The editorials against the “North Carolina’s Christian Heritage” editorial are flawed.
Control over either Church or State by the other is restricted, but not religious principles, knowledge and morals, by the 1776 North Carolina Constitution. The Church does not want the State censoring speech on sin, nor performing the sacraments. The State does not want the Church doing police work, nor acting as judge and jury. However, Hitler’s State, Communist movements, as well as subversives infiltrate the Church. The separate functions of Church and State date back to The Old Testament; with The New Testament affirming the State’s position to protect the good and draw the sword against evil.
Who do we think wrote the 1776 North Carolina Constitution, with its “Protestant litmus test,” which is Christian and not a Church, to hold a State office?
One review stated that a preacher was not allowed to hold a State office, yet did not mention the clarifying part of that sentence: “while he continues in the exercise of the pastoral function.” The Protestants did not want dual positions held, Article 31. The Protestants wrote Article 34 as well: “That there shall be no establishment of any one religious church or denomination in this State, in preference to any other;…” An establishment of a church or denomination is an institution with structure; religion is a belief. The statement: “The intent…was to keep government out of religion and religion out of government,” is proven false by Article 32, with its very specific Protestant requirement.
The Ordinance of 1787, Article III states: “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
The second review, in error stated: “Religious freedom became a part of the First Amendment…” Religious freedom is the main part of the First Amendment; ratified in 1791. Jefferson distinguished between a Church: “an establishment of religion,” from the generic Christian religion, since even under his presidency church services were held in the House of Representatives, and he invited the military band to play. Today, the words Religious, Religion, and Church are erroneously considered synonymous.
George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation, proclaimed: “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will,…to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue,…”
Washington’s Farewell Address reminds us: ‘The name AMERICAN, which belongs to you,… With slight shades of difference, you have the same Religion, Manners, and political Principles.
Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, that should labor to subvert these great Pillars…’
Washington just said: political prosperity is supported by “the same Religion” (Christianity) and morality, and he who subverts them is not an American Patriot. That’s strong!
Walnut Cove, N.C.
Fly our flag with pride
To the editor:
I recently read an article about a patriotic Boy Scout getting tired of all the tattered U.S. Flags flying in his community with their edges shredded and colors faded by the weather. So Andrew Jenkins, age 14, of Mesa, Arizona and his friends in Troop 549 built red, white and blue flag collections boxes, placing them in Wal-Mart Supercenters, city office, and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.
Andrew’s project was to encourage disposing of flags properly and also a hint to those flying tattered flags to take them down. In three weeks he collected over 500 flags.
Did you know that our local Boy Scout Troop in Sandy Ridge also has a flag box for disposing of flags that are no longer fit for flying? It’s a beautiful drive-up box located between the community building and The Ridge Store & Outfitters. Even if you don’t have a flag to bring, it’s worth a trip just to view the awesome art work on the medal flag above the box. There may be a flag disposable box in your community, check with your local Boy Scout Troop.
The American flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom and liberty in the world. Our flag waves in a wind that blows over all Americans regardless of their religious or cultural background. To this end, if you have a tattered flag flying, you are encourage to take it down and place in our Boy Scout flag disposable box or at another suitable location.
Think of all our heroes who died in all wars for our country and flag, especially think of our “Doughboys” from World War I, whose bodies piled high as they were mowed-down by German machine guns while charging from mud-filled trenches. Think of Sgt. Henry Gunther who was the last American to die in the Great War. He charged a German machine-gun position and was shot through the left temple and left side one minute before the truce went into effect at 1100 hours on November 11, 1918. Almost as he fell, with blood flowing from his lifeless body, the gunfire died away and an appalling silence prevailed as the truce began…
Remember, displaying no flag is better than displaying a tattered flag.
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY…FLY OUR FLAG WITH PRIDE!
Sandy Ridge, N.C.