July 4: A Brief Reflection on the Current State of These United States

“The Civilization that forgets to tell its story…dies.”  PlatoFireworks2

“Western Civilization is merely a footnote to Plato.” Alfred Whitehead

“God is smarter than Plato.” William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation

“The economic problem runs into the political problem which in turn runs into the philosophical problem which runs into the moral problem and almost indissolubly with the religious problem.”  Irving Babbitt, Democracy and Leadership (1924)

“Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience.

Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive.  Without God, there is a coarsening of the society.  And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.  If we ever forget that we’re One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”  Ronald Reagan, U.S. President

A federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman (DOMA) has been overturned by a vote of 5-4 in spite of the fact that both houses of Congress voted overwhelming for the Defense of Marriage Act.

“We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic.”  Franklin Roosevelt, U.S. President

The Bible is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God, and spiritual nature and needs of men.  It is the only guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation.  America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the element of righteousness which is derived from the revelation of Holy Scripture.”  Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President

“But Jesus told them, He wrote this commandment for you because of the hardness of your hearts.  But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female.  For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” Mark 10:5-7

“During his address [White House commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, June 29, 2009] President Obama belittled those who ‘still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes’ (like the notion that homosexual practice is wrong according to the Bible or the idea that marriage is the union of a man and woman).  And the president singled out Frank Kameny for special praise and appreciation—a man who wrote in 2008, ‘Let us have more and better enjoyment of more and better sexual perversions, by whatever definitions, by more and more consenting adults’…a man who stated that the God of the Bible is a ‘sinful homophobic bigot’ who needs to repent. Of this man President Obama said, ‘And so we are proud of you, Frank, and we are grateful to you for your leadership.” Michael L. Brown, A Queer Thing Happened to America, p. 19.

“Your God of Leviticus (and of the whole Bible) is clearly a sinful homophobic bigot.  He should repent of his sinful homophobia.  He should atone for that sin, and should seek forgiveness for the pain and suffering which his sinful homophobia has needlessly inflicted upon gay people for the past 4,000 years.” Frank Kameny cited in Ibid., p. 601.

“We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown, but we have forgotten God.”  Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

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