Strawman Art is nowhere more in evidence than in the methodical erection and loud destruction of false arguments by liberals intent on demolishing the credibility of those who would remind us of the clear influence of America's Christian founding fathers and those today who advocate as "Americans for Christian Traditions in our Nation." Rather than address the facts raised by Christian conservative activists, the liberal critics so often simply rewrite the argument and then "win" the debate of their own creation.
So it was when I reported at Red State - admiringly - of the work of State Representative Seth Grove and State Representative Will Tallman in supporting and defending the resolution sponsored by State Representative Rick Sacconne, introduced on January 24, and subsequently passed unanimously in Pennsylvania, to declare and memorialize 2012 as The Year of the Bible."
Among the frequent, false and longest enduring criticisms by the liberals is that somehow, any move by Christians to recognize the importance of God in the history of America, is tantamount to the establishment by the federal government of a religion, which they aver, is exactly what their new hero and patron saint, Thomas Jefferson, so strongly opposed when he wrote somewhere in the Constitution, that we have erected a "wall of separation between Church and State."
State Representative Seth Grove told a breakfast gathering of "Americans for Christian Traditions in our Nation" last Saturday in New Oxford that the left is mad as heck at the Republican legislature in Pennsylvania for passing resolutions such as the "2012 Year of the Bible" and are going all out to restore Democratic control in Pennsylvania and across the nation. He called on Christian conservatives to rise up, defend their gains, repulse the left and increase their representation in government in this 2012 election.
State Representative Rick Saccone, noting what I am here calling "Strawman Art" - the fanciful use of rhetoric which is devoid of fact and very high on emotion and feeling, reacted by saying: "All those who say the Year of the Bible resolution is unconstitutional and that God is not a part of our government, have apparently never read our constitution. The Preamble says this. "We the People of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the Blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.' That's is a pretty powerful endorsement of God.
I will add to Rep. Saccone's astute and accurate observation: none of the critics have apparently read his resolution either, as they launch a hue and cry nationwide to criticize him, the legislators who voted for his proposal and the undersigned who applauds "The Year of the Bible."
To prove my point, notice that in the following eight paragraphs - which I say again have apparently NOT BEEN READ by any of the critics who accuse us Christians of attempting to remake America into a Christian theocracy exactly as feared by Thomas Jefferson, that the word "Christ" and "Christian" appear NOT a single time. As my original Red State article accurately reports, the "Christian traditions" in our nation are in fact, the reason that we have freedom of religion in America, a prohibition against the government imposing any religion or sect on the rest of us, and against the government STOPPING us from the "free exercise" of the religion of our choice. Unlike in England, from which the American revolutionaries separated themselves by the Declaration of 1776 and by their later adoption of a Constitution with a "Bill of Rights" which my namesake, Patrick Henry, helped draft with its critically important First Amendment.
Here then, is the actual text so studiously avoided by the critics of State Representatives Rick Saccone, Will Tallman and Seth Grove and applauded so vigorously by the "Americans for Christian Traditions in our Nation" last week at a Breakfast which the undersigned was proud to have been named to the "Host Committee" for, and whose organizers I applaud:
WHEREAS, The Bible, the word of God, has made a unique contribution in shaping the United States as a distinctive and blessed nation and people; and
WHEREAS, Deeply held religious convictions springing from the holy scriptures led to the early settlement of our country; and
WHEREAS, Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, Many of our great national leaders, among them President Washington, President Jackson, President Lincoln, President Wilson and President Reagan, paid tribute to the influence of the Bible in our country’s development, as exemplified by the words of President Jackson that the Bible is “the rock on which our Republic rests”; and
WHEREAS, The history of our country clearly illustrates the value of voluntarily applying the teachings of the scriptures in the lives of individuals, families and societies; and
WHEREAS, This nation now faces great challenges that will test it as it has never been tested before; and
WHEREAS, Renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through holy scripture can strengthen us as a nation and a people; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives declare 2012 as the “Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania in recognition of both the formative influence of the Bible on our Commonwealth and nation and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures.
(say thank you: ://www.repgrove.com, http://www.repwilltallman.com, http://www.repsaccone.com or go to their Facebook page. For a JPG of this Resolution suitable for framing go to my facebook page, http://www.Facebook.com/HanoverHenry)