Religious Freedom in an Age of Secularism

Here is Star Parker writing at Family Security Matters:

The civil rights movement became unmoored from the religious and moral values that drove it to begin with.

The late Claremont Institute scholar, Harry V. Jaffa, opened an essay he wrote called “The American Founding as the Best Regime,” discussing the meaning of the words of the preamble to our Constitution.

Included in those words, laying out the purpose of the Constitution is the phrase, to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

Jaffa says that “No words of the Constitution reveal the intention of the Constitution,” more than these.

“What is a blessing?” asks Jaffa. It is “what is good in the eyes of God,” he answers.

Jaffa then turns to the closing words of the Declaration of Independence, written 13 years before the Constitution, where, before officially declaring the colonies “free and independent states,” the signers appealed “to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of our intentions.”

And in closing the Declaration, ushering the United States into existence, the signers wrote, “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

The point is that it is worth recalling, in these times of chaos and cynicism, that America was founded with a sense of vision and mission and meaning. And this meaning was anchored in the religious values that some work so diligently today to purge from our nation’s public life.

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