I’ve been writing these weekly columns four years now. I don’t get paid, and that’s not even a consideration. It’s a privilege to mount this soap box and speak my mind freely, especially when I think I’ve got something valuable or necessary to say.

And I’ve learned to expect varied responses, since not everybody will agree with my opinions and judgments. Most of the e-mails forwarded to me are quite favorable, and that’s a reward for taking the trouble. I wish I could respond to all of them. But some – some are so vituperative, so caustic or so downright ignorant that I wish even more I could respond to them. They need somebody to set them straight.

I’ve been watching the Pompous Propagandist, Michael Moore, on all the talk shows, railing against evil capitalism and promoting his latest skewed screed of a film. He victimized me in his first one, by way of thanking me for trying to help him. He’s made upwards of $300 million on his films and wants to make a lot more. And he’s doing it, by the way, by skillfully (if fraudulently) utilizing the very capitalistic system he’s trashing.

I wish one of the interviewers would ask him a couple of questions, point blank:

1. “You’re so scathingly critical of the Bush response to 911; what would you have done, Mr. military and political expert?”

2. “You’re now a multimillionaire from your propaganda; will you here and now commit half of your profits to feeding the poor and maybe helping wounded and crippled veterans? Take your time – you seem to be at a loss for words suddenly.”

Since I can’t answer all my own critics individually, I’d like to respond to two or three here, and let that suffice for now.

One guy, whose initials are J.D., e-mailed me about my latest column “A Call to Arms,” in which I urged fellow citizens to raise our arms to God and pray Him into our national crises. I used the walls of Jericho as an analogy to the seemingly insurmountable problems we face, and J.D. sent this:

“The Jews were victorious because they snuck in through a whore’s window. They murdered every man, woman and child in a city full of innocent people, simply because they were covetous of their stuff. They won in SPITE of God’s will. Do yourself a favor, and ignore the Old Testament as Jesus instructed (he never followed the laws in the Old Testament, and rebelled against them).”

J.D., please get out your Bible, if you have one, and read the account again. The Jews didn’t “sneak in” at all – the whole massive wall fell down in a moment, by the power of God. That’s why I used that true story as an analogy. God did have His reasons for the destruction of Israel’s enemies, but we don’t have room to elucidate those now. And by the way, Jesus did most certainly observe the whole law of Moses, the Old Covenant. In fact, he said specifically, “I did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it.”

Gerald H. wrote, “As much as I agree with you that a ‘call to arms’ has been sounded, I disagree that the call is only spiritual. You missed the ‘bigger picture.’ Prayer alone does not get politicians elected or removed; prayer is only half the equation.”

Well, G.H., I actually agree with you, but you must have read only this column of the more than 200 I’ve written here. A couple of weeks ago, in a piece I called “Losing Liberty,” I urged all citizens to become informed, be involved at every level, to vote … and to pray. My main point is that we humans can only accomplish so much on our own; like our forefathers, we need to urgently ask God into the fray on our behalf.

There were other mad-mails. But this one takes the cake. A guy named Lutz, obviously intelligent but grossly ignorant, wrote, “I’m sorry, but the Founding Fathers were deists [absolutely, historically false] and the Declaration and Constitution were modeled after and guided by the old British common law [also patently and demonstrably false]. Jefferson thought of Christianity as a perverted system.”

Mr. Lutz, there are valid lists of the specific Christian churches to which each founder belonged. Thomas Jefferson averred that he consulted no other source for his Declaration and the authors of the Constitution were guided mainly by Blackstone, the absolute legal genius of his time … but they came up with concepts that were completely original to them. And Jefferson, though he was critical and somewhat dismissive of “high church ecclesiasticism and hierarchy,” said “the precepts of Jesus are the most sublime ever preached to man.”

You’re almost right when you draw my attention to an obscure paragraph attributed to John Adams in a Treaty with Tripoli,”… the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” He was assuring the Muslims, as Jefferson did the Baptists, that religious convictions of Americans were individually their own, and not proscribed or mandated by our government. Our government is not a religion, or a surrogate of one (like the government of Iran today). It is a structure, created by Christian men, in which people of all faiths may live and worship freely.

John Adams also said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” And I leave you to argue with John Jay, our first Supreme Court Chief Justice, and a prominent contributor to the Constitution itself, who declared that America is “our Christian nation” and it is the duty and privilege of its citizens to elect Christians as their rulers.

God Himself, in Hosea 4:6, said sadly, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have forgotten the law of your God – I will also forget your children.”

This nation flourished when its people knew God’s word and will. As we flounder and perhaps fail, it is surely due to the ignorance – and rejection – of His precepts, and His guiding hand.

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