LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Since independence, a mixed bag

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This week, as we celebrate the signing of the greatest declaration of liberty in history, I wonder how our Founding Fathers would view the progress we have made over the past 237 years.

Surely they would be pleased that issues like slavery have been resolved, even to the point where an American of mixed race has been elected president. It is, after all, the principle our nation was founded upon, that all men are created equal. We derived these rights of dignity from our belief in God and his principles of compassion. Our Founders would be proud of the American military, the courageous men and women who have selflessly sacrificed, even their lives, so that people in other lands could know the blessings of freedom we cherish here.

But I also wonder how the Founders would view the radical changes that have occurred, such as when the nation’s highest court acknowledges homosexual unions. Or when the leader of the free world promises to support Planned Parenthood — the nation’s slaughterhouse for inconvenient babies — and then seals the covenant by calling on God’s blessing. To say the least, this is not the America envisioned by those who risked life, liberty and property in declaring independence from the tyranny of Great Britain in 1776.

Our 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.”

I urge the American people to pray for our nation and that our leadership acknowledge and adhere to the biblical principle that righteousness exalts a nation.

ED MULVANEY JR.

Anniston, Ala.

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