With America’s July 4th celebration just three weeks away, perhaps Americans should begin realizing that the attacks on America’s freedoms are real and have in effect taken a real toll on the beliefs of the Founding Fathers and begin looking for ways to restore those founding principles Jefferson inserted into America’s Declaration of Independence via America’s two foundational laws, “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

And ever since atheist Madelaine Murry O’Hara began her attack on America’s foundational book, the Bible, and its Christian principles in 1963, with her Arlington School District vs Scheripp lawsuit, a lawsuit sustained by the Supreme Court, America’s core principles of Freedom have been under attack, including the biblical teaching that marriage is between one man and one woman. (Genesis 1:24)

In the early 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville described how important God’s form of marriage was to the founding of Americans in these words: “… There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated.”

Now at a time when attacks on the family and on traditional marriage beliefs are increasing around the world, worldwide religions leaders representing fourteen world faiths were invited to the Vatican several years ago by Pope Francis for a three-day colloquium to discuss these attacks on traditional marriage and attempt to forge a coalition to restore traditional marriage as a foundational requirement for civilized nations. This colloquium was likely the first of many more colloquiums to be held in the future to address the efforts to destroy the principle if freedom embedded in both of America’s two Foundational Laws.

The reports of these colloquium said Pope Francis opened the first session of the colloquium with these words: “We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment. This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom, but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings, especially the poorest and most vulnerable … It is always they (the poorest) who suffer the most in this crisis.”

Pope Francis then referred to the rising generation and said: “It is important that they (the rising generation) do not give themselves over to the poisonous [mentality] of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern.” The Pope’s words are likely the opening salvos similar to those shots fired in 1775 at Lexington, Massachusetts against King George III’s soldiers by colonial patriots that began America’s Revolutionary War that ended up creating a new nation of freedom, even the United States of America.

One of the leaders of one of the churches who attended the colloquium reported to his people, “This (the Pope’s opening address) was followed by three days of presentation and discussion with religious leaders addressing the subject of marriage between a man and a woman. As I listened to the widest imaginable variety of worldwide religious leaders, I heard them agree completely with each other and express support for one another’s beliefs on the sanctity of the institution of marriage and of the importance of families as the basic unit of society. I felt a sense of commonality and unity with them.”

He continued his talk with these words: “During this colloquium, I observed that when various faiths and denominations and religions are united on marriage and family, they are also united on the values and loyalty and commitment which are naturally associated with family units. It was remarkable for me to see how marriage and family-centered priorities cut across and superseded any political, economic, or religious differences. When it comes to love of spouse and hopes, and worries, and dreams for children, we are all the same.” He all so told how one religious leader from Iran quoted two full paragraphs from the “Proclamation on the Family” issued by his church in 1996.

He then indicated that one of his colleagues to this colloquium “closed the colloquium with a powerful witness to the beauty of a committed marriage and to our belief in the promised blessings of eternal families.” His talk was titled: “Why Marriage and Family Matter – Everywhere in the World” with a subtitle “Family is the center of life and is the key to eternal happiness.” How true!

Let us hope this was the opening salvo for a continuing war on the attacks on the foundational beliefs of America’s freedoms.

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Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist who lives in Woodstock.

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