Letter: Our values are at a crossroads
We have reached a crossroads in our lives as Americans. At one time we were one people. There was a unity of language and a pride in who we were and our values were Judeo-Christian. American history demonstrates repeatedly that the country was founded on Christian principles.
Our president said, “One of the strengths of the United States is… we have a very large Christian population… we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”
Our common values were not built into America by Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus or atheists. They come through what the Founding Fathers established and believed. Jesus Christ is not a name to be despised or banned. He is everything we have been given as a people.
In 1861 Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase instructed James Pollock, director of the Philadelphia Mint, to prepare a motto. He wrote: “No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coin.”
In 1956 “In God we Trust” was imprinted on our money and proudly told the world who we were but sadly are no more. This truth was not coined by fanatics nor are the Ten Commandments merely suggestions. America’s rules of conduct were based on Christian values.
However, Washington is no longer for the people, it is a toxic environment. They want to control what we do, what we say and what we eat. They have put Christianity on the chopping block because we clash with the secular world we now live in. We must start fighting back or we will lose everything.
Perhaps that is our true destination.
Patricia Carter Harding