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Argument Didn’t Fly
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Argument Didn’t Fly
By Dwight M. Creech: Special to The Pilot

Editor Steve Bouser envisioned an attempt to threaten the life of his worldview relative to the issue of church/state relations.

In his commentary, entitled “Church and State: Let’s Not Play With Fire” (Oct. 5), he pled for restraint in reaching for one’s “poison pen” until his wisdom was heard out. There is really not much need for a “poison pen” here. I am reminded of the old farmer who strapped fodder under his arms and jumped from the barn loft. His idea just did not fly.

There is no such thing as religious neutrality in government. All law is religious in nature. Law in any culture reflects the beliefs of that culture. The United States Supreme Court acknowledged that even secular humanism (atheism) is a religious belief.

The myth of separation between church and state springs from the myth that “neutrality” in education is possible. Nothing could be further from the truth. The government schools of this nation are religious schools to the core and teach values, beliefs, and fears as faithfully as any church. It is the idea that “neutrality” is possible in education that has given rise to the notion of “neutrality” in matters of government.

All education and all governments are religious in nature. The battle is over whose religious views are going to have the force of law. Government is the battleground of the gods, and the winner has the force of law.

The Ten Commandments are not 10 suggestions, neutral in nature, from a committee of gods. The founders of our nation did not craft a Declaration of Independence and a Constitution around the many gods of many religions. The preamble to every state constitution in the union acknowledges the deity of the One True and Living God and invokes his blessing upon matters of government. There is no sense of separation between religion and state but in the minds of liberal thinkers whose self-styled religious views are threatened by the fact that a real deity might be out there.

One day, each will stand before the only True and Living God there is. In that day, Commandment No. 1, “I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” will have riveting meaning.

The founders of this nation understood this. The First Amendment of the Constitution chained the government out of the church, but not the church out of government. They understood that law must not have its origin in secular government; law has its origin in nature’s God — the Creator. The Church is the guardian of his oracles.

In America, government blossoms from the beliefs of the people. Should the Christian consensus be lost via the secular government schools (where the myth of separation of church and state originated), the Constitution, the very foundation of Americanism, will also be lost. America is not a Buddhist, Hindu, or Muslim nation by faith. America is a distinctively Christian nation, and her laws traditionally reflect this.

Mr. Bouser said, “All these demagogues suddenly rushing headlong to try to rile people up by mixing religion with politics (mostly right-wing politics) scare me.” To the contrary, nothing could be more frightening than a brute secular government that strips every vestige of Christianity from its institutions by force of law.

Communist Russia is a fitting scenario for purely “secular politics.” There is no government “under God” there. The government in Russia (until President Reagan’s declaration, “Tear down this wall!”) had a “wall of separation” between church and state. Their government was not under God, but “under” a totalitarian dictator.

The last time I noticed, governments not “under God” had walls around them to keep the people in. Many have lost their lives until this present day trying to escape to the government that is still “under God.” Our liberties were not purchased with the fortunes and life’s blood of the ACLU or the liberal press, but with the fortunes and blood of a generation of whom this generation is not worthy.

The founders did not fear the God of the Scriptures in matters of government. What they feared was a secular government that would wall God’s law out of it. This has happened with a continuing vengeance.

President Eisenhower once said, “Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first — the most basic — expression of Americanism.”

Thus, the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.”

Dwight M. Creech principal of Calvary Christian School in Southern Pines.

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Dwight Creech, is a native of North Carolina, born into a farming family in Pine Level, N.C. He graduated from Pine Level High School in 1963 and went on to...

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