America: not of Judeo-Christian origin … really?

OK, you’re right. That was tongue-in-cheek. Try this quote from John Hancock:

John Hancock

” A Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, with a total abstinence from labor and recreation” in response to the beginning of the War for Independence – Proclamation on April 15, 1775 for May 11th.

In circumstances as dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that whilst every prudent measure should be taken to ward off the impending judgments, …at the same time all confidence must be withheld from the means we use; and reposed only on that God rules in the armies of Heaven, and without His whole blessing, the best human counsels are but foolishness…

Resolved; …Thursday the 11th of May…to humble themselves before God under the heavy judgments felt and feared, to confess the sins that have deserved them, to implore the Forgiveness of all our transgressions, and a spirit of repentance and reformation …and a Blessing on the … Union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights [for which hitherto we desire to thank Almighty God]…That the people of Great Britain and their rulers may have their eyes opened to discern the things that shall make for the peace of the nation…for the redress of America’s many grievances, the restoration of all her invaded liberties, and their security to the latest generations.

via Call 2 Fall.  (Accessed 4/8/2010)

Not only was John Hancock one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, but he was the FIRST (thus the saying “put your john hancock on the dotted line). Recall that as the notion of independence was being fostered, the British were threatening, indeed promising, to take their property and even their lives.  So to be the first person to sign was truly a heroic act of bravery.

Solve all the pathology in America today

There’s a really smart guy talking on the radio … and it’s not me.  No, really.  It’s Bill Bennett, and those who know me very well at all know that I think he really is … a really smart guy. And he talks on the radio on the Bill Bennett’s Morning in America radio show.  I get it on Sirius and subscribe so that I can download the podcasts since I can’t be available for the whole show.

Bennett was Secretary of Education under President Reagan and later “Drug Czar” as it was called.  He is a tremendous historian (love “America: the Last Best Hope” — the best American history you will ever read), and a keen observer of American life today.  He said something on Feb 4 that while obvious to most, still bears repeating.  He was talking to a teacher from Montgomery, Texas who was bemoaning the 10 below-70 grades he had recently issued … and having had NO parent call.  The discussion turned to what’s wrong and Bill said “… give me better families, better schools, and more teaching in the churches and I’ll give you back 90% of the pathology in American life.”

I thought it was so good that I’ve excerpted the discussion. Hear it here:

State Board of Education — Revisionist History in Progress

An interesting piece from Liberty Counsel. (Note 1)  I saw a portion of the Mike Huckabee show last night and a LC spokesman was talking about this problem.  Pay attention:  The SBOE — which approves standard curriculum textbooks — is in the process of making changes that you should know about.  America has a rich past, indeed its beginning, founded on Judeo-Christian values and the continued assault from many sources to obliterate this history is both disturbing and fraudulent. That our own State Board of Education might be participating is a horrifying indictment of the “government school system.”  Awaken, silent majority, awaken to this threat and do something about it.

Some of the suggestions that have come forward at various times include:

* Removing references to Daniel Boone, General George Patton, Nathan Hale, Columbus Day, and Christmas.

* Including the cultural impact of hip hop music, ACLU lawyer Clarence Darrow, and the Hindu holiday of Diwali.

* Replacing the term “American” with “Global Citizen”– stating that students need to be shaped “for responsible citizenship in a global society” without any mention of citizenship in American society.

* Replacing expansionism and free enterprise with imperialism and capitalism.

The Board’s next meeting is in March and the final reading and adoption of the social studies guidelines will be in May.

Make your voice heard now, before the next meeting. Please call the board members at 512-463-9734 and encourage them to promote traditional, pro-American language in their guidelines, or you may email them at

via Liberty Counsel. ( accessed on 2/8/2010)

The ability of the Texas SBOE to, essentially, set the social studies/history textbooks for the nation is a huge issue this year.  As was pointed out on the Liberty Counsel site,

As Texas is a leader in textbooks, most other states purchase the same educational materials. The textbook controversy in Texas affects every American because, to have a bright future, we must know our past. America has a rich past founded on Judeo-Christian values and to forget them, or worse, to distort them, will doom our future. Those who want to reshape America begin by rewriting our past. We repeat the mistakes of the past when we are ignorant of them.

