But don’t just take Pat’s word (or mine) for it. Take the words of Ben Franklin (who, as Pat noted, was certainly no religious fanatic): “Only a moral and virtuous people are capable of freedom; the more corrupt and vicious a society becomes, the more it has need of masters.” Or consider something said by William Douglas, one of the most liberal justices who ever sat on the U.S. Supreme Court: “The First Amendment does not say that in every respect there shall be a separation of church and state. That is the common sense of the matter. Otherwise, the state and religion would be aliens to each other -- hostile, suspicious and even unfriendly. We are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being. We cannot read into the Bill of Rights such a philosophy of hostility to religion.”
Unfortunately, too many judges have read such hostility to religion into the Bill of Rights -- hence Pat’s call for a “revolution.” It’s time, he said, “stand up to these invaders, root them out, overturn their unconstitutional rulings, and reestablish our republic that represents not just all its citizens, but our traditional morals and guidelines.”
Mind you, Pat is doing more than just issuing the call. He may be past what some refer to as “retirement age,” but he’s still very active -- not only singing (of course!), but penning a weekly column for WorldNetDaily and serving as a spokesman for the 60 Plus Association, a group for seniors that approaches issues from the same conservative view long championed by Heritage: more free enterprise and less government red tape. 60 Plus President Jim Martin is a good friend of Heritage and does a marvelous job leading a group that offers an alternative to those “tired of the AARP.”
Pat also has a wonderful new book out, “Pat Boone’s America.” Billed “a pop culture journey through the last five decades,” it presents a fascinating retrospective of Pat’s career -- and charts the moral freefall of our society. “If enough of us care, and act on it, maybe just maybe we can find our way home again,” he concludes.
Please take a few minutes to read Pat’s speech in its entirety, and then e-mail it to everyone you know. May the revolution he calls for begin!