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Claiming legal precedents, lawyers for a Wisconsin-based “charity,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation, have threatened to bring down the wrath and awesome power of the federal government upon duly elected Chairman Cathy Thigpen and the rest of the Okaloosa County School Board.
In a letter dated June 19, the FFRF says it represents a parent who is concerned that the county's children and parents are being intimidated and subjected to God by the School Board opening its meetings with an invocation.
The FFRF demands that the board stop its “religious ritual” in order to “protect the constitutional principle of separation between church and state,” thereby “protecting children from the coercion of school-sponsored prayer.”
A small yet historic comparison and warning may be drawn from threats ignored.
Jewish scholars are welcome to correct me or expand on the following premise if I'm misinformed. However, it appears that when Hitler and his Nazis clearly stated their intentions, among themselves the Jews in pre-war Europe separated into three basic categories:
1. Those who did not understand or ignored the coming storm.
2. Those who refused to believe the Nazi threat would be directed at them because they were fully assimilated and providing valuable contributions to their country as doctors, teachers, scientists, businessmen, etc.
3. Those who fully believed every Nazi word — the writing on the wall, so to speak. A very few Jews had the means to escape. Most did not.
The comparison is not perfect, yet conservatives in America today may wish to take note. Too many of us, much like many of the Jews of pre-war Europe, are being “rocked to sleep in the cradle of delusion.” In the United States of our generation, this very day, nearly everything for which this country has stood for over the past two and a half centuries is under attack.
From our Founding Fathers and a government “of, by and for the people” to rule by presidential decree and court-imposed fiat. From the sanctity of life and marriage to the abortion of innocent millions and the legalization of homosexual unions. From “In God We Trust” to the court-ordered banning of His name and threats against those who would invoke His guidance.
And this is just the tip of the “progressive” iceberg.
The subversion, mocking and decline of traditional American values has not come about or suddenly appeared by accident. From politicians robbing the Federal Treasury and creating a permanent “you owe me” underclass dependent upon the government in exchange for their vote; from churches which now preach a false gospel of whatever you want; from our courts which corrupt the rule of law; from radically liberal academics who denigrate our Founding Fathers and our nation's history; from a media which heap comic scorn and derision upon conservative ideals — it has all been well planned and carefully, patiently implemented over the past 100 years.
In faraway lands, upon the seas and in the air, generations of American veterans have demonstrated their allegiance to our country, to our people, to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.
So who will in this moment stand up and defend our country when we are under threat from within? Will the good people of Fort Wanton Beach and Okaloosa County stand up? It remains to be seen.
If, by chance, you doubt the internal threat to America, the threat to you and your family, I respectfully suggest you seek out and listen to a Nazi-era Jew or visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
If you do not believe that traditional American values are under attack … then speak to a Russian or East European who escaped to America from behind the Iron Curtain, or a Cuban who escaped Castro, or a Chinese family who escaped, or a Brazilian family, Iranian, Cambodian, Syrian … it can and does go on and on.
Ask them. They will all tell you the same thing.
If the so-called “progressives,” the limousine liberals who are tirelessly plotting against America, ever gain complete political power and successfully establish their godless government, then take heed.
If you believe in liberty and freedom, if you believe and hope and pray for a bright future in America, then stand up. If we fail, our name will be added to a list and the day or night will surely come when the power of the state, with an order in hand, will knock upon our door.
Laurie J. Bartlett is a resident of Shalimar.