You can see the members of the SBOE on their site.

I am looking for the resources to see the actual process and the specific current proposals … if anyone has links, let me know.


(1) Liberty Counsel’s “About” page states

Liberty Counsel is a nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the family. Established in 1989, Liberty Counsel is a nationwide organization with offices in Florida, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and hundreds of affiliate attorneys across the Nation.

To Those of Us Born 1930 – 1979

This is too true. If you were born in this time frame, or know anyone who was, you need to read this. It’s virile in the emails and already on a lot of blogs but I just HAD to preserve it. There’s a quote at the end which I’ve not vetted, but what is said here is just too true.

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME !!!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!!

At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don’tread anything else, please read what he said. Very well stated, Mr. Leno.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’tget tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no boosterseats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon.

We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.

We weren’t overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing…that’s why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.. No one was able to reach us all day, and, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no videogames, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internetand no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, yard sticks, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, share it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, andwith the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

Sources and influences of religion in modern law

As a Christian and a judge of 12 years and lawyer licensed since 1973 (gee, that sounds like a long time ago), it is no surprise that, as with many lawyers, I have an interest in the influence of religious principles and history on the law.  I was asked to talk in our adult forum at church tomorrow about religion and the law and put together a written piece to guide the discussion. Besides, everyone likes a party favor. The PDF of the document is in my shared files and you’re welcome to read it and I invite your comments here.

I briefly discuss what is undoubtedly the earliest recorded roots of our modern jurisprudence, the Code of Hammurabi — an early king of Babylonia. The Ten Commandments are briefly compared. There then follows an outline of some of the principles of our modern procedural rules that existed during the trials of Christ — all of which were broken in order to ensure his conviction and crucifixion.


Romney’s speech — it’ll be historical

Regardless of your opinion of Mitt Romney’s politics, his speech in bowing out of the 2008 presidential race is outstanding. All of America needs to sit up and pay attention.

The following is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s address to the Conservative Political Action Committee, Feb. 7, 2008:

“I want to begin by saying thank you. It’s great to be with you again. And
I look forward to joining with you many more times in the future.

Last year, CPAC gave me the sendoff I needed. I was in single digits in the
polls and I was facing household Republican names. As of today, more
than 4 million people have given me their vote for president, less than
Senator McCain’s 4.7 million, but quite a statement nonetheless. 11
states have given me their nod, compared to his 13. Of course, because
size does matter, he’s doing quite a bit better with his number of

To all of you, thank you for caring enough about
the future of America to show up, stand up and speak up for
conservative principles.

As I said to you last year, conservative principles are needed now more than ever. We face a new generation of challenges, challenges which threaten our prosperity, our
security and our future. I am convinced that unless America changes
course, we will become the France of the 21st century—still a great
nation, but no longer the leader of the world, no longer the
superpower. And to me, that is unthinkable. Simon Peres, in a visit to
Boston, was asked what he thought about the war in Iraq. “First,” he
said, “I must put something in context. America is unique in the
history of the world. In the history of the world, whenever there has
been conflict, the nation that wins takes land from the nation that
loses. One nation in history, and this during the last century, laid
down hundreds of thousands of lives and took no land. No land from
Germany, no land from Japan, no land from Korea. America is unique in
the sacrifice it has made for liberty, for itself and for freedom
loving people around the world.” The best ally peace has ever known,
and will ever know, is a strong America!

And that is why we must rise to the occasion, as we have always done before, to confront
the challenges ahead. Perhaps the most fundamental of these is the
attack on the American culture.

