During Democratic presidential primary debate, Ron Reagan, son of late President Ronald Reagan aired a commercial for atheist organization called Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). He shouts, ‘Hi, I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government”.
During and after the debate, Ron Reagan became the most searched person on the Google. Ron Reagan describes FFRF as “the nation’s largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended it”.
Now, there is a huge misunderstanding on this issue of separation of church and state. The Founders believed in the freedom of conscience and religion. They were great students of human history and realized how institutionalized religions could grab power and persecute minority religious groups. In the Western history, Catholic Church became so powerful during Medieval times and persecuted all its dissenters. The bloody civil wars between Catholics and Protestants left Europe in centuries of violent conflicts. The Founders did not want America to follow that path. European nations maintained national churches, recognizing particular denominations as the official religion. For example, in England it is Anglican Church, in Norway it is Lutheran Church, in Spain it is Catholicism. There are many other nations which officially identify themselves as Christian states. They include Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Georgia etc. There are Muslim majority nations which identify themselves as officially Islamic states. They include Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, Malaysia etc. There are officially atheist nations like China, North Korea, Vietnam.
The Founders of the United States did not want Christianity as the official religion of the United States because they knew it would become a point of conflict among its citizens. If Christianity, which Christianity? Baptist? Methodist? Anglican? Mennonite? Amish? Catholic? Therefore they did not establish one religion or one denomination as the official religion of the United States. The First Amendment states, ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof’.
Atheist groups are right when they say that Founders did not want establishment of religion, but they conveniently ignore the second phrase: “Prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.
American people exercising free exercise of their religion have been constant target of atheist groups like FFRF.
A Child reading Bible in the public school….they say it is against the First Amendment.
A Congressman starting the government meeting with a prayer….they say it is against the First Amendment
A US President participating in National Day of Prayer….they say it is against the First Amendment
An attorney general giving a speech on religious freedom…they say it is against the First Amendment
A soldier praying on the battlefield…..they say it is against the First Amendment
A doctor praying for patient’s health…..they say it is against the First Amendment.
Ironically, the First Amendment is about government not prohibiting the free exercise of religion. The First Amendment is against establishing one religion as official religion of the United States, it is not against free exercise of religion. It does not say people should exercise their religion only in private spaces. It does not say people should be denied free exercise of religion in public spaces. Atheists in our time dishonestly abusing our Constitution to promote their godless worldview.
With friends like Ron Reagan, the Democratic Party does not need any enemies. By allowing these ads during their debates they will alienate voters who love God, and lose elections in areas dominated by religious folks.
I should also remind you that American Founding Fathers believed in the value of Christian faith in the public square. I can give you an endless list of speeches given by great American leaders who actually emphasized the importance of Christian faith and God in public policy. But let me give you a few examples:
In a 1798 address to the Massachusetts Militia, President John Adams said, “We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by morality and Religion.”
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
We are living in a generation in which little babies are killed in the name of freedom of choice. We have people supporting child pornography in the name of First Amendment. I can do anything because it is my Constitutionally given right. They should take a pause and listen to what John Adams (1735 – 1826) said. He was a Founding Father and the second president of the United States. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People.”
Ron Reagan, did you hear that? Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
Another Founding Father Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence starts with these words,
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
How do we get our rights? They do not come from the King of England. They came from the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God. All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.
Ron Reagan, did you hear what Jefferson wrote? We are created equal by God. We are endowed by human rights by our Creator. Equality is a belief. Atheism has no objective basis for human equality. Hinduism or Buddhism have no basis for equality. Greek paganism has no basis for equality. It exclusively came from the God of the Bible. Tom, Dick and Harry can celebrate their atheism but they cannot provide an objective basis for human equality. Tom can say, ‘if you have 46 chromosomes, you are human and equal to me’. Dick can say, ‘if you have black hair, you are human and equal to me’. Harry can say, ‘if you have white skin, you are human and equal to me’. Tom, Dick and Harry can come up with different foundations for human equality. There is nothing objective about it. Atheism cannot explain why we should treat other human beings equal to us. But in Christian faith, we are obligated to treat each other with equality, respect and love because we are commanded by God to love each other.
Now, let us listen to what George Washington (1732 – 1799) said in his Farewell speech,
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”
George Washington, the Father of American Republic, the first President of the United States in his farewell speech says, ‘religion and morality are indispensable supports.’
Ron Reagan, did you hear what Washington said, ‘let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion’.
If Ron Reagan does not want to hear from other Presidents, he could at least listen to his own father, President Ronald Reagan. In a speech given to Christian leaders, President Reagan said,
“I’m pleased to be here today with you who are keeping America great by keeping her good. Only through your work and prayers and those of millions of others can we hope to survive this perilous century and keep alive this experiment in liberty, this last, best hope of man.”
Reagan once said, ‘I am Born Again and I am a Bible Believer’. He gave Proclamation 5018 on February 3, 1983 making 1983 ‘the National Year of the Bible’. Regan believed in the essential truths of the Bible and its place in shaping American polity.
Can Ron Reagan go to Saudi Arabia and make such an ad against Allah? No chance.
Can he go to Iran and make such an ad against Allah? No chance.
Can he go to India and make such an ad against Krishna? No chance.
You can air such atheist advertisements only in countries like the United States, Europe or Israel – the nations shaped by Bible and its God. Because God of the Bible is such a gentle person that He gives us freedom even to deny and disown Him. You can stand in Jerusalem and shout against God of the Bible – no one will harm you. Just cross the border into Egypt and shout against Allah of Quran and you will see the difference.
Ron Reagan describes himself as “a lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell”. You can see the depravity of his soul. Our Lord Jesus Christ made it unmistakably clear that hell is a real place where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched (Mark 9:47-48). Ron Reagan had no clue about what he is getting into. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).
President Reagan must be turning in his grave by the words and actions of his dear son, Ron Reagan. Let us love Ron Reagan and pray for his soul. May God open his spiritual eyes to see the truth and get saved before it is too late.