This is not a sermon, not a speech, not a lecture.
I am not a minister, priest, chaplain or rabbi. I only have a compulsion to put something in print to try, in some way, for just an ordinary aging World War II veteran with not a whole lot of years left, to speak to America about our Judeo-Christian heritage and what is happening to it.
If you are interested, please read on.
If not, you will save about 15 minutes of your time by moving on to something else.
Our nation will forever morn the loss of the children and adults whose lives were cut short by the senseless act that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
This writing does not pretend to have an explanation or a solution to that terrible atrocity, or any other of the senseless attacks on our nation’s schools in recent years.
Some would ask, “Where was God when that terrible assault on small children was taking place?” Oh, that I could only answer that question.
When I heard that question, my first thought was that our Supreme Court system locked God out of our schools 65 years ago by ruling against American history and Christian religious principles and faith.
This decision was called Everson vs. Board of Education. This was handed to the Supreme Court by the ACLU. In a 5-4 vote, one man threw out nearly 200 years of American Christian and religious principles and faith. In that decision, the very liberal Justice Hugo Black quoted the phrase, “There should be a wall of separation between church and state.”
When did all this happen? It was in 1947, just after 16 million of us came back home from the Second World War. We fought a war that had placed everything America stood for in jeopardy. Those millions of American military, with 26 allied nations, shed blood in every country and Pacific island, where the tentacles of evil had reached — Germany, Italy and Japan.
More than 550,000 of our military paid the ultimate price of war in that conflict and were buried in almost every country where the fighting took place, or are spending eternity in a watery grave.
We were fighting for the preservation of America’s religious principles, for the American flag, that silent sentinel of freedom, and the inalienable gift from our maker, from God, the gift of freedom and individual rights, including those of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That Everson decision, handed down by the Supreme Court, started a landslide of restrictions and ushered in this un-Godly immorality that we see today.
What you have read thus far is only a background of information. Now let’s talk about the total negative effect that imaginary “wall of separation” has had on America, words that do not appear in our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, amendments or articles.
Winston Churchill once said “An untruth or outright lie will travel the world while the truth is still home putting on his boots.”
•Ten Commandments have been removed from any place in our schools
•School prayer in a fashion has been declared unconstitutional
•It is unconstitutional for any student to arrive early, forming a prayer group
John Quincy Adams stated, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was that it united in one indissoluble bond, the principles of Christianity and the principles of civil government.”
Now, who was it that asked the question, “Where was God when that heinous attack was taking place in Newton, Conn.?”
I don’t know. I am looking for an answer, too. I know the Supreme Court locked God out of our American schools in 1947. I am sorry if you have read this entire article looking for an answer. It may come to us all with God’s help through prayer and action.
My question is this … When and which generation will Americans, free Americans, take up the gauntlet and throw down the gauntlet to challenge this ungodly trend in our nation? Will we ever have the courage and conviction to overturn such rulings? — Marshall L. Harris, Elk River, former US Marine, Second Armored Amphibian Tank BN, Elk River