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Its about more than just taxes
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Dear Editor,
I want to thank those who organized and attended last week’s “Tea Party” in Effingham County.  It’s refreshing to know there are others who realize our federal government has gotten so far to the left that something has to change.  

While some may think we are only about taxes and financial irresponsibility in Washington; from my perspective, we are about much more. I believe we must also be about freedom; about personal liberties; about unalienable rights. And we absolutely must be about changing the fact that the federal judiciary is ignoring the clear distinction between the limited powers of the federal government and the sovereign authority belonging to the people of the states.      

President John Adams warned that the U.S. Constitution would not be able to sustain our liberties if the American people abandon virtue and religion. He said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion... Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”    

In 1947, in the case Everson v. Board of Education, morality and religion began to be attacked by the federal courts. Federal judges began amassing control over morality and religion by discarding the traditional limitations of the religion clauses of the First Amendment. Over the years, by incorrectly applying First Amendment limitations as applicable to the states, very drastic and unacceptable changes in morality, criminal behavior, education and family stability have occurred.  This is called moral decline and the numbers are staggering.   

Today, there are those who (with the blessing of our government) are trying to remove every vestige of God and religion from the public square. This is wrong. This will destroy our country.  

Are we trying to force Christianity on everyone in America? Of course not. Freedom of religion means freedom to worship, or not to worship as you see fit. But we need to realize that our Founders defined a value system under which the government is to operate. That value system is based on “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” established in the Declaration of Independence. The Judeo-Christian principles which made America great must once again permeate our society.

So while we need to stop the huge waste of our tax dollars; for the sake of our children and our grandchildren, I hope and pray we are about so much more.        

Mark Weaver