December 8, 2010
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she decided to run for an elected office in 2010.
HERE COME THE HOLY DAYS
December is a wonderful time of year, full of celebrations – mostly of a religious nature.
Starting at sundown on December first, for eight days, Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, the "Festival of Lights", commemorating a miracle that occurred about 2200 years ago. They only had enough purified oil to keep the oil lamp in the Holy
of Holies burning for one day. It would take them a week to make more purified oil. They lit the menorah and, miraculously, the one day supply of oil lasted all eight days.
On December 8, Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day. This commemorates the day Buddha experienced enlightenment. With the knowledge obtained while meditating, he became enlightened, achieved Nirvana and became a Buddha or "awakened one".
Next, Muslims will celebrate Ashura on December 16. Primarily, this day commemorates the martyrdom of Mohammad's grandson. However, depending on the source referenced, it
also may be a celebration of several religious events.
Christians prepare for the celebration of Jesus Christ's birth on Christmas Day, December
25. Christians of all denominations consider Christmas to be one of the two holiest days of the year.
Speaking of celebrations, we can not forget the ACLU lawyers. They spend the holy season gleefully anticipating more anti-religious law suits.
Many of the European settlers who came here were seeking religious freedom. Religious persecution was common in Europe. The Founding Fathers did not believe this was proper. Telling a person what religion he should practice and how he should express his belief in God violated their principles of personal liberty.
"It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshiping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship." --John Adams,
Thoughts on Government, 1776
In 1730, Benjamin Franklin wrote:
"That wise men have in all ages thought government necessary for the good of mankind; and, that wise governments have always thought religion necessary for the well ordering and well-being of society, and accordingly have been ever careful to encourage and protect the Ministers of it, paying them the highest publick honours, that their Doctrines might thereby meet with the greater respect among the common people."
In a letter to the president of Yale University, Franklin also described what he considered the five fundamentals of "all sound religions". The five fundamental religious beliefs which are to be found in all of the principal religions of the world are:
Recognition and worship of a Creator who made all things.
That the Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living which distinguishes right from wrong.
That the Creator holds mankind responsible for the way they treat each other.
That all mankind lives beyond this life.
That in the next life individuals are judged for their conduct in this one.
These five beliefs run through practically all of the Founding Fathers' writings and were felt to be necessary for "good government and the happiness of mankind". Samuel Adams said that these beliefs constituted the "religion of America" and belonged to all world faiths. Therefore, they could be taught without being offensive to any sect or denomination. John Adams said these tenets were the "general principles" founding American civilization.
The Founding Fathers felt strongly enough about religious freedom that it is clearly well protected in the first amendment in the Bill Of Rights. The first amendment
states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
During the ratifying convention in Virginia, James Madison stated, "There is not a shadow of right in the general government to intermeddle with religion. Its least interference with it would be a most flagrant ursurpation." Thomas Jefferson wrote, "In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the power of the General Government...." .
So, how with the obvious intent of the Founders, could any Supreme Court judge ban prayer or religious displays after swearing to "perform all duties incumbent upon me...under the Constitution and laws of the Untied States."?
In 1940, opponents to morality and traditional theistic religion, (you know, the people who believe there is no right or wrong, that everything is relative, that the ends
justify the means, "God is dead" and "religion is the opiate of the masses"- those
people) used the Gitlow case (1925) to invoke the power of the federal courts to build a wall between the states and any form of religious encouragement, even if only indirectly provided by the state. In 1947 the court said that the government (state or federal) can not pass laws
that aid one religion, all religions or prefer one religion over another. Then in 1948, the Supreme Court intervened in an actual religious question, forbidding the states to have religious classes in public schools, even if the parents consent for the classes,
and any denomination could provide the classes for the students belonging to their religion. Then in 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that even non-denominational prayer was "establishing a religion" and forbid it - but did not forbid voluntary prayer in schools. This ruling gave the secularists an ability to obtain state court rulings not allowing
any prayer in school.
Unfortunately, the courts' apparent attempt at "neutrality" has instead supported secularism. As a result, non-spiritual and non-moralistic principles have a virtual monopoly in all public areas of our society now.
I wish everyone a blessed and happy Holy Day(s) and, in a very non-politically correct statement, a Merry Christmas!