LETTERS: America declines with every step she takes away from her Christian principles

At 93 years old, I offer what is perhaps a longer perspective on America than most of your readers.

I have seen many changes in America over the past nine decades. Because of these changes I have lain awake many nights thinking about what has happened to our country.

America was founded on Christian principles. Our Founding Fathers included those principles in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. They fought and many died in consequence in the Revolutionary War of Independence in order to establish America.

Over the years, we have removed everything that reminds us of God Our Father and Jesus Christ who have blessed us so much. Without the divine hand of Providence, the small band of American patriots would have surely been crushed by Great Britain, who at the time had the most powerful army in the world.

There are people coming to America who enjoy the freedