Movies show that freedoms vanish
On a recent trip to Kentucky, my wife and I decided to go see a movie at the local Lexington Theater. One of the premieres featured was the trailer for âGod Is Not Dead: Us The Peopleâ, a Christian drama film. It sounded interesting, and I learned that it was only shown on a few dates in October.
On our return home to Boulder City, we walked over to the Regal Theater in Sunset Station to see it. The film was excellent; it literally took our breath away. The performances of the actors were great. I came away with a renewed understanding of what our country was originally founded on, the vital importance of our Constitution and the freedoms and freedoms that many of us often take for granted.
The founding fathers of our great country had intelligent foresight when the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were created to understand the potential threat to our democracy. Here are just a few examples of the many religiously inspired symbols and words used in federal buildings in the nation’s capital.
Near the top of the Capitol is Moses and a reference to the Ten Commandments. At the entrance to the Supreme Court, the Ten Commandments are inscribed on the lower half of each oak door. The Ten Commandments are again referenced above where the judges sit.
Since 1789, each session of Congress has begun with a prayer given by a paid chaplain whose salary has been produced by the taxpayer. George Washington’s first Supreme Court judge, John Jay, said Americans should “select and prefer Christians over their leaders.”
According to the National Park Service, the Latin words “Laus Deo,” which translates to “praise (be) to God,” can be found on the east face of the aluminum cap atop the Washington Monument. Above the east door of the US Senate chamber reads âAnnuit coeptisâ (God has favored our businesses), above the south entrance, âIn God we trust. “
These are just a few examples of the creation of our government.
Little did I know this movie was the fourth in a series of “God Is Not Dead” films, which educate audiences on the ongoing challenges the average American faces when dealing with their government. All four are available on Amazon Prime.
It doesn’t matter if you are a religious person, as the storyline doesn’t push too much of a spiritual perspective. Simply, it shows how awakening, power and control are slowly undermining our freedom and the freedoms granted to us by our founders.
Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1722: “Without freedom of thought there can be no wisdom and public freedom, without freedom of speech …” Think about it as you think about what is happening with the social media giants that delete. -capacity of expression.
Carl Sandburg wrote: âWhenever a people or an institution forgets its difficult beginnings, it begins to deteriorate. Another truth that our educational institutions should never forget.
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G. Kevin Savord is currently a commercial pilot and former small business owner. He can be contacted at [email protected]