Since the 1960s, there have been numerous attempts to turn the United States into an officially secular society. Prayer and Bible reading were taken out of schools. The courts have continually ruled against religious displays.
Organizations like the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation have been on the forefront of using the courts to dismantle our nation’s rich Christian heritage.
The courts have ruled recently that a World War I memorial honoring the war dead is unconstitutional because it includes a large cross. Back in 1925, the American Legion erected a memorial in Bladensburg, Md., to honor the memory of 49 men who perished during World War I. The 40-foot tall memorial became known as the “Peace Cross.” In 2014, the American Humanist Association — a group that believes in “being good without a god” — filed a lawsuit alleging the cross-shaped memorial is unconstitutional and demanding it be demolished, altered, or removed. They alleged the cross carries “an inherently religious message and creates the unmistakable appearance of honoring only Christian servicemen.”
Most recently, secularists are pushing the Air Force to have atheist chaplains.
Jason Heap was a 38-year-old former youth minister with a master’s degree in divinity from Texas Christian University when he applied to become a Navy chaplain.
But the sea service rejected his application last year after he revealed plans to affiliate with the Humanist Society and the American Humanist Association, which espouses a “progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives,” according to the group’s website.
Atheism is a dangerous worldview. what’s an atheist chaplain going to say to a soldier? Will he quote from the Gospel According to Richard Dawkins?:
In the universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, and other people are going to get lucky; and you won’t find any rhyme or reason to it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind pitiless indifference. DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is, and we dance to its music.
What fixed moral code does an atheist have to follow? Can he slaughter of women and children at will? Is it OK to rape women and children? Can there be a just war if there is no justice? Can a war even be fought if there is neither good nor evil?
There have always been atheists. The Bible says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God'” (Ps. 14:1). There were atheists when the Old Testament was written and in every war that has been fought. The French Revolution was based on atheism. Atheist regimes in the 20th century led to the deaths of tens of millions people.
As a Christian, I can evaluate the justice or injustice of a war. An atheist can’t since survival of the fittest is the basis for evolutionary development and war can be the means of that advancement. Who’s to say otherwise?
Given these facts, let’s take a look at some of our nation’s history on the subject:
In an address given on October 6, 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said:
“We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Its teaching, as has been wisely suggested, is ploughed into the very heart of the race. Where we have been truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity; where it has been to us as the words of a book that is sealed, we have faltered in our way, lost our range finders and found our progress checked.”
He declared the following on March 9, 1937:
“I hope that you have re-read the Constitution of the United States in these past few weeks. Like the Bible, it ought to be read again and again.”
While running for his third time, in a Brooklyn speech, Roosevelt said the following on November 1, 1940:
“I am certain that the rank and file of patriotic Republicans do not realize the nature of this threat. They should remember, and we must remember, what the collaborative understanding between Communism and Nazism has done to the processes of democracy abroad… Those forces hate democracy and Christianity as two phases of the same civilization. They oppose democracy because it is Christian. They oppose Christianity because it preaches democracy. Their objective is to prevent democracy from becoming strong.”
In his September 1, 1942, Labor Day Address, FDR said the following: “PRESERVATION OF THESE rights is vitally important now, not only to us who enjoy them, but to the whole future of Christian civilization.”
As World War II broke out in Europe, FDR warned: “Those forces hate Democracy and Christianity as two phases of the same civilization.”
The following year, on May 27, 1941, FDR stated in one of his radio addresses:
“The Nazis are as ruthless as the Communists in the denial of God.”
“In his second inaugural address, FDR pledged to do his utmost by ‘seeking Divine guidance.’ He took that mission further on January 25, 1941, when he wrote a personal prologue to a special edition of the New Testament, which was distributed to millions of U.S. soldiers. ‘As Commander-in-Chief,’ Roosevelt wrote, ‘I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States.’
“He believed that all American soldiers should have the opportunity to read the words of Christ in preparing for battle. Once, when joining those soldiers aboard a warship with Winston Churchill, FDR asked the crew and prime minister to join him in singing the hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers.’ In his final inaugural address, FDR affirmed, ‘So we pray to Him for the vision to see our way clearly … to achievement of His will.’”(Godfather Politics)
When American soldiers were landing on the beaches of Normandy, Roosevelt led the nation in prayer during a radio broadcast.(Godfather Politics)
The bigger question that needs to be answered is the moral basis of war? By what standard should or should not be fought? How many of the wars our nation has fought have been immoral or at least unwise?