Over the years, my business has taken me to many countries. I have been struck by the enormous differences in the wealth and well-being of people of different
nations. I have read a number of scholarly explanations for the
disparities. I found the most convincing was that written by David
Landes, a professor emeritus from Harvard University. I presume he’s a
liberal–I guess that’s redundant. His work traces the coming and going
of great civilizations throughout history. After hundreds of pages of
analysis, he concludes with this:
If we learn anything from the history of economic development, it is that culture makes all the
difference. Culture makes all the difference.

What is it about American culture that has led us to become the most powerful
nation in the history of the world?
We believe in hard work and
education. We love opportunity: almost all of us are immigrants or
descendants of immigrants who came here for opportunity—opportunity is
in our DNA. Americans love God, and those who don’t have faith,
typically believe in something greater than themselves—a “Purpose
Driven Life.” And we sacrifice everything we have, even our lives, for
our families, our freedoms and our country. The values and beliefs of
the free American people are the source of our nation’s strength and
they always will be!

The threat to our culture comes from within
. The 1960’s welfare programs created a culture of poverty. Some think we won that battle when we reformed welfare, but the liberals
haven’t given up. At every turn, they try to substitute government
largesse for individual responsibility. They fight to strip work
requirements from welfare, to put more people on Medicaid, and to
remove more and more people from having to pay any income tax
whatsoever. Dependency is death to initiative, risk-taking and
opportunity. Dependency is a culture-killing drug—we have got to fight
it like the poison it is!

The attack on faith and religion is no less relentless. And tolerance for pornography—even celebration of it—and sexual promiscuity, combined with the twisted incentives of
government welfare programs have led to today’s grim realities: 68% of
African American children are born out-of-wedlock, 45% of Hispanic
children, and 25% of White children. How much harder it is for these
children to succeed in school—and in life. A nation built on the
principles of the founding fathers cannot long stand when its children
are raised without fathers in the home.

The development of a child is enhanced by having a mother and father. Such a family is the
ideal for the future of the child and for the strength of a nation. I
wonder how it is that unelected judges, like some in my state of
Massachusetts, are so unaware of this reality, so oblivious to the
millennia of recorded history. It is time for the people of America to
fortify marriage through constitutional amendment, so that liberal
judges cannot continue to attack it!

Europe is facing a demographic disaster. That is the inevitable product of weakened faith
in the Creator, failed families, disrespect for the sanctity of human
life and eroded morality. Some reason that culture is merely an
accessory to America’s vitality; we know that it is the source of our
strength. And we are not dissuaded by the snickers and knowing glances
when we stand up for family values, and morality, and culture. We will
always be honored to stand on principle and to stand for principle.

The attack on our culture is not our sole challenge. We face economic
competition unlike anything we have ever known before. China and Asia
are emerging from centuries of poverty. Their people are plentiful,
innovative, and ambitious. If we do not change course, Asia or China
will pass us by as the economic superpower, just as we passed England
and France during the last century. The prosperity and security of our
children and grandchildren depend on us.

Our prosperity and security also depend on finally acting to become energy secure. Oil
producing states like Russia and Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Iran are
siphoning over $400 billion per year from our economy—that’s almost
what we spend annually for defense. It is past time for us to invest in
energy technology, nuclear power, clean coal, liquid coal, renewable
sources and energy efficiency. America must never be held hostage by
the likes of Putin, Chavez, and Ahmendinejad.

And our economy is also burdened by the inexorable ramping of government
spending. Don’t focus on the pork alone—even though it is indeed
irritating and shameful. Look at the entitlements. `They make up 60% of
federal spending today. By the end of the next President’s second term,
they will total 70%. Any conservative plan for the future has to
include entitlement reform that solves the problem, not just
acknowledges it.

Most politicians don’t seem to understand the connection between our ability to compete and our national wealth, and the wealth of our families. They act as if money just happens–that
it’s just there. But every dollar represents a good or service produced
in the private sector. Depress the private sector and you depress the
well-being of Americans.

