The gaping hole in the soul of America exposed itself again when Adam Lanza's shooting spree in Newton, Conn., brought inconsolable anguish to the nation. Knee-jerk reflex is to blame mental illness and ban guns. Missed is an insatiable national hunger for mature moral and spiritual clarity.
That gaping hole is the loss of belief and faith in God from whom our rights come. Secularists have bamboozled us into taking the Bible and moral teaching out of schools, Christ out of Christmas, resurrection out of Easter, the Ten Commandments out of federal buildings, patriotism out of Americanism, prayer out of public ceremonies and crosses out of national monuments. They've polluted America, calling evil good and good evil. When a 9/11 or Sandy Hook shakes us to our core, we momentarily revert to God and prayer — but only for a while.
In 2013, we need to remember that it's OK to exercise our First Amendment freedom of religious expression. It's OK for our money to say, “In God we trust” and for the Pledge of Allegiance to say, “One nation under God.” In his farewell address George Washington said, “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 in exclusion of religious principle.”
America needs to come home, home to the faith of our fathers.
C. Dale German, Bethany