Archive for July, 2012

Christian principles the cornerstone of American democracy

President John Quincy Adams

When people object to religious influence in civic occasions, they often cite the constitutional separation of church and state. But that “wall of separation,” to use Thomas Jefferson’s phrase, was never intended to separate faith from public life. Nor was it intended to diminish the importance of faith in the founding of the republic.

The highest glory of the American Revolution” said John Quincy Adams, is that “it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

Adams, the son of one of the nation’s revolutionary Founding Fathers, followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming president of the United States. In an Independence Day speech at Newburyport, Mass.,on 1837, when he was 69 years old, the president spoke these following words. I hope you will think about them as you celebrate the birthday of our country.

“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day?” “Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity”?

Note: I found this quotation printed on the front of the bulletin Sunday at my church, Apostles Anglican, in Lexington.

 

Global warning

The world is on fire, and yet so many are unconcerned.

This week horrendous storms along the East Coast killed 20 people and left millions without power. Wildfires are raging in the West. Most of the country is experiencing record heat and severe drought.

Firefighters battling western wildfires. AP photo.

In Kentucky, there were warnings before the 100-degree heat of June and the parched landscape that looks more like the Serengeti than the Bluegrass. In January, we had tornadoes. In March, while it was still supposed to be winter, the mercury climbed to 80 degrees for a few days. In March, also, deadly tornadoes claimed many lives, destroyed West Liberty and ravaged other towns.

For at least 24 years, scientists have been warning this would happen as a result of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions that trap the sun’s radiation in the earth’s atmosphere. But many people refused to believe it. While the political debate continues over whether climate change is real or a liberal hoax, the scientific debate all but over.

Today the Associated Press reported that climate scientists are saying the extreme heat and weird weather patterns are a glimpse into what the near future will be like.

“This is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level,” said Jonathan Overpeck, professor of geosciences and atmospheric sciences at the University of Arizona. “The extra heat increases the odds of worse heat waves, droughts, storms and wildfire. This is certainly what I and many other climate scientists have been warning about.” (Read the entire text by clicking on this link.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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