With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas before us, we are once again reminded of the integrated ways our Creator has a role in our culture from the beginning. But will it stay that way?
As far back as the Declaration of Independence, our founders affirmed together, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
Now, 250 years later, however, some media caught how President Obama twice omitted the words “by their Creator” when reciting the Declaration in speeches over the past several weeks.
But I discovered actually seven presidential “Creator” omissions in just the past few months!
- On Oct. 21, 2010, at a rally for Sen. Murray in Seattle, Wash.:
“None of us would be here if it weren’t for that extraordinary leap of faith that had been taken. Thirteen colonies deciding to start a revolution based on an idea that had never been tried before – a government of and by and for the people. A government based on the simple proposition that all men are created equal. That we’re endowed with certain inalienable rights.”
- On Oct. 18, 2010, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in Rockville, Md.:
“It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire, and said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'”
- On Oct. 17, 2010 at a reception for Gov. Ted Strickland in Chagrin Fall, Ohio.:
“The idea of America has never been easy. The notion of 13 colonies coming together and overthrowing the greatest empire in the world, and then drafting a document that says, we find these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights – that’s hard.”
- On Sept. 22, 2010, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in New York, N.Y.:
“And what was sustaining us was that sense that – that North Star, that sense that, you know what, if we stay true to our values, if we believe that all people are created equal and everybody is endowed with certain inalienable rights and we’re going to make those words live, and we’re going to give everybody opportunity, everybody a ladder into the middle class,…”
- On Sept. 15, 2010, at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd annual awards gala in Washington, D.C.:
“But over the centuries, what eventually bound us together – what made us all Americans – was not a matter of blood, it wasn’t a matter of birth. It was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
- On Sept. 11, 2010, at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va.:
“For our cause is just. Our spirit is strong. Our resolve is unwavering. Like generations before us, let us come together today and all days to affirm certain inalienable rights, to affirm life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
- On Sept. 10, 2010, at the president’s press conference at the White House:
“With respect to the mosque in New York, I think I’ve been pretty clear on my position here, and that is, is that this country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal; that they have certain inalienable rights – one of those inalienable rights is to practice their religion freely.”
Thank God that President Obama got it right on July 4, 2010, from the White House Blue Room balcony: “And here in a still young century, let us renew our commitment to stand with those around the world who, like us, still believe in that simple yet revolutionary notion – that we are all endowed by our Creator ‘with certain unalienable rights.'”
Les Kinsolving, WorldNetDaily’s correspondent at the White House, asked Press Secretary’s Robert Gibbs, “Why did he omit this part of the Declaration?” Gibbs’ only explanation was, “I haven’t seen the comments, Lester, but I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence.”
Is that a reasonable excuse and explanation? To you, is omitting “endowed by their Creator” from direct quotes of the Declaration in several speeches a permissible benign act of the president of the United States?
To me, it is not only what a man includes, but omits, that tells you everything about him. As Leo F. Buscaglia once said, “Things omitted are often more deadly than errors committed.”
Even more apropos, the president might heed the words of American novelist William Faulkner, who said, “Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday’s omissions and regrets.”
(Next week in Part 2, I will not only discuss another significant Creator omission overlooked by mainstream media but inform you about how you can join people like my wife, Gena, and me, Charlie Daniels, Stephen Baldwin, Tony Dorsett, Dean Jones, Joyce Meyer, David Barton, Dr. D. James Kennedy and Dr. Bill Bright in assuring that future presidents and generations are not avoidant or ashamed of the Creator in whom our founders trusted in the dawn of our republic.)