw the line? This topic is expertly covered by David Barton in his book on the separation of Church and State.

More Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Self-Discipline

Famous Birthdays: Karl von Dittersdorf, Peter Tchaikovsky, Ignacy Paderewski, Joaquin Rodrigo, C.S. Lewis, Charles Schultz

Other Articles

 

Principles of Liberty from the 5,000 Year Leap (a series): Part 4—The Role of Religion

Parable: Daily Bread

Education: CORE—the new, politically correct education

History: George Washington Thanksgiving Proclamation

Middle East: Obama redistributes stolen Jewish artifacts

Culture: Gratitude Journal, blessings of tithing, California and the 10 Commandments, heritage

And as always—current events, updates, and analysis

Priority

 teachingfamiaboutchristNew Priority: Be on guard against indoctrination in the schools. It’s hard to control national and even state politics. However, we can still do what is best for our children. It is going to become increasingly difficult to counteract the insidious influences pervading our society. Indoctrination is becoming increasingly blatant. If it is not possible for you to home school, try to teach your children Judeo-Christian values at home. The easiest way to do this is to tell stories and discuss principles at the family dinner table. I hope these dinner topics help you with this vital effort. Just don’t give up! Our precious children are worth fighting for.

Ongoing

1. Obamacare Updates: Washington continues to turn a deaf ear to the people, despite inspiring, courageous efforts of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Except for those two heroes, the rest of Washington is failing us miserably. It’s up to us. If you don’t receive a tax refund, the government can’t fine you.   Remember, 85% of the American people do not want Obamacare. Read more Obamacare updates, including effect on marriage

2. Study the U.S. Constitution! It is the last remaining safeguard of our precious freedoms!

3. The Supreme Court did rule that the states cannot be forced to implement Obamacare on a state level

Another continuing threat is to our 2nd amendment. Now, I am not a zealous hunter or gun owner. But I am concerned about the safety of myself and my family on two counts:

1. I don’t want to be a victim of crime.

2. I don’t want my liberties taken away from me.

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U.S. Constitution, President Obama, Obamacare, and your State

Action Big Alert How to Protect your State from Obamacare By voting with the tyrannical Obama administration, Congress is depriving us of our representation. It is time for us as citizens to act by writing to our state governments. This … Continue reading

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Action Big Alert: Last Chance for Liberty?

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Found this in a comment on the net. It’s worth a try. Allice Hallock One more time, Please God will someone listen. Obama is not the new president yet…. The Constitution says that he won’t be until mid december when … Continue reading