In only 34 days, Obama has managed to eliminate any reference to “Creator” from any recitation made of the Declaration of Independence. America’s framers designed a concept, that all men have been “endowed by their Creator” with “certain unalienable rights,” including “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But in 3 separate occasions in that period, Obama eliminated any reference to a “Creator”.
The real answer may be a little difficult to determine. Odds are that using a teleprompter, which Obama uses very frequently during speeches, may give a hint. He reads over them carefully before each speech. The same kind of omission of the key statement of the Declaration is just not done. It was willful, and it was deliberate.
Even the American Thinker believes it probably was that Obama intentionally ignored his teleprompter, which he was told to do several times. His speech—issued in both Spanish and English—had neither version mentioning the Creator.
Obama wants to make his speeches as secular as possible. He doesn’t want any mention of a god, a Creator, or any Higher Power. Government is solely responsible.
Bryan Fisher (American Family Association) admits it was clearly not a mistake: “I think the left hates the Declaration of Independence because it so explicitly refers to God, it refers to the Creator as the source of our unalienable rights. It refers to the founders’ belief that they had a firm reliance upon the protection of divine providence.”
Exactly who, or what, endows us with unalienable rights? We know the government made no such pronouncement. It’s likely that Obama, with God out of the way, wants to possibly make some rights himself.
Examples that might come rolling of the lips of some might be the alleged rights to be homosexual, to abort, to be transgendered, to marry anyone/anything, to work in any job, to not be drafted, to smoke/ingest drugs, etc… Potentially, these omissions open up far more specious issues than one can imagine, and the fact if someone actually knows what a right is. Many things one can legally do, but they’re a far cry from the stated rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, elucidated by the Declaration.
When asked why the president did not use the words “endowed by their Creator” in his recent speeches, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters “I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence.”
In truth, that raises a whole plethora of additional questions: Does he believe in all of the Declaration? What parts? Did he have full knowledge of his omissions? What are his eventual intentions? Was the question in doubt really answered? What does the Creator think about this?
Kevin Roeten can be reached at [email protected].