Last week, I detailed seven occasions in the past few months at which President Obama omitted the words “by their Creator” from direct quotes of the Declaration of Independence: “that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
Though you can read the actual quotes in detail in Part 1, let me briefly remind readers where and when they occurred:
On Oct. 21, 2010, at a rally for Sen. Murray in Seattle, Wash.
On Oct. 18, 2010, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in Rockville, Md.
On Oct. 17, 2010, at a reception for Gov. Ted Strickland in Chagrin Fall, Ohio.
On Sept. 22, 2010, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in New York, N.Y.
On Sept. 15, 2010, at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.
On Sept. 11, 2010, at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va.
On Sept. 10, 2010, at the president’s press conference at the White House.
I finished the article asking readers, “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?”
Those words might seem justifiable to some, but it alarms me when omissions are exclusively divine and so easily exit and are excused by the U.S. supreme leader.
Even at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were debated and drafted, divine omissions seem to be en vogue.
Recently, my pastor and the chaplain of my organizations, Todd DuBord, was on a tour of Independence Hall with David Barton, Jim Garlow and dozens of others. When the National Park Service guide leading their group blurted out five unbelievable lies and distortions about our founders’ religious beliefs and history, with school-aged children present as well in the room:
“We have no record that George Washington ever attended church.”
While the NPS guide physically hunched over, mimicked and mocked one carrying and swinging an oversized Bible in his hand, he said to the crowd: “Even if I said the founders were Christians, how could we really know? Just because people carry a big ol’ Bible in their hand, they can still be atheists!”
“Most of these men owned slaves. How could good Christians do that?”
“We know that Benjamin Franklin was a deist.”
“We don’t really know for sure about their religion. It’s open for interpretation. You’ll have to do your own study on that.”
To add insult to injury, last week my chaplain received an unfortunate response letter about their grievous tour from Mrs. Cynthia MacLeod, the superintendent of the Independence National Historical Park. She dodged culpability and refused to cast blame against the NPS guide, justifying that “Each ranger leads a tour in his or her own way … allowing visitors to draw their own conclusions.” Really? Even if the ranger misleads and lies about our founders? (You can read Superintendent MacLeod’s letter in entirety at my chaplain’s websiteNationalTreasures.org.)
That’s no way to teach more than 2 million annual guests who visit Independence Hall, including hundreds of thousands of school children being bused in from all over the nation, ready and anxious to learn about the accurate history of our republic and its founders.
The truth is, if you want an accurate religious history of America, you’re no longer going to get it from our president, our progressive society or secular schools, at least not without unbiased trained teachers or the induction of a religious curriculum that hasn’t tampered and twisted history.
Remembering the role of religion in our republic is why I included an entire chapter on the subject (titled, “From Here to Eternity”) in my New York Times best seller, “Black Belt Patriotism.” It is also why my wife, Gena, and I are on the board of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, or NCBCPS, which has a Bible-based curriculum that has been used in the public schools, on campus, during school hours, for credit, for the past 15 years. No joke! It is legal and our constitutional right. In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled not against the study of the Bible in public schools, but against the devotional, religious use of it in classroom settings. Supreme Court Justice Clark stated,
It might be well said that one’s education is not complete without a study of comparative religion or the history of religion and its relationship to the advancement of civilization. It certainly may be said that the Bible is worthy of study for its literacy and historic qualities. Nothing we have said here indicates that such study of the Bible or of religion, when presented objectively as part of a secular program of education, may not be effected consistently with the First Amendment. (School District of Abington Township v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203,225 –1963)
The NCBCPS curriculum has now been implemented in 2,075 public high schools. Over 370,000 students have taken this elective course to date, nationwide. And in addition to Gena and I, other people who have done public service announcements and television commercials for NCBCPS are: Charlie Daniels, Tony Dorsett, Dean Jones, Joyce Meyer, David Barton, Dr. D. James Kennedy and Dr. Bill Bright and Stephen Baldwin.
We are proud to announce that the NCBCPS will also have the electronic version of the curriculum available starting Dec. 15, 2010. It will include movies, videos and slides, in addition to the hardcover text, “The Bible in History and Literature,” and also “The Teacher’s Companion Guide.”
The NCBCPS is not the Bible curriculum in circulation that promotes UNESCO (the United Nations) in its Bible textbook for students. Please make sure your district uses the Bible curriculum textbook titled “The Bible in History and Literature” by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools. Don’t accept counterfeits, if even under candy-coated biblical titles!
If you would like more information on the NCBCPS’s curriculum, or want help getting it into your local school district, go to the website BibleInSchools.net or call today at 336-272-8838. Remember, to date, 94 percent of the school boards approached with this Bible curriculum have voted to implement it.
Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, was right, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”
That is why, for the sake of our posterity and the preservation of truth in each of our own communities, we all need to accept the challenge of Ronald Reagan: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”