I've never been much for hobnobbing at expensive fundraisers. But when my father called with an extra ticket to hear Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore speak at the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center's event at the Raddison, I said "Let's go."
Justice Moore made headlines when he refused to move a monument depicting the 10 commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court Building. He lost his job for his stand. Now he speaks all over the country on how courts are overstepping their bounds with religion in the United States. He knows his stuff.
Much of what Justice Moore talked about was God's role in the founding of this country -- not just in the minds of the individuals in power back then -- but in the public arena.
"We need to go back and look at our history," he said during his speech in Augusta. "We've forgotten it."
He spoke of Congress' first meetings in New York which took place in a church building where Christian church services were held to open each session.
He spoke of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington thanking God, not in the privacy of their own homes, but officially acknowledging God as the sovereign ruler of the universe from the office of the president.
"He (Washington) thanked God for our form of government. That's why he's called the father of our country, because he knew what he was talking about," Justice Moore said.
He spoke of Supreme Court cases when both the majority and minority agreed that God must be acknowledged by our government and that "We are a Christian people."
After all, the same judges that ousted Justice Moore swore their oaths on a Bible and said "So help me God."
Also, in the United States Supreme Court there is a work of art symbolizing the law. Included is a depiction of stone tablets with Roman numerals one through 10. Now they will tell you it is the Bill of Rights. But a 1975 brochure found at the court says it is the 10 commandments.
Those commandments are God's law and the foundation for all law in this country. To deny that is treading on dangerous territory. God has His hand of protection over us, and if we deny Him as a nation, how much longer will He leave it there?
This country has gotten away from its Christian roots. In the fear of being intolerant towards people of other religions or lifestyles, we have begun to tolerate the unthinkable.
It's time for people of faith to draw a line in the sand and say, "We won't allow you to go any further. In your quest to 'protect' the rights of others, you have voided the rights that even the founding fathers exercised."
Look for more on this subject in the next Ridin' the Pine in the Nov. 11 edition of The Mirror.