Commissioners from Carroll County, Maryland took a course on the history of the US Constitution from David Whitney who is the senior instructor at the Institute on the Constitution. They were so impressed with the course that they asked Whitney if he would do a shortened version for county department heads. Whitney agreed and the seminar was scheduled.
When word of the seminar got out, the ACLU of Maryland and Americans United for Separation of Church and State took issue with the seminar. They claimed that the county was using $800 of taxpayer money to pay for a program that mixed religion and politics.
At issue is the fact that David Whitley is not only the senior instructor for the Institute on the Constitution, but he is also the pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Fellowship in Pasadena, Maryland. The critics believe that Whitley’s role as a pastor and his Christian views will be expressed in the seminar and thus violate the alleged separation of church and state.
In his defense of the seminar to be taught, Whitley said,
“The founders’ view of law and government, the American view of law and government, which is, simply put, there is a Creator God, the God of the Bible. Secondly, our rights come from Him. Thirdly, the sole purpose of human civil government is to protect and secure those God-given rights.
When asked about his reaction to the controversy, he replied,
“It raised an enormous storm, with the Americans United for Separation of Church and State writing a threatening letter from their attorney to the county commissioners that they have to shut this course down, demanding a response from them of the actions they take.” [The letter was] very threatening — as if they were going to have a lawsuit against the county commissioners for violating the separation of church and state.”
The county commissioners, like so many others that have been intimidated by these two radical leftist anti-religion and anti-history groups, were faced with a tough decision as to whether or not they would go through the seminar or cower to the threat of a lawsuit. On the night before the seminar, they gathered in a meeting to discuss the issue and then voted to stay with the plans on holding the seminar with Whitley.
There are two things here that need to be commented on. One is the fact that the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State want to forbid any Christian leader from having any involvement or say in politics or education. It’s as if pastors or not allowed to have second jobs in anything that may overlap or come in contact with politics or education.
Many small churches cannot afford to pay a pastor enough to live on and they are forced to have other careers. Some pastors are farmers, store keepers, auto mechanics, painters, etc. That’s okay as long as their other job doesn’t come in contact with the government. But if a painting contract went out to a company that the pastor works for? Couldn’t his painting the government building or offices also be a conflict of the separation of church and state?
Seems to me that there are laws that prohibit the discrimination of employees (hired direct or contract) on the basis of sex, race or religion, but I guess the ACLU interprets that differently when it comes to religious leaders or teachers.
Secondly, organizations such as the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State do not want the American people to be taught the true history of our nation, its Founding Fathers and the Constitution.
- They don’t want you to know that some of the Founding Fathers were preachers.
- They don’t want you to know that the Founding Fathers quoted the Bible four times more than any other person or document.
- They don’t want you to know that the American Revolution and independence was announced and preached from the pulpits of churches throughout the colonies.
- They don’t want you to know that some of the military leaders that helped to win our independence were pastors who fought for religious freedom from Great Britain.
- They don’t want you to know that it was prayer, called for by Benjamin Franklin, that kept the Constitutional Convention from disbanding without coming up with the governing document.
- They don’t want you to know that the first official act of newly appointed President George Washington was to march the entire delegation to the local church for prayer and worship.
- They don’t want you to know that in his first inaugural address, President George Washington said, “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.”
- They don’t want you to know that Congress at one time commissioned the printing and distribution of the Bible.
- They don’t want you to know that the US Supreme Court on more than one occasion ruled that America was a Christian nation.
- They don’t want you know the words of John Jay, first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court who said, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
- They don’t want you to read the words of then congressman James Garfield (20th President of the United States) who spoke at America’s first centennial celebration saying, “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature… If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”
They DO want you to believe that America’s history is purely secular and that religion had nothing to do with the founding and growth of the United States.
I applaud the Carroll County Commissioners for standing their ground and desiring to have their department heads learn about the true history of the US Constitution and not the secular lies being taught today in textbooks and the media. My prayers go out to them as I am sure they are going to be faced with the wrath of the critics for using $800 of taxpayer money for this seminar on our governing document.