Worldnetdaily owner Joseph Farah lives in some sort of alternate bizzaro world, an Orwellian place where up is down, black is white and forcing school children to recite government-composed prayers is an important part of “America’s Christian heritage of liberty.”
America began a marked departure from the ways of God during the 1960s.
Perhaps the most remarkable government decision came in two Supreme Court rulings that took prayer out of public schools. They weren’t decisions based on popular outcries. They were very much rulings based on the opinions of elite jurists out of touch with both America’s Christian heritage of liberty and its role in self-government and the popular will of the country.
Let’s review. The two cases he’s talking about were Engle v Vitale and Abington Township v Schempp. One involved the government requiring school children to recite the Lord’s Prayer every morning. The other involved forcing school children to recite a prayer that was composed by the government. Exactly how can any rational person argue that forcing school children to recite prayers is about protecting liberty? The answer is obvious: We are not dealing here with a rational person, we are dealing with a theocrat. When he refers to the “Christian heritage of liberty” he means our heritage of allowing Christians to destroy the liberty of others. Mr. Orwell, it turns out, was a bit of an optimist.
Instead of turning back, America is turning away from God – at hyper-speed.
The consequences are ominous.
Too many Americans have become convinced that we can, as a nation, have it both ways – denying God and still somehow hanging on to our liberty, prosperity and security. It just doesn’t work that way.
A quote from James Madison is very relevant here: “We have staked the whole future of the American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future … upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
He chose his words carefully, and they were accurate and to the point.
Oh yes, Madison did choose his words carefully. But not these words because he never said them, or anything remotely like them. This is yet another one of those quotes made popular by David Barton that is completely fake. Not that Farah cares, of course. Acknowledging and correcting that would require an honesty that I don’t believe he possesses. But to test it, I left a comment pointing out that it is fake and saying that will eagerly await his correction. Since I left that comment, six new comments have been released from moderation; mine has disappeared. What a surprise.
Update: I left a second comment on Monday morning and it was allowed out of moderation, but to this point there has been no change to the article. The fake quote is still there and there is no hint of even an acknowledgment of it, much less a correction. And since they moderate the comments, you know that at least someone at WND knows about it. Speaks volumes about their total lack of integrity and honesty. And it’s not the first time. I caught Ellis Washington doing that a couple times in his WND columns a couple years ago and notified him by email. He responded to my email, but did not care that his quotes were fake and did not issue a correction.