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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In May 7 Issue

Did you take off your blindfold before dawn?

This question will make a little more sense if you keep reading.  I'm sure that most of you have heard by now that Glenn Beck is ending his daily television show on Fox sometime this year.

Needless to say, his critics are shouting from the roof tops that they have been successful at getting this "hate monger" off the air.  The bad news or good if you are a fan is Glenn isn't going anywhere.

He will continue with his weekday radio broadcast and will be able to deliver information to his devoted listeners in a manner that was sometimes throttled down do to his responsibility and respect to News Corp., the parent company of Fox News. Like him or not, Glenn Beck is sincere and truly believes what he says.

Because of his impeccable integrity, what he says is generally backed up by facts or sound bites from the person that said it. Glenn Beck who came from a family of democrats was taught the importance of truth and honor. He like many of us has been on the bottom, but is now on top! The important thing is he has not forgotten the path that he followed to get to where he is today! Simply stated, Glenn Beck is being true to his heart and moving into what he calls "A New Era".

I too am worried about the direction that our great country is heading. At times, I believe that there is no hope. We have high school students that don't know who our first President was or who our current Vice President is!

We have people being shot in the streets of New York while a person stands by with a video phone capturing the entire event while the victim quietly lies there and dies. There are events captured on video of restaurant patrons fighting and hitting one another over a bottle of syrup. There was an incident recently where a patron got up on the counter of a fast food restaurant and start throwing things because their order was taking too long! All I can say is Lord help us!

During the 1960's, our schools where predominately based on Judeo-Christian values. Religious or not, these principals set a clear and solid foundation for our American society. The Secular Progressives have transformed our nation through our children by utilizing our own public school system. They have successfully argued through the courts that the Constitution stipulates the separation of church and state, but in reality our supreme law of the land states that their will be no national church.

This freedom is up to the individual states or citizens themselves. Wikipedia, the free online Encyclopedia says, the concept of separation of church and state refers to the distance in the relationship between organized religion and the nation state.

The term is an offshoot of the phrase, "wall of separation between church and state," as written in Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists Association in 1802. The original text reads: "...I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."

Jefferson reflected his frequent speaking theme that the government is not to interfere with religion. The phrase was quoted by the United States Supreme Court first in 1878, and then in a series of cases starting in 1947. Like many other governing principles, the phrase "separation of church and state" itself does not appear in the U.S. Constitution.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."  It is My Opinion that the Supreme Court was reaching a bit, no a lot when they made this ruling. None the less, this decision was the big stick that the Progressives needed to take religion out of ours schools.

Unfortunately, today we are witnessing the results of that ungodly decision.

I received a great story that I want to share with you. I believe it supports much of what I have shared with you today.  It's called the Cherokee Indian youths' Rite of Passage? His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it.  He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a man. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm. We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him. Folks, the dawn has come and it is time to remove your blindfold!

May God Bless…  

Ron Phillips

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