Letter to the Editor: Nation founded on princples taken from Bible


Once again, letter writer Gene Rigelon’s rhetoric is merely half-truths that ignore the obvious. The accomplishments made in the past 100 years in our country are truly blessings for all who reside in this nation but they would not have been possible without the principles put in place by our Founding Fathers. It is only those freedoms spelled out by men with a God-centered world view that allow us to have a government that can be questioned and petitioned in the first place. Do we think that the citizens of North Korea and China will ever make the same strides toward human equality that have been done here?

Should we forget that our country was founded on the principles and objective moral values taken directly from the Bible? Can we forget the Mayflower Compact’s opening lines where we learn that the two primary reasons for coming to the new land were for the glory of God and to advance the Christian faith? Washington’s prayers for guidance? Lincoln’s references to God? Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer to the nation broadcast on radio? Throughout this nation’s history,  our leaders have looked to God for guidance not only in forming this republic but when it could easily have disappeared.

Perhaps Rigelon has forgotten these defining moments in our nation’s history. One of the more telling statements he made in a letter to the editor was his acceptance of John Spong arbitrarily redefining history. That is the epitome of convenience and a tactic used quite often by liberals today. If they don’t like history, simply re-write or ignore it.

Finally, we should address the subject of rights. Secular humanists support rights unless they disagree with their idea of who’s right. Thankfully, our Founding Fathers realized the importance of rights also and penned their thoughts in the Declaration of Independence: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.”  Justifiably, the writers believed rights were not given to us by fallible humans nor the government, but by God. Simply ignoring the historical evidence won’t make it go away.

Michael Dick, Front Royal