This week’s Dot.Commentary is the text of remarks that Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse made at a press conference at the National Press Club on November 17th. Along with Alan Keyes, Gary Bauer, Tony Perkins and others, Janice made a statement about how judicial activism is destroying religious freedom. The Press Conference, sponsored by Vision America, addressed the fact that the 10 Commandments are the moral basis of law in this nation and that those same Commandments are the foundation of democracy and a civil society; when people have no agreed-upon standards of honorable behavior toward each other and respect for God, chaos ensues and liberty is destroyed.
Thomas Nagel, in his book, The Last Word, wrote: “I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.”
Today, there are more and more people who are taking that stance. They don’t want there to be God; they don’t want a universe where there is any authority to whom they are accountable.
Far too many of them are judges who are legislating their personal views into public policy.
And, far too many of them are politicians who are using demagoguery to convince people that religious freedom is the problem that people of faith who believe in the 10 Commandments are extremists. Of course, they never substantiate such charges with actual examples of something extreme that’s been done. But their demagoguery is an effective tool in getting their personal ideology shaped into public policy.
And that, after all, is the goal.
Without moral accountability, we have no reverence for life; there is a lawless demand for the right to kill helpless unborn babies in the womb. The next big goals are the right to kill the aged and infirmed and to make children autonomous from their parents to enable children to make decisions (especially for abortion) without parental consent.
The 10 Commandments provide basic principles for civil society. They describe how people ought to interact with each other with honor and integrity. And, they state our relationship with God. The 10 Commandments lay down boundaries for honorable behavior. These commandments acknowledge that there must be accountability democracy depends upon honorable behavior among citizens.
From the Ninth Circuit Court decision on the Pledge of Allegiance, to campus speech codes that prohibit speaking biblical truth about homosexuality, religious freedom is being demolished all around us.
But, this is not just a Judeo-Christian issue or even just an issue for religious people.
All liberty is at stake when any liberty is threatened.
Concerned Women for America is part of a coalition sponsoring a nationwide petition drive for the 10 Commandments. See CWA’s home page for more information.