That’s exactly what happens with high taxes, over-regulation, tort windfalls, mandates, and overfed, over-spending government. Did you see that today, government workers
make more money than people who work in the private sector. Can you
imagine what happens to an economy where the best opportunities are for

It’s high time to lower taxes, including corporate taxes, to take a weed-whacker to government regulations, to reform entitlements, and to stand up to the increasingly voracious appetite of the unions in our government!

And finally, let’s consider the greatest challenge facing America—and facing the entire
civilized world: the threat of violent, radical Jihad. In one wing of
the world of Islam, there is a conviction that all governments should
be destroyed and replaced by a religious caliphate. These Jihadists
will battle any form of democracy—to them, democracy is blasphemous for
it says that citizens, not God shape the law. They find the idea of
human equality to be offensive. They hate everything we believe about
freedom just as we hate everything they believe about radical Jihad.

To battle this threat, we have sent the most courageous and brave soldiers
in the world. But their numbers have been depleted by the Clinton years
when troops were reduced by 500,000, when 80 ships were retired from
the Navy, and when our human intelligence was slashed by 25%. We were
told that we were getting a peace dividend. We got the dividend, but we
didn’t get the peace. In the face of evil in radical Jihad and given
the inevitable military ambitions of China, we must act to rebuild our
military might. Raise military spending to 4% of our GDP, purchase the
most modern armament, re-shape our fighting forces for the asymmetric
demands we now face, and give the veterans the care they deserve!

Soon, the face of liberalism in America will have a new name. Whether it is
Barack or Hillary, the result would be the same if they were to win the
Presidency. The opponents of American culture would push the throttle,
devising new justifications for judges to depart from the constitution.
Economic neophytes would layer heavier and heavier burdens on employers
and families, slowing our economy and opening the way for foreign
competition to further erode our lead.

Even though we face an uphill fight, I know that many in this room are fully behind my
campaign.” You are with me all the way to the convention. Fight on,
just like Ronald Reagan did in 1976. But there is an important
difference from 1976: today… we are a nation at war.

And Barack and Hillary have made their intentions clear regarding Iraq and
the war on terror. They would retreat and declare defeat. And the
consequence of that would be devastating. It would mean attacks on
America, launched from safe havens that make Afghanistan under the
Taliban look like child’s play. About this, I have no doubt.

I disagree with Senator McCain on a number of issues, as you know. But I
agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Iraq, on
finding and executing Osama bin Laden, and on eliminating Al Qaeda and
terror. If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I
would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more
likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of
war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender
to terror.

This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters… many of you right here in this room… have given a great deal to get me where I have a
shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on.
But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love
America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our

I will continue to stand for conservative
principles; I will fight alongside you for all the things we believe
in. And one of those things is that we cannot allow the next President
of the United States to retreat in the face evil extremism!!

It is the common task of each generation—and the burden of liberty—to
preserve this country, expand its freedoms and renew its spirit so that
its noble past is prologue to its glorious future.

To this task… accepting this burden… we are all dedicated, and I firmly
believe, by the providence of the Almighty, that we will succeed beyond
our fondest hope. America must remain, as it has always been, the hope
of the earth.

Thank you, and God bless America.”  (emphasis added)

Accessed on the internet 2/8/2008  at 

See video at

Ben Stein (and others) on our pushing God out –Where will we find Order?

Ben’s House – Stuff Ben Wrote Herewith at this happy time of year, a few confessions from my beating heart: I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important? I don’t know who Lindsay Lohan is, either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise’s wife.

Be sure you click the link and read the rest of it. If it doesn’t get you going then you “just don’t get it.” I hope if you are reading this, that you DO get it. And I’ll hope to see your comments below. If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine, let’s talk about it.

And Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, writes (from Regarding the Events of 9/11:
The September 13th Interview of Anne Graham Lotz by Jane Clayson on CBS’ Early Show
…  “Where Is God?”) ( accessed 3/1/2006)

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Jane Clayson: I’ve heard people say, those who are religious, those who are not, if God is good, how could God less this happen? To that, you say?

