Opinion by John Tutten:
“You think about the United States of America. We have a really good story called the Declaration of Independence. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that we’re endowed with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ That’s a wonderful story.”
So stated the current occupier of the Oval Office in Saigon this week to the Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). Do you notice something missing from this recitation? It’s just a few words, obviously inconsequential to this president. The clause he chose to alter should read, “that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
This is not the first time this president has altered the foundational principle of our civil society. He has made a concerted effort to eliminate the reference to a Creator whenever quoting this part of the Declaration throughout his time in office. The first few times you could see him hesitate before passing over the phrase, making a conscious effort to skip over it. Now he flows over it very naturally.
In an earlier speech at the Hanoi National Convention Center, Obama couldn’t resist quoting a kindred spirit, Ho Chi Minh.
“And on the day that Vietnam declared its independence, crowds took to the streets of this city, and Ho Chi Minh evoked the American Declaration of Independence. He said, ‘All people are created equal. The Creator has endowed them with inviolable rights. Among these rights are the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to the pursuit of happiness.’”
Is it not strange that a quintessential Communist like Ho Chi Minh will confirm the idea that we have unalienable rights that come from a Creator while this president will not? He quoted what Ho Chi Minh said verbatim, but in his own comments he time and time again leaves out that defining statement of truth.
What is it about the existence of a Creator that the Oval Office occupier is so averse to? He claims to be a Christian yet he refuses to acknowledge God’s role in our founding. Some assert that he is a closet Muslim, so maybe attributing our individual rights to a Christian God is insulting to Allah. (For you liberals, Christians and Muslims do not worship the same god.)
I believe the truth is that this president is really not a spiritually motivated person. Instead, he worships at the altar of grievance and government, iron-fisted government. He rejects our civil society and its republican principles and has dedicated his presidency to undermining both.
Notice in the first quote how he describes the Declaration of Independence as a “story” not as founding principles or beliefs, but a story. Maybe it was just a poor choice of words, but I believe he uses the word story here to refute the objective truth the Declaration enshrines. Ah, it’s just a story, no universal truths here.
This president’s god is his Marxist ideology – putting absolute power in the hands of a few masterminds. And this god is the only god allowed, all others must be eliminated. We’ve seen this with totalitarian regimes throughout history. The true Creator must be eliminated so the masterminds in their omnipotence can dictate what individual rights are. Individual worth, dignity, and sovereignty always suffer terribly when we are ruled by the subjective whims of humans rather than objective truth.
Dear readers, the truth of the existence of God is the real battle we face. Virtually everything conservatives are fighting against has its roots in this age-old battle. Too often we are preoccupied with fighting tactical skirmishes rather than the strategic war for the truth that separates us from the failed societies of history.
And we have so much ammunition. We have such good arguments to make. We do not have to use the Bible or theological gymnastics to make our case. The preponderance of scientific evidence best supports a theological worldview despite secular efforts to obscure this. Consider the following three arguments:
1) The universe had a beginning. Secular science confirms that the universe had an absolute beginning about 13.8 billion years ago. Time, matter, energy, and space itself came into being via the Big Bang. Prior to this, nothing existed. No quantum vacuums with fluctuating energy like secularists like to postulate. Nothing existed. Therefore something beyond time, matter, energy, and space had to have brought the universe into existence. Therefore, the cause had to be timeless, spaceless, immensely powerful, vastly intelligent and purposeful.
2) The universe is unimaginably fine tuned for life. The physical parameters of the universe are set to levels of precision that just could not have happened through a random explosion. Literally dozens of parameters that govern the universe’s physical laws are set to just the exact value they have to be for the universe to exist. However, there is no physical necessity for them to be set as they are. If any of these parameters are changed by an infinitesimal amount, the universe as we know it ceases to exist.
3) All biology runs on digital information. DNA that all life depends on is essentially a digital four-letter code that is very similar to the code running the machine you are reading this piece on but far more complex. The only mechanism we know of in nature that can generate such code is a mind.
So what is the best fit to this data? Clearly, it is a Creator who endows us with unalienable rights.