Vail Valley Voices: Why we’re a Christian state
Vail, CO, Colorado
In reply to Henry Bornstein’s comments about the Christian Foundation of our country and myself, Jim Taylor, in his Jan. 3 letter, I have some issues that need to be clarified.
Twenty years ago, I decided I wanted to know the truth about our Christian heritage. As a Christian, the Bible tells us in John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth,” which I thought included the truth about our Christian heritage.
I already knew the beliefs of people like Henry Bornstein. In fact, before I started my research, I pretty much believed people like Mr. Bornstein.
I started my research by reading books by people like David Barton, “The Myth of Separation”; B. J. Lossing, “Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence”; M. E. Bradford, “A Worthy Company”; Stuart Gerry Brown, “We Hold These Truths”; John Eidsmore, “Christianity and the Constitution”; and others.
I was impressed by these books. However, I thought, is it possible for me to read the actual court cases and original state constitutions? Yes, at the University of Colorado’s law and government library, and also online.
The cases I read at the University of Colorado and made copies of were as follows: Church of the Holy Trinity v. U.S. 1892, Reynolds v. U.S. 1878, Davis v Beason1890, Vidal v. Girards Executors 1844, Murphy v. Ramsey 1885, Stone v. Graham 1980, Everson v. Bd of Education 1947.
Online I made copies of these court cases: People v. Ruggles 1811, Updegraph v Commonwealth 1824, City of Charleston v. S. A. Benjamin 1846, Runkel v. Winemiller 1799, The Commonwealth v. Sharpless 1815, Engel Et. Al. v. Vitale Et. Al. 1962, and Commonwealth v Nesbit 1859.
After reading these cases, I found that David Barton never misquoted any of them and I completely agree with his conclusions. I think anyone with an independent, unbiased view looking for the truth about our country’s foundation would agree.
I realize Mr. Bornstein disagrees with not only myself and David Barton, but with anyone, even judges like Judge Kent in the People v. Ruggles case and Justice Brewer in the Holy Trinity case when they disagree with his anti-Christian views.
As someone once said: “You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.”
It appears that Mr. Bornstein’s opinions have blotted out the facts about these cases so that he doesn’t even understand the intent of laws as opposed to the letter of the law.
I do not know how Mr. Bornstein seeks the truth. I don’t know if he is Jewish, Buddhist, an atheist or sits at home Sunday morning, stares into a mirror and worships himself.
But I do know he is not a truth seeker when it comes to seeking the truth about our country’s Christian foundation.
Why is it so important to know that our country was founded on Jesus Christ, most of our original states wanted Christian politicians, and the courts defended Christianity?
In 1816, John Jay, who was the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and co-author of the Federalist Papers, said, “Providence has given to our People the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
What happens when a Christian nation no longer has Christian rulers? When we have non-Christian rulers take an oath of office to the best of their ability to preserve, protect and defend the United States. Constitution and then when asked about our Constitution say things like: What Constitution? Or we don’t use the Constitution to do things or I don’t worry about the Constitution; I just do what is right.
What happens to the country? Can we trust those leaders (Democrat or Republican)?
I was in Vietnam when I was 19 years old as an infantryman in the Marine Corps. I was fighting an enemy that had no use for Jesus Christ or the freedoms that come from a Christian-influenced Constitution.
While at home, our leaders were taking those freedoms away from us. We now know our leaders lied to us about the Gulf of Tonkin incident that got us into that war.
Our current president, like the last three or four, has done virtually nothing to protect our northern and southern borders, and is suing Arizona for trying to. He has publicly stated that this country is not defined by our borders and that our Constitution has a lot of negatives in it.
When we look at the laws and regulations passed by the leaders of both parties and the freedoms we have lost, then we understand what John Jay was talking about.
For example: the Patriot Act which is in direct compliance with U.N. Resolution 1373, Continuity of Government Act, Presidential signing statements and executive orders like No. 12919, Military Commission Act of 2006, the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act of 2007, National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD51, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, Rex 84, Operation Garden Plot and Cable Splicer and Echelon (to name some of them). By the same people that say, “What Cnstitution?” They tell us what is right or wrong.
When Henry Bornstein disagrees with state constitutions or court cases that talk of our Christian foundation, he tells us what is right or wrong. He says the judge’s decisions have no relevance to the issues presented or the cases did not involve the 1st Amendment or the U.S. Constitution.
Anyone reading these letters between Mr. Bornstein and myself must realize that one of us is wrong. I would suggest you read the original state constitutions and the original court cases I mentioned earlier in this letter and make up your own mind.