But sanctify the Lord God in your heart and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

Posted By saintbenaiah

The group called American Atheists attempted to force the state of Florida to take down a monument of the Ten Commandments from in front of the Bradford County Courthouse in the little town of Starke. The courts ruled against taking down the Ten Commandments but allowed them to place their own monument on the site. An un-named donor supplied the funds for this monument to atheism, which is the first such monument on government property. Now, right across from the display of the Ten Commandments, which commemorates our country’s historical dependence upon Judeo-Christian values and traditions, stands an appropriate and ironic symbol of their beliefs–a seat, the seat of the scornful, that is (Psalms 1:1). 

The American Atheist group attempts to deceive the American public by suggesting with quotes on this monument that this country was founded on atheistic beliefs instead of on Judeo-Christian values. It is not surprising that they attempt to deceive, given who their spiritual father is (John 8:44). The monument has inscribed on it "…the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion." This quote, from article 11 of the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, is presented devoid of any historical context.

For 300 years prior to the treaty, Muslim pirates terrorized the Barbary shipping lanes. Men and ships would be held for ransom or forced to become Muslim. While British colonies, the states had the protection of the mighty British navy. Once independent, however, America had to deal with these pirates and the easiest way was to make treaties with these Barbary Muslim states. 

The treaty was a stop-gap measure to deal with harassing Muslim attacks until a strong navy could be built. The wording in the treaty suggests only that our government was not inherently at war with Muslim states. The original Arabic version of the treaty did not even have the wording of article 11. When the treaty was renegotiated in 1805, the above text was conspicuously absent. 

It is dishonest of the atheists to take a disputed line from an obscure treaty and suggest it means more than the references to the Creator in the founding document of this country–the Declaration of Independence.


Eric L. Padgett


Posted By saintbenaiah

This is not a political blog, though I will sometimes venture into that area when the subject matter overlaps with Christian apologetics and Christian worldview issues.  This past week that seems to have occurred. 

Rick Perry was the target of a liberal snare.  A Mom--I don't know whether she was working alone or was with the group that was sent to heckle him--used her son to try and provoke Perry into saying something that would slow his momentum, or, ideally, completely derail his presidential campaign.  The mother, through her young son, asked Perry how old the earth was.  Perry answered that he did not know but that it was very old.  This was a political answer, but technically it was true.  None of us know exactly how old the earth is (though we have pretty good idea) and it is very old (6,000 years is pretty old to me).  But this did not satisfy the Mom because she was out to cause trouble for the governor. 

So she asked a second question about evolution.  Perry, by this time, obviously understood what was going on here, so he very deftly bent down to the level of the boy and told him that in Texas they taught both evolution and creation so that individuals could draw their own conclusions.  For this young child, this should have presented a pretty stark contrast between the two, Rick Perry and his Mom.  She was hiding behind her son, projecting her issue onto him, while Perry spoke on the young man's level inspiring him to be free to make up his own mind on the matter after examining all the evidence. 

Obviously, the mother saw her designs backfiring on her and she tried to take one last emotional shot:  "Ask him why he doesn't believe in science."  This probably made her feel good, or at least feel better, since her first attempts were thwarted, but it betrays her ignorance of the issues.  Perry, however, recognizing his victory and the futility of further discussion, strode away to greet the rest of the crowd.  

To the liberal "mind", evolution is science.  However, darwinian evolution does not even begin the to meet the rigid requirements of being observable, testable, and repeatable.  In fact, evolution requires that science be discarded.  In order to believe this humanistic evolutionary scenario, we must first believe that something came from nothing and then we must believe that well established laws of thermodynamics, laws by the way that are observable, testable, and repeatable are violated by order being introduced into a closed system. 

The purpose of this post is not to argue against evolution, however, it is to draw attention to the attitudes of many in our culture toward those who espouse a Christian worldview.  These are considered "unscientiic."  They are considered dangerous. In a similar manner, Michelle Bachmann, has been branded by the liberal Huffpost as "controversial" simply because she professes Christianity.  

While I do not share either Bachmann or Perry's particular theology, it is certainly sad that this country, founded on Judeao-Christian values, has now been so taken over by the left that politicians who espouse these ancient values are vilified by the public media.  We applaud Mr. Perry, not only for his deft handling of this situation but also in taking a public stand for the truth.

Eric L. Padgett




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