By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O’Neil –
Our country was founded upon Christian values and built by those who valued the Christian faith. Biblical principles were the foundation of our nation for centuries, and we prospered.
Today, there are some who try to deny those facts; mostly atheists or those of another faith. Fortunately, we have overwhelming proof to verify the Christian claims, which can be found in the large quantity of our forefather’s quotes, biblical verses boldly engraved on our federal buildings and monuments, our laws which are largely based on Biblical teachings, and the preambles to each state’s Constitution, all of which testify to the faith of our Christian forefathers.
An example of how widespread our Christian faith extended in American can be found in the following Illinois preamble to their Constitution. Similar statements are in each state’s constitution.
“We, the People of the State of Illinois – grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors – in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people; maintain a representative and orderly government; eliminate poverty and inequality; assure legal, social and economic justice; provide opportunity for the fullest development of the individual; insure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; and secure the blessings of freedom and liberty to ourselves and our posterity – do ordain.”
There appears, however, to be a growing, intrusive attempt to make serious changes to our nation’s religious values, our method of governing, and the morality of our people. Whether by accident or design, organized or not, the result is indisputable; the changes have harmed America and her people and it is time to have discussions on the subject.
Actions and practices historically considered immoral and illegal, the most publicized being same sex marriage, aborting life, and the use of mood-elevating drugs, are now considered accepted practices among the majority of Americans. We have embraced a libertarian, non-religious philosophy that everyone should be given the freedom to do as they please with their lives, as long as it doesn’t negatively impact others. But that premise has faults, because there are most always repercussions to potentially harmful behavior that eventually affects someone and sometimes even an entire nation.
Abortions are an example of temporarily solving a problem, but having life long repercussions. Those repercussions are not discussed by counselors at schools or abortion clinics. That partially explains why approximately 1.2 million unborn babies are aborted every year in the USA. Illinois is one of 17 states that fund all medically induced abortions. Although there are valid reasons to do so, the public should be informed and aware of the unintended consequences of abortion on demand. Carol Everett, a former director of four abortion clinics in Texas, where an estimated 35,000 unborn children were aborted, claims the reason for so many abortions is the explicit sex education classes in our schools. She stated: “Public school sexual education programs run by pro-choice groups “break down the natural modesty (of students); they separate them from their parents and their values.”
Everett’s testimony opens the door to what most of us understand as common sense. Introducing extensive sexual information to minors in our schools invites curiosity, experimentation, and has not proved to be a deterrent in reducing unwanted pregnancies. Everyone is not ready for those discussions at the same time. When parents were responsible for educating their children, a time in which abortions were illegal, the number of unwanted pregnancies were far less than today.
Arguably the most serious breach in trust is that our daughters can be taken by a school nurse to an abortion clinic, not only without her parent’s permission, but without the parents’ knowledge of the surgical procedure. The school and the our government do so, even though young girls have experienced medical and emotional problems as a result. Having no knowledge of the abortion, parents are unable to correctly diagnose resultant problems. Girls have died due to severe infections from botched abortions, because parents were unaware of the cause of the problem. While death is rare, emotional, long lasting trauma is not, but that fact is hidden by victims and society. However, the problem has become so severe, women are beginning to form groups that speak out and counsel those seeking help for their suppressed guilt.
Schools are a major example of how changes have not always proven to be positive. When our early schools taught students from the Bible before textbooks were available, student crime was so rare it wasn’t even discussed. Today, crime is so prevalent that some schools have resorted to security checks for knives, guns, and drugs upon entering. As little as 60 years ago, it was not an uncommon practice for boys attending schools in rural areas to bring their shotguns to school.