Anne Graham Lotz: I say God is also angry when he sees something like this.  I would say also for several years now Americans in a sense have shaken their fist at God and said, God, we want you out of our schools, our government, our business, we want you out of our marketplace. And God, who is a gentleman, has just quietly backed out of our national and political life, our public life. Removing his hand of blessing and protection. We need to turn to God first of all and say, God, we’re sorry we have treated you this way and we invite you now to come into our national life. We put our trust in you. We have our trust in God on our coins, we need to practice it.

* * * *

And then further on the site bearing the foregoing from Ms. Lotz, attributed to an unknown author, we find the following which pretty well sums up everything wrong in our society today:

In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.  Let’s see, I think it started when Madeline Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body was found recently) complained she didn’t want any prayer in our schools, and we said OK.Then, someone said you better not read the Bible in school… the Bible that says “thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal”, and “love your neighbor as yourself.” And we said, OK.

Then, Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr.  Spock’s son committed suicide) And we said, an expert should know what he’s talking about so we said OK.

Then, someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave.  And the school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don’t want any bad publicity, and we surely don’t want to be sued (there’s big difference between disciplining and touching, beating, smacking, humiliating, kicking, etc.) And we said, OK.

Then someone said, let’s let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won’t even have to tell their parents.  And we said, OK.

Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they’re going to do it anyway, let’s give our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all the “safe sex” that they desire, and we won’t have to tell their parents they got them at school.  And we said, OK.

Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn’t matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs.  And agreeing with them, we said it doesn’t matter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good.

And then someone said let’s print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body.  And we said, OK.

And then someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then stepped further still by making them available on the internet.  And we said OK, they’re entitled to their free speech.

And then the entertainment industry said, let’s make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex.  And let’s record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And we said it’s just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, and nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.

I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.”

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” -Galatians 6:7

“Dear God, Why didn’t you save the little girl killed in her
classroom?  ” Sincerely, Concerned Student…Could the reply be: “Dear Concerned Student, I am not allowed in schools.”  Sincerely, God.

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to Hell (literally).  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what God says in the Bible.

Funny how everyone wants to go to heaven, provided they do not have to believe, think, say, or do anything the Bible says.

Funny how someone can say “I believe in God” but still follow Satan who, by the way, also “believes” in God.

Funny how we are quick to judge, but not to be judged.

Funny how you can send a thousand ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how the lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but the public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Funny how someone can be so fired up for Christ on Sunday, but be an invisible Christian the rest of the week.

Funny how I can be more worried about what other people think of me than what God thinks of me.

It’s amazing to me that 86% (may be off a bit on the statistic) of Americans profess to believe in God and yet we can have pushed God so far out of our lives. Now there is a lot to be said for respecting the anti-establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution so that we experience neither the State church concept from jolly olde England nor the theocracy of Iran and that ilk, but hey, haven’t we gone too far?
Here, I think, is my bottom line on all of this. You can argue fine points of  constitutional law  on a lot of those issues, and in my day job I’m obliged to uphold our constitutions and laws — which I’ll do my duty and do — but we must have order in society.  We absolutely must regulate the way that people deal with one another.  From our basic humanity as hunter / clan dwellers where we lived in survival mode all the time and settled matters with a club have come a long way and can never go back. We have too many people and too many opportunities for conflict not to have order in society.
From Greece, to Rome, to Jerusalem, to London and finally Philadelphia, we have had order. And that order has come from “root” moral compasses, mostly based in Godly principles, and while one might debate whether that was an appropriate root of order, it was an effective one.   This country was founded as a nation under God and that has been the root of our order.
There is no doubt that we are steadily abandoning those roots and thus we come to this question:
if Order is important to civilized society, and if Order must have roots, and if God has provided the roots for American society, and if we abandon those roots, then from whence will Order in America come in the future?
Shall the roots of our Order come from free sex? Perhaps from pornography? Or perhaps the principle that each person should do only what is best for them in the moment? Or shall we establish Order out of drug-crazed states?
Show me a source of Order other than God that will do for America what has happened since 1776 and then we can talk.