Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Christianity essential for society to be free

About three years ago, I pondered whether Americans would be celebrating future Independence Days with as many constitutional liberties as we have had.

While Americans still enjoy many more liberties than virtually anywhere else in any period of history, it remains sobering to consider whether or not these liberties are eroding.

Are we trending toward more or less liberty when:

• 1. Our government embarks on the widespread data collection of the daily communication or ordinary citizens?

• 2. Our government persists in punishing productive Americans through punitive taxation and regulations?

• 3. Our government refuses to reign in rampant deficit spending that will result in higher tax rates and fewer services?

• 4. Our government chooses to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to arm Islamic militants?

• 5. Our government shovels billions of dollars toward so-called green energy corporations that go bankrupt while, at the same time, it imposes harsh, costly penalties on the businesses that provide us with affordable energy?

• 6. Our government directs the IRS to create burdensome hurdles for the tax-exempt recognition of certain organizations while fast-tracking others?

• 7. Our government places our private medical information in the hands ot the IRS and other Affordable Care bureaucrats?

• 8. Our government health policies cause the cost of our health insurance and health care to increase dramatically?

All of these issues and more are unfolding before our very eyes. My personal answer is that we are trending toward less liberty as our government continues to vacate the provisions of the American Constitution.

Why is this taking place?

Because too many Americans have chosen to displace the Christian foundation of our republic with a form of humanism that abhors a morality based upon absolute standards. As colonial literature makes clear, a society that ignores the Christian faith cannot remain a free society.

As Alexis de Tocqueville traveled throughout this land in the early 19th century, he asked Americans “if [they] think religion is useful for the stability of law and the good order of society; [they] immediately respond that a civilized society, but above all a free society, cannot subsist without religion. Respect for religion, in [their] eyes, is the greatest guarantee of the stability of the state and the security of individuals.”

The accuracy of de Tocqueville’s observation is being borne out every year as we experience more and more the dismantling and collapse of our constitutional republic.

Have a glorious Fourth! While you can.

Charles A. Layne

Bunker Hill

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