Faith, Freedom, and the Fourth of July

A little-known resolution put forth on Independence Day confirms America’s Christian roots

Every year, the nation comes together to celebrate the Fourth of July and commemorate the day our Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence, breaking from England and establishing a new nation.

“That Dr. Franklin, Mr. J. Adams and Mr. Jefferson, be a committee, to bring in a device for a seal for the United States of America.”

Looking back 240 years later, the current atmosphere in our culture ignores many of the religious contributions that surrounded the founding of our nation — and the document that was put forth.

The crux of the Declaration of Independence points out that our rights are given to us by God: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

What many people don’t know or don’t remember is that another resolution was put forward in that same meeting of the Continental Congress — right after the Declaration of Independence was approved.

The resolution that was put forward was as follows: “That Dr. Franklin, Mr. J. Adams and Mr. Jefferson, be a committee, to bring in a device for a seal for the United States of America.”

These three Founding Fathers — forever etched in history for their great contributions to the forging of our country — each put forth a design for a seal on this same historic day when they claimed their freedom from the British.

Two of the three designs put forth by these titans of American history were profoundly Christian.

Benjamin Franklin’s own notes indicate the design he put forth for discussion was this: “Moses standing on the Shore, and extending his Hand over the Sea, thereby causing the same to overwhelm Pharaoh who is sitting in an open Chariot, a Crown on his Head and a Sword in his Hand. Rays from a Pillar of Fire in the Clouds reaching to Moses, to express that he acts by Command of the Deity.”

Under the image described above would be an inscription with the motto: “Rebellion to Tyrants is obedience to God.”

For Thomas Jefferson — which Adams documented in a letter — it was as follows:

“The Children of Israel in the Wilderness, led by a Cloud by day, and a Pillar of Fire by night.”

While all of the designs put forth on Independence Day were tabled by the Continental Congress at the time, the phrase E Pluribus Unum, or “Out of Many, One,” came about in those initial designs and was adopted at a later date.

But perhaps more importantly, these designs offer insight into the Founders’ plan for our nation and — whether our culture today approves or not — that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.

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Rush Limbaugh: Pope Squishes Out on Kim Davis

RUSH: In addition to that, the pope, the Vatican, they’re walking back the fact that they met with Kim Davis.  This is unheard of.  I have never heard of anything like this.
The Vatican is like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa wait a minute, maybe we didn’t meet with Kim Davis. Well, we did, but we didn’t. No, no, no, don’t we’re not necessarily — no don’t think that we are.”  I have never seen this kind of squishiness.  I’m telling you, folks, the left is corrupting everything it touches.  It’s not uplifting anything. It isn’t fixing anything. It isn’t strengthening anything. It is corrupting and destroying everything it touches…

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Pope Francis Met Secretly With Kim Davis, Offered His Support and Prayers

Pope Francis met privately with controversial Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis and her husband while he was in Washington, DC last week.

Inside the Vatican Magazine is reporting that Davis, the Kentucky County Clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was invited to meet privately with Pope Francis in the Papal Nunciature in Washington, DC after his historic address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.

Davis told Inside the Vatican’s editor Robert Moynihan, “The Pope spoke English. There was no interpreter.” The Pope thanked her for her courage. Davis said, “I had asked a monsignor earlier what was the proper way to greet the Pope, and whether it would be appropriate for me to embrace him, and I had been told it would be okay to hug him.

“So I hugged him, and he hugged me back. It was an extraordinary moment. ‘Stay strong,’ he said to me. Then he gave me a rosary as a gift, and he gave one also to my husband, Joe. I broke into tears. I was deeply moved.”

Davis then said the Pope asked for her prayers and she asked for his. “He assured me that he would pray for me,” she said.

Francis gave Davis and her husband blessed Rosaries and they told Inside the Vatican they would be giving the Rosaries to her parents who are both Catholic. After years away from the Church, Davis became an Evangelical some years ago.

Inside the Vatican says “Vatican sources” have confirmed the meeting.

On the plane home to Rome on Sunday evening, Terry Moran of ABC News asked the Pope if he supported “those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example in issue marriage license to same sex couples? Do you support those kinds of claims of religious liberty?”

Francis replied, “Conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.

“Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right, a human right. Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying ‘this right that has merit, this one does not.’ It (conscientious objection) is a human right.”

Moran pressed, “Would that include government officials as well?”

Pope Francis replied, “It is a human right and if a government official is a human person, he has that right. It is a human right.”

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