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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In Sept. 4 Issue
Russell County News

Where did we go wrong?  I believe that question has been asked many times over the past 223 years. Yes, on September 17th, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed.

I also believe that those brave men and women who dedicated their lives to help protect the liberty that so many died for would be sick at their stomachs to now see what we as a nation have done with that precious gift.

It seems to be human nature to look for clouds instead of sunshine, but where do we go from here? If you are a Glen Beck fan or follow Fox news, you know by now that the Restoring Honor Event held in Washington D.C. last Saturday was an overwhelming success.

While the mainstream media did there level best to demonize the event, they only managed to bring shame and disgust to themselves.

For those of you that missed it or just didn't care, the primary focus during the event was about God! You know, our creator, the head Dude! Yes, the event was dedicated to placing God first in our lives and that our rights are given to us by God, not man and especially not the government!  While the actual number in attendance is in dispute, most reasonable thinking people would agree that there were at least 500 thousand people at this history making event.

Mr. Beck successfully assembled 240 clergy from just about every religious denomination, standing together, armed locked with the unmistakable message that, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall".

Like it or not, nearly all of the founding fathers where God fearing men that understood the need for the citizens of this great country to be free to worship in the religion of their choice. They were especially careful to make sure that there was not any one national religion like they had left behind in England. They did not however intend to remove God from our schools or workplace.

Separation of church and state was an interpretation by the courts and is not in our Constitution. While researching this article, I found it interesting to learn that in 2002, the Kentucky legislature approved an official Latin motto, Deo gratiam habeamus, "Let us be grateful to God" or "With gratitude to God."

It doesn't take a scholar to realize that attempts at removing God from our culture have had a devastating effect on our moral character. Of course persons who do not believe in some kind of Supreme Being may argue, but one will have a tough time selling the fact that the Ten Commandments apply only to believers. Let's take a look at them generically.

  1. Do not worship other gods. This could also apply to one self or other people?  

 2. Do not worship idols. This could mean money, power and material items?

 3. Do not misuse God's name. This could generally mean it's just not nice to swear!

 4. Keep the Sabbath holy. One needs a day of rest to reflect on one's life and purpose.

 5. Honor your father & mother. This one speaks for itself!

 6. Do not murder. Most cultures agree that it is wrong to kill another human being.

 7. Do not commit adultery. Did you promise to be faithful or not?

 8. Do not steal. What's yours is yours and what's mine is mine!

 9. Do not lie. No honorable person should take issue with this one.

10. Do not covet. Coveting tempts your very character! What's next, stealing, adultery?

My point is that the attempts of the progressive movement to remove religion from our society have also removed the very foundation of future generations. Honor and moral character is not automatically pasted on like red hair or freckles, it must be taught! Today's Congress is a perfect example of what can happen to a society that has lost focus of the Ten Commandments.

Wow, one could write an entire book on that subject. The success of the Glen Beck Event should have sent a strong message to our leaders that it's "We The People" not me the elected official. "We The People" at the beginning of the Constitution was in LARGE print for a reason.

The authors of this historical document wanted it to be clear from the beginning that the People not the government was in charge.

It is "My Opinion" that a significant majority of the people will remind our leaders of that fact on November 2nd and on many more Election Days to come.

May God Bless…

Ron Phillips

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