Americans know that the Declaration of Independence proclaims as a matter of fact that they "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." But when Obama recites this line, he omits the word "Creator."
Listen carefully to how Obama censors that famous line. Here are his own words: "all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights." He doesn't say who endowed us.
Obama has done this so often that it can't be a slip of the tongue or a glitch of the teleprompter. Changing the words of the Declaration of Independence is part of Obama's determination to remove everything religious and every mention of God from every aspect of our public life in order to fundamentally transform us from "one nation under God" into one nation under the federal government, especially the executive branch, with no higher power recognized.
On this Fourth of July, we should remind ourselves that the great Declaration of Independence is not only the proclamation of our independence and sovereignty, but it is also the official affirmation of our belief and faith in God. The declaration asserts God's existence as a "self-evident" truth and states that the purpose of government is to secure our God-given unalienable individual rights.
The declaration contains five references to God -- God as our creator, God as supreme lawmaker, God as the source of all rights, God as the world's supreme judge and God as our protector.
Shortly before we started hearing fireworks for this year's Fourth of July, the movie "For Greater Glory" opened in local theaters. It is a compelling dramatization of the Mexican government's persecution of Christians from 1926 to 1929, a bloody piece of history that has hitherto been ignored by historians and filmmakers.
This wasn't in some faraway Muslim country; it was in our next-door neighbor's. It's instructive for Americans, who have peacefully enjoyed religious liberty for more than two centuries, to realize the depth of hatred that some people have for religion in general and Christianity in particular.
The movie is a worthy addition to the genre of successful religious films that portray Christian heroes who died for their faith, such as "A Man For All Seasons" (Thomas More), "Becket" and "The Robe."
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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