Plymouth was the first colony established by British subjects in what is now the territory of the United States of America. The pilgrims who came to America on the ship Mayflower decided to sign a pact, which reads as follows:
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are written below, the loyal subjects of our Dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith Having undertaken for the Glory of God and the Advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine us together into a Civil Body Politic for our order and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid, and by virtue of this establish and approve, constitute and form, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as deemed very proper and convenient for the General Welfare of the Colony, unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience. In witness whereof we have subscribed our names at Cape Cod this on November 11, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-four. Anno Domini, 1620.
The Mayflower Compact was not, as you see, a declaration of independence or anything like it, even though it undoubtedly marked the foundation for what in the future would become the Constitution of the United States.
Clearly, the Christian faith, even in a heretical version of Protestantism (*), was one of the deep roots of the little colony. Interestingly, it was religious freedom that these pilgrims were seeking: something that was not guaranteed in any European nation, Protestant or Catholic.
Much has changed in that land, which has gone from the profession of Christian faith to the persecution of that faith when exercised in the military. The country of "In God we trust" is now devoted to persecuting those who not only trust in God, but declare and share Him with others. There is talk of the term ‘prosyletism’, which for some reason has a negative connotation. But the truth is that a Christian not only has the right, but also the duty to bear witness to faith in any place. Which means at work, too. Those who do not wish to listen to Christians are free not to do so.
I guess the rules that the Pentagon intends to impose will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the mere fact that the anti-Christian lobby has managed to be a reference point for the Obama administration on this issue indicates very clearly what is at stake in that society. If the country that was born from the pursuit of religious freedom is now devoted to censor and limit that freedom, what else may it not limit? In any case, it follows a certain logic that that if you start by not respecting the right to life, other rights are in jeopardy.
I hope the next time that Obama claims to be a Christian that some one will publicly accuse him of being a fraud, hypocrite and traitor alike to Judas Iscariot. The United States now has a totalitarian president who masquerades as a democrat. The good thing is that he is now in his final term. The bad thing is that there are many more like him.
(*When I refer to heretical Protestantism, this is not only from a Catholic point of view but also from the point of view of Protestant state churches extant at the time.)
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