During the course of the last century the United States has slowly, but most certainly, ceased to be a Christian country. Oh, our roots are in a Judeo-Christian heritage. But a majority of our citizens and residents no longer hold that heritage as central in their personal, business or spiritual lives.
Moreover, the Government, including the courts, of the United States no longer hold in any reverence the symbols of Judeo-Christian beliefs. They have decided that freedom OF religion means freedom FROM religion, and the majority of Americans seem quite content with that.
I think that is a mistake. But in order to correct a mistake, it is first necessary to admit that there has been a mistake. Currently there are folks who do not think that the battle has been lost. They ignore the constant attitude of the courts, the politically correct vision of life that is contrary to Judeo-Christian tenets that permeates the entertainment industry, the failure on all sides to see the Ten Commandments as being tantamount to Law.
It is time to admit the loss of the battle, and in so doing bring to the forefront of every American's mind and soul the reality of what has been allowed to take place.
In every public square, every courthouse, every school...everywhere it appears...it is time to relabel the Ten Commandments as "The Ten Suggestions!"
This would have a number of benefits: First, it would acknowledge that the ten rules for living life are no longer law or revered as a matter of civilized behavior; Second, that it would eliminate the legitimacy of efforts to remove them from public life as being religious in nature; and Third, it would save communities huge sums of money that they might otherwise need to appropriate to defend the presence of the "commandments" in their communities public areas.
The most important benefit would be that it would made America once again an honest nation. No longer would anyone feel bad about the failure to rush to the aid of prosecuted Christians around the globe, or to feel that defending other religions but not Christianity was some failure on our part to honor our heritage; that antisemitism could be now viewed as simply a choice made by the majority rather that a failure to abide by the precepts of civilized behavior. It would make our claimed positions on what life should be consistent with our actions, and that would make it possible to consciously consider if we want to continue this slide...or stop and even reverse it.
And THAT would be a good conversation to have in every public square.