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From page A7 | September 27, 2013 | 46 Comments

EDITOR:

Yes. The United States of America is a Christian nation. Our country was founded as a Christian nation. Our Judeo/Christian culture has enabled our country and its peoples to become the pinnacles of human kindness, self-sacrifice, fairness, decency and prosperity.

Being a Christian nation does not mean that we reject peoples of other religions. It means that we believe:

• “… all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (This quote is from our Declaration of Independence.)

• “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” (This quote is from the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights.)

Further, it means we recognize and support the worth of every individual and welcome that individual to support, protect and prosper our — their — country. Hindus, Hmongs, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and many others are all encouraged, when coming to the USA, to fully assimilate into our culture.

Just as “freedom of speech” has certain legal and proper restrictions, the free exercise of religion has certain legal and proper restrictions. One cannot shout fire in a darkened theater as this could cause injury and death to many people. Also, one cannot deliberately spread false and malicious tales about another as this would likely damage that other person. Religions which permit parents from withholding needed medical treatment from their young children are not to be sanctioned. Also, religions which promote the overthrow of our governmental system should not be permitted to exist in the USA.

Considering the foregoing, why then are Christians, especially Evangelical Christians who profess Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior, being ridiculed and even persecuted here in our country?

Why does our president, Barack Obama, say that we are not a Christian nation? And, further, he states and I quote: “I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” But, he never speaks out against the atrocities suffered by Christians worldwide. And, as reported by the Breitbart news organization, “American PC culture — especially in Hollywood — has reached the point where Islam cannot ever be targeted. It is a protected faith. On the other hand, Christianity can be mocked endlessly.” The president says nothing about this treatment of Christians in the United States.

The Department of Defense seems to be the fastest mover in the Obama administration in targeting and persecuting Christians. Some examples are:

• Some training material recently obtained by the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty shows that Catholics and Evangelical Christians were included with Al Qaeda, Hamas and Sunni Muslims as religious extremists.
• The Department of Air Force removed a painting with biblical reference from the dining hall at an Air Force Base in Idaho. The Air Force complied within 56 minutes after receiving a request for action from Mikey Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
• Lt. General Jerry Boykin (Ret.) was pressured by the Pentagon to withdraw from a speaking engagement at West Point because Weinstein labeled him a “vile Islamaphobe.” (Lt. General Boykin had a distinguished career and at one post was the Commanding General for all Green Berets and at another post he commanded the Delta Force. He eagerly admits he is a Christian.)
• In January, a cross and steeple were removed and cross-shaped windows were boarded up at a chapel in a remote Army base in
Afghanistan.
• A chaplain at Air Base Elmendorf in Alaska is being investigated while told to remove a posting on his Web page which delved into a World War I chaplain’s statement that there are no atheists in foxholes.
• The Pentagon has raised several issues regarding Christian chaplains proselytizing when doing their duties to the men and women in their assigned units.
• Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse was disinvited by the Pentagon as its primary speaker at its National Day of Prayer celebration. This “disinvite” was pressured by Mikey Weinstein.

These are not the only biases against Christians as colleges and universities continually take actions to treat Christians as second-class members of our society. A lady at a college in northern California was told to remove a necklace which had a cross attached to it. Christian speakers are continually harassed by Muslim groups, some even physically; with some invitations being rescinded at the last moment.

I earnestly pray the world will change and be charged with the love and forgiveness offered by Jesus Christ.

EDWARD T. BERNHOFT
Cameron Park

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  • James E.September 16, 2013 - 5:31 pm

    Chaplains in the military are there to counsel and comfort. They are not there to convert anyone to any religion. Franklin Graham -- if he was truly a devoted Christian as he claims, he would give away his worldly goods and go to a mountain top to live and pray for the rest of his life. Instead, he leads a life of comfort living off the contributions of many who can sorely afford it. Truly, a Republican businessman specializing in religion.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 16, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    Mr. BERNHOFT ought to give more consideration to the heavy component of Freemasonry in the foundation of our country and it's founding documents. Perhaps Mr. BERNHOFT is unaware that the Torah the Koran as well as the Bible adorn, side by side, on the Altar of Freemasons. The "Grand Architect of the Universe" is more appropriately the founding Spirit of America.

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  • EvelynSeptember 17, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Who among us would dare contradict Mr. Bernhoft's assertion that we have "become the pinnacles of human kindness, self-sacrifice, fairness, decency and prosperity"?

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  • James E.September 17, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Evelyn, I'll contradict Mr. Bernhoft's assertion. Some of us, but certainly not all, are kind, self-sacrificing, fair, decent, and prosperous. A perfect citizen and a perfect nation? Mr. Bernhoft has been smoking something that has clouded his mind. Phil's comment at 8:36pm should be read by all. Torah, Koran, and the Bible!

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  • EvelynSeptember 17, 2013 - 10:47 am

    From our very own ............... Miss California (!!!) HERE: I believe as one of the most powerful countries in the world, we do have an ethical obligation to prevent, you know, a leader of a country who is using chemical weapons on his people. I believe, we should use, um, you know, congressional, uh, support, if we can, and refer to the UN, cause this is something we all need to handle together.

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  • EvelynSeptember 17, 2013 - 10:48 am

    "No Child Left Behind"??????????

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 6:57 am

    Evelyn, Thanks for the laugh. It is depressing to see what passes for education, but who said the billlioooonnnssss and billlliiiioooonnnnsss we spend on the teachers unions has anything to do with education? A criminal enterprise using the kids as hostages.

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 7:47 am

    It's OK, Cookie. Things will get better with Common Core. (You saw the bit about euthanasia being a vaccine?)

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  • PvillejackSeptember 27, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Sorry to disappoint Mr. Bernhoff, but our country is not a Christian Nation. Thankfully we have freedom of religion which gives Mr. Bernhoff the right to believe whatever he likes. The Treaty of Tripoli, which was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate states, "As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion". Our founders did not want to see in America what had been going on in Europe for hundreds of years, namely different sects of Christians killing each other so they did not establish any church or religion in our nation, but they made sure that the people had the right to practice, or not practice which ever faith they choose. By the way, I am a Christian.

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 10:21 am

    pville Jack, you are correct that we are not a Christian nation as no such thing exists. But you are wrong about freedom of religion. I do not subscribe nor do I adhere to the religion of leftism, environmentalism or any of their many tentacles, yet I am forced to live under their doctrines and pay for their advancement. How come the separation of church and state does not apply to government sponsored leftism?

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 10:57 am

    If we were a Christian nation, there would be no need for the Constitution. The Declaration was written on the Christian principle of listing grievances and trespasses and declares that individual freedom and liberty comes from our creator and not government but that does not make us a Christian nation (not sure how that would even be defined). The founders, mostly Christian, were unparalleled students of human nature. They did not write the Constitution to proclaim Christianity over any other belief system, they wrote it understanding the truth about human nature. Both from human history and the Bible they knew that protections and limitations needed to be placed on any system of government. They knew the corrupting influence that comes with governments of men. They even questioned whether such a thing was possible. They debated it, they wrote essays about it, they painstakingly labored over it, they warned of the dangers that would arise. They gave it their best shot at preserving freedom and liberty knowing full well that it would only be a matter of time before the failure to educate would eventually lead to what we are witnessing take place in the magnificent gift they gave us. Imagine the things todays leftists would be accusing those who founded this country of if they were in congress today.

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 11:03 am

    Yes Evelyn, I saw it. Not sure whether to laugh or cry.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 11:09 am

    Cookie, aren't the founding fathers better described as Deists?

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 11:14 am

    When the ballplayer hits a home run he thanks God. When he strikes out, not a word.

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 11:17 am

    James: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 11:48 am

    James, a number of them were Deists. Deism being the view that the natural world holds the evidence that a supreme creator is behind our existence. They were not anti-Christian, they were anti-religion. They held the person of Christ and the principles of the Bible in the highest regard. “The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power themselves… these clergy, in fact constitute the real Anti-Christ.” – Thomas Jefferson

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 11:52 am

    James, religion is in fact one of the ways the founders understood the corruptive nature of power. And how that power entrusted into a few will always lead to tyranny. Lest we forget why the Pilgrims fled here in the first place. And why they sought to establish freedom of religion.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    A bit off topic, but green eggs and ham. Sam doesn't like green eggs and ham, and doesn't want to eat them anywhere. But, finally Sam tries green eggs and ham and likes them. Much like Obamacare.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    Cookie, true, and that's why state and religion must be separated. Any church that gets involved in politics should pay taxes.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Senator Cruz apparently didn't understand the message of green eggs and ham. Little kids do, but not the Senator.

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.” ― James Madison, The Federalist Papers

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Cookie, I sometimes think about angels. I have had an extremely lucky life. Everything has gone my way, so do I have an angel on my shoulder? Or, has it been pure chance?

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    James, you would be interested in knowing that eric holder and the IRS coached certain churches on how to engage in political activity and keep their tax-exempt status. I know you support fairness. http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/13/eric-holder-irs-officials-coached-tax-exempt-black-ministers-on-how-to-engage-in-political-activity/

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    Cookie, the Daily Caller. A reputable site?

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    James, do any of the dims understand the 3 Little Pigs? They want to punish everyone who built a brick house.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:11 pm

    The Tucker Carlson site. Sorry Cookie, enough said.

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    James, if you are waiting for pmsnbc to report on anything this corrupt regime does, you will not want to hold your breath.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    The three little pigs. Was the pig who built his house of bricks punished? As an aside, he should have built his house with stone (build with stone, you build forever). I have a dining room table made from granite from Italy. It is millions and millions of years old and will outlast me.

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  • Jim RiordanSeptember 27, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Cookie, I think it is time for change. . .the ticket for 2016 s/b "Weiner/Holder" . . . or do we already have that?

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    The Senate has voted and the ball is now back in the House court. Boehner may have to use Democratic votes to get anything passed.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    Meanwhile in the House, Tea/Republicans are strapping explosives onto their chests and threatening to blow up America if they don't get their way. Suggest we all get into the bunkers now to help avoid blast waves.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Just did a quick trip through Drudge and see that Pat Buchanan is advising House Tea/Republicans to fix bayonets. I wonder how Pat knows about bayonets? He didn't serve in Vietnam because he had a bad knee. As soon as the draft was over his knee healed itself. It was a miracle. Praise God.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Sorry, I have to go. My wife purchased a chair from Ikea. And you have to put chairs from Ikea together!!!! This may take days.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 27, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    James, buy th' Missus a tool box.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Job complete. Key to putting Ikea stuff together. Read the instructions.

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  • PvillejackSeptember 27, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Cookie65, Leftism is not a religion, just like rightism, or teapartyism.

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 6:09 am

    Au contraire pvillejack, leftism is religion. Omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent government is its god. The benevolence of never ending government is all one needs to have faith in. It will provide for you from cradle to grave with manna from Washington. Throw out those offensive 10 Commandments and bow down to the 10's of thousands of government commandments. All your worldly possessions are subject to being current on your compulsory tithing. Even the planet we call home is under the all-knowing care of the god of leftism, safe from the foreign species known as homo sapiens. After all, the god of leftism can even control the weather.

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 6:14 am

    Submission to the God of the universe is an act of volition and free-will. Submission to the god of leftism is not.

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 6:20 am

    Seek not your own revenge for the god of leftism will bring you justice. You will receive your fair share.

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  • am medeirosSeptember 28, 2013 - 11:50 am

    THANK YOU MR. EDWARD T. BERNHOFT, that was very well put. I agree with you wholeheartedly. ~Stand up for Jesus, don’t be ashamed. Forever hallowed is His matchless name. Shout from the roof tops of His goodness toward you, proclaiming the word of the Lord is what God wants us to do. He said be not afraid of what man can do, when the Father is for you who can be against you. Protection is in Him, all power is in His hands, no one is above Him, not one single man. Look up to the Father, He is full of Mercy and Grace, He is the one from one man created the human race. Praise the name of Jesus, He is savior, He is Lord, all the saints of God worship him with one accord. Be a witness, move swiftly, scream, and shout, And be God's messenger to what Jesus is all about.~ Taken From the book, "All For Jesus" (c) 2006

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  • citizenSeptember 28, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    The U.S. government derives from people (not God), as it clearly states in the preamble: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union...." The omission of God in the Constitution did not come out of forgetfulness, but rather out of the Founding Fathers purposeful intentions to keep government separate from religion.

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    pvillejack, when I asked about being forced to live under and pay for the religion of leftism and environmentalism, Thomas Jefferson said it better than I can, ""To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

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  • EvelynSeptember 29, 2013 - 7:54 am

    "Breaking Their Will: The Sick Biblical Literalism That Leads to Child Abuse and Even Death" - HERE

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  • cookie65September 29, 2013 - 10:11 am

    Evelyn, are you familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church? It is comprised basically of a grandpa who claims to be a pastor and his family. The entire group is sick and twisted in their "interpretation" of scripture. There is a group that opposes them at funerals for the fallen that don't get any press from the media who like to portray Westboro as a symbol of Christianity. The group is the Patriot Guard Riders. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXTOlqb0f9o

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  • EvelynSeptember 29, 2013 - 10:16 am

    Cookie: You gave me a scare; thought Westboro might be in Placerville. Relieved to find they're half way across the country, though who knows what is situated between us and them.

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  • MorrisSeptember 29, 2013 - 11:55 pm

    I hope and pray that the wisdom of our founding fathers for a separation of church and state remain unchanged from their original wisdom. And as a Christian, I hope and pray that no other faith practiced by man orders, allows or even reaches the number of killings that my own faith has over its long and bloodied history.

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