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October 16, 2010

One boat, One Nation

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:20 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this very early Saturday morning, with cool temperatures and clear skies, shaping up to be a great day to go up to Boston and see the President of the United States!  When we think of politics these days, we can’t seem to get away from the fact that religion is an integral part of the equation, as it has been “bred” into us at a very early age, for it has a storied relationship with our past and the struggles our forefathers had with the very notion of GOD and how he should be introduced in our public school systems.  John Hughes, an Irish Bishop from New York, was one of the first to stand up to that notion and the majority Evangelical protestant control over that public school system.  In America, Hughes once said, “No one religion should be above any other.”  The Catholics built their own schools, parochial schools, and therefore, if the Constitution would be upheld, the federal government should stop funding protestant schools as well.  In 1841 he asked for his parishioners help to see that, “they were worthy sons and daughters of this country and that they belong.”  The whole “American project” of the “new Evangelical Heaven on Earth” threatened the New York Catholics, who were beginning to arrive by the tens of thousands now to the ‘new world’, Hughes standing up for the poor and oppressed, and it paid off.  In April 1842, the state passed the McClay bill wherein the New York Senate voted to end religious instruction in New York public schools, a decision that the New York protestant majority found hard to stomach.  John Hughes, by demanding religious Liberty, for newly arriving immigrants in this country, again, by the hundreds of thousands, effectively had expanded the idea of what it was to be an American.  We do, of course, have Thomas Jefferson, one of our ‘founding fathers’ and former President, to THANK for the “Bill of Rights” in our nation’s framework that puts not a concrete wall between church and state, but rather a transcendent dimensional boundary between the two, one being of this world and one being of quite another, recognizing the importance of not allowing man’s ego (politics) and other worldly concerns to interfere with the people’s GOD given, obviously, right to think and therefore choose the faith, or even lack of faith, that best suits them personally, bringing about the eternal wish Jefferson spoke of when creating the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, “…that we hold these truths to be self evident, that ALL men are created equal.”  That each of us has the unalienable right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  The original ‘revivals’, that began in Kentucky, as the American population continued to grow and expand south and westward, were not constrained by the same boundaries seen today or even at the inception of this nation (see Texas Board of Education and the rewriting of United States history), but rather by the original concept of freedom from religious tyranny (from the Puritans and Anglican faiths of pre-revolutionary America), and were spurred on, not by a vengeful God, but rather a Loving God who demands not that we harm each other, but ‘Love one another, as I have loved you.’  Civil Rights had the sparks left from the original revivals of the first days of the Evangelical movement that began in the great state of Kentucky.  Black ministries found their voice through Martin Luther King Jr. and in 1955, inspired by the actions of Rosa Parks, famous for refusing to go to the ‘back of the bus’, he settled in Montgomery, Alabama, ground zero in the push for Civil Rights that would take a decade in coming to fruition, and embraced the ideals entrenched in our democratic code along with the spiritual truisms of the real Evangelical LIGHT–Justice, Peace and Equality. God and the Declaration of Independence say this in the same vein.  Death threats plagued King’s efforts however, but, as King recalls, he prayed about it and, in his words, “heard an inner voice saying to me, Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness, stand up for Justice, and lo I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on.  He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone, no, never alone.”  It was at that moment, according to King, that he KNEW that God was with him in that epic struggle, and he was at peace with whatever was going to happen.  King, after a bombing at his home, told his armed supporters, just back from the war, to go home, that “we needed to find another way to change America without violence.”  He sent them home with their guns, he sent them home with their guns, he sent them home with their guns.  “We still have the attitude of Love, we still have the method of passive resistance, and we are still insisting, emphatically, that violence is self defeating, that he who lives by the sword, will perish by the sword.”  A year later the Supreme Court ruled that Montgomery segregated public school buses were illegal, a real victory for King’s non-violent resistance.  As the Civil Rights movement linked faith with political dialogue, the candidacy of John F. Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential campaign refocused the struggle of the separation between church and state.  Jack Kennedy’s Presidency brought an honor to that mystical “wall” between church (divine) and state (of mankind), and although always connected, never will we allow the latter to dominate the grace and holiness of the former.  Billy Graham, along with presidential hopeful Richard Nixon met in Montrose, Switzerland, prior to the election of Kennedy in November 1960, to discuss this very notion of that separation and raised many alarms bells for their own political ends regarding Kennedy’s religious loyalty and his relationship to the Pope, whom they saw as a threat, much like our protestant brothers of the 19th century did–history repeating itself once again.  Kennedy, in Houston Texas, circa 1960, just before the elections, met with 300 protestant ministers to set the record straight, “So, apparently it is necessary for me to state this once again.  It’s not what kind of church I believe in, for that should only matter to me, but what kind of America I believe in.  I believe in an America, where the separation of church and state is absolute.  Where no Catholic fellow, could tell the President, should he be Catholic, how to act, and no protestant minister would tell his parishioners how to vote.”  The Civil Rights movement “assumed” that the opponents held the same moral objectives that they did, and they were, of course, wrong.  Even though he lost his life on this earthly plane, Martin Luther King Jr.’s strength, just like that of Christ himself, rages on, infinitely more powerful NOW than the petty, ugly words of hate, anger and bigotry, all representing the lower aspects of the human condition, and of course, both men, Martin Luther and Jack Kennedy represent the one message and thus, the one LIGHT. “God always wins in the end”, Martin Luther might have said in today’s insane world that has become so lost that it cannot recognize the Light that IS and always will be shining in the eyes of our brothers and sisters we meet every day, be them friend or foe, for as Christ himself said, “Love thine enemies” and we will, “as a people, get to the promised land.”  Martin Luther spoke the words of Exodus, a book from the Bible, equating the Civil Rights struggle with that of Moses in ancient Egypt who struggled to free his people, who knew of discrimination and the epic battle fought by both heroic figures crying out with authority, “Let my people go…” The sense of America as a providential nation has been with us for a long time.  In the 17th century, you had John Winthrop’s notion of a ‘city on a hill’, a beacon for the rest of the world to see.  In the 18th century, you had the sacred cause of Liberty, the 19th century, manifest destiny, in the 20th century, making the world safe for democracy, and in the 21st century, who knows, for it has not emerged yet.  But, Americans have a sense of destiny as a nation.  They have a sense of their destiny occupying a unique niche in the divine economy, and I don’t see that abating any time soon.  Have a wonderful Saturday folks and remember to VOTE on November 2, 2010, we all live on the leading edge of thought, bringing the lessons of the past with us, and it is not only our right as citizens to exercise our individual and collective voices, deciding who our elected officials should and will be, but a reasonable obligation to all of the men and women who have gone before us, in this epic struggle, an experiment called the United States of America.    PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

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