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The Backsliding of America – LewRockwell LewRockwell.com

Posted by M. C. on October 26, 2021

His book lists 45 aggressive goals with which the communists planned to destroy a free nation from inside. The five listed below have already done serious damage to America:

1. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.

  1. Present immorality as “normal, natural and healthy.”
  2. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity.
  3. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
  4. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/10/dr-igor-shepherd/the-backsliding-of-america/

By Dr. Igor Shepherd

Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve
your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall
repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.
John Adams-1756

I left the lifeless credos of Russia and moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1993, a few years after the Iron Curtain collapsed. The “perestroika” in the new Russian Federation did little to change the lives of average Russian citizens who were scraping by to feed their families. Mother Russia still felt cold and lifeless, and the people ambled to-and-fro with the same anxieties and suspicions. I was still an active reserve officer for the Strategic Rocket Force when I married my wife, June, an American flight attendant, and moved to the USA. It did not take long for me to notice that there were a lot of churches in and around Seattle. I could not help but consider that maybe the reason America was so awesome was because of their faith in God.

The change for me was enormous. I could not speak fluent English and I was experiencing a way of life that was both astounding and daunting at the same time. Seattle itself was an intoxication to my senses. The fishy smells of the Puget Sound, the vibrant ferry trips to flowery islands, and the quiet hum of luxury cars speeding down the smooth freeways was an unexplainable pleasure. Unlike the citizens in Russia, I noticed people laughed and showed a lot of emotion in public.

When I experienced my first encounter at a fast-food drive-thru I was hooked. My patient wife put up with my need to eat fast food every day for months. But it was my first visit inside the grocery store, standing in front of a long aisle full of all kinds of amazing breads, that the realization of communism versus God hit me. In Russia we had only two choices for bread—dark or white—nothing soft and fancy like the breads before me. As I stood there in that aisle, frozen, gawking, June looked over and caught my angry expression. She asked if I were okay. I did not know how to tell her that I felt cheated and deceived by my country of birth.

Religious persecution has been part of history in almost every nation, and America is no exception. When the Puritans fled England to America in 1620, due to persecution against their Christian beliefs, their goal was freedom to exercise their faith and worship God based on Biblical scripture of the Old and New Testaments. They wanted the right to connect to God under a one-on-one relationship, not through papal authority and legalistic rituals the Catholic church in England had strictly imposed. But once the Puritans, America’s first Protestants, arrived on America’s shores, they lost sight of the true Christian message of mercy and soon were persecuting other Protestant sects with different religious viewpoints, non-believers, American natives, and their new neighbors, the Catholics, who had also migrated to the New World.

I can imagine after living through rough bullying in England for their beliefs, the Puritans did not want to chance a repeat of persecution through a Catholic takeover in America, and thus why they tried to purify their faith in the new land. But their actions, and the disputes between other religious groups, simply led to greater conflicts. But though these clashes occurred, America was still considered a Christian-founded nation because there is none righteous, no, not one, and America’s founding fathers recognized this truth and the undeniable fallibility of man. They understood that to build a free and morally safe country Biblical principles were important enough to be implemented within society and judicial law, as well as equal protection for all religious beliefs.

The citizens and leaders of the USA put God first and allowed His handprints to be stamped across America. Though the people were far from perfect, their choice to adhere to Godly tenets blessed the nation. People lived as free men and women, with the right to follow their dreams and visions, and be rewarded for their labor with private ownership of land and homes. As America rose to superpower position, so did her bold witness of Jesus Christ to the world.

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