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in Basic Life Principles, Faith and Action, and International Reapers
Foundation Inc. are nonprofit organizations representing thousands
of constituents across the United States and Canada and, in fact,
internationally. They appeal to this court to recognize this subtle
and insidious attack under the guise of religious freedom upon the
very citadel of American freedom, the PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT of
the United States. The success of the respondent would result in a
death blow to the moral stability of this nation and would have a
tragic ripple effect around the world. We urge this court to reverse
the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the issues raised in this
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to Faith and Action and attorney of more than 50 years Bernie Reese
has authored a groundbreaking legal brief defending the public display
of the Ten Commandments. Click
here fro more to read this historic argument clearly setting forth
the spiritual, moral and social crisis in our country and its remedy
outlined by the Founding Fathers
Mr.Bernie Reese, Esq. speaks during a Faith and Action press conference
on religious expression in front of the Senate
Dirksen office building.
the Lord! In answer to prayer, the ruling in the Pledge of Allegiance
case leaves the phrase "under God" intact. The majority opinion, however,
prophesies further assaults yet to come. They avoid the responsibility
to reaffirm the philosophy of our government established by the founding
fathers that we are a nation under God and rely upon His protection
and direction. Justice O'Connor on a "close question," upheld the
Pledge finding that saying the word God was simply "ceremonial deism."
On the other hand, Chief Justice Rehnquist sustained the term "under
God," affirming the historical recognition of God by its leaders.
Justice Thomas stated: ".religious liberty rights are not in question
and the Pledge policy fully comports with the Constitution." The reality
of God as the foundation of this nation is at stake here. Stepping
back into the twilight of the birth of this nation, the Declaration
of Independence lay on the table before the Founders, which stated
that we were endowed by our "Creator" with certain inalienable rights.
The last needed signature had just been added. Some men wept openly;
many fell to their knees in prayer. Those delegates endorsed their
convictions attesting: "With a firm reliance on the Protection of
Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes,
and our sacred Honor." Reasserting that conviction, Congress added
the words "under God" in 1954 stating: ".The human person is important
because he was created by God and endowed by Him with certain inalienable
rights.this is not an act of establishing a religion.a distinction
must be made between the existence of a religion as an institution
and the belief in the Sovereignty of God.America cannot be defended
by guns, planes, or ships alone.We should at all times recognize God's
Providence over the lives of our people and over this great nation."
Surely, but certainly, our courts are legislating for us the Satanic
religion of ATHEISM. The resulting moral collapse and chaos is evident
in every quarter of our society. We must recognize the disastrous
consequences of removing God and His laws as our foundation. The godless
governments of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany with their destruction
of human life and liberty are within our recent memory. The Nuremberg
trial record discloses the German government stating: "More and more
the people must be separated from the churches. never again must any
influence on leadership of the people be yielded to the churches."
In response, United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson stated:
"The terror of Torquemada pales before the Nazi Inquisition. If we
cannot eliminate the causes and prevent the repetition of these barbaric
events, it is not an irresponsible prophecy to say that this 20th
century may yet succeed in bringing the doom of civilization." We
must not permit the removal of God as this nation's absolute foundation.
The consequences of misery and destruction of human life are inevitable.
The battle that confronts us is the defense of the very foundation
of this nation.