CNS, by Michael Chapman: Christian leader Franklin Graham sharply criticized a proposal in Massachusetts that would remove the word “God” from the state’s oath of office and amend the state constitution, drafted by Founding Father John Adams, to be more “gender neutral.”
It’s a shame, said Rev. Graham, “secularists across the country would like to completely wipe God from our nation’s past, present, and future. Let’s don’t let that happen.”
In the Bay State, State Rep. Mindy Domb (D-Amherst) has proposed an amendment that would change the state constitution from saying “so help me God” to, “This I do under the pains and penalties of perjury.” Almost every elected official in Massachusetts has taken the oath of office saying “so help me God” for more than 200 years.
Domb’s proposal was approved by the state government’s Joint Legislative Committee in late April and has the support of at least 13 other Democrats, reported The Salem News. The plan also calls for changing the pronoun “he” to “they” in the constitution, to make it more gender neutral.
The 1780 Constitution of Massachusetts was drafted by John Adams “and is the world’s oldest functioning written constitution,” states Mass.gov. “It served as a model for the United States Constitution, which was written in 1787 and became effective in 1789.”
“Democratic legislators in the state of Massachusetts want to take a three-letter word out of the oath of office for their elected officials,” said Rev. Franklin Graham in a May 3 post on Facebook. “You guessed it—the word they want out is ‘God…'”
Graham continued, “I agree with Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, who said, ‘It’s yet another cynical attempt to erase the rich legacy of faith that has been part of our Commonwealth from the Pilgrims to today.’ Isn’t that a shame?…”
In his letters and writings, John Adams frequently noted the existence of God, the truth of Christianity, and the necessity of Christian morality in society to sustain democracy…
The secular push to get away from God and any references to God will drive America’s conservatives to enact religious laws to force the liberals to “get religion.” Sunday laws will soon be debated in an effort to force America to come back to God. Once a few disasters hit that are serious enough to be identified as a judgment from God, it will be easy to enact Sunday laws.
“It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced; and that those who present the claims of the fourth commandment, thus destroying reverence for Sunday, are troublers of the people, preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity.” The Great Controversy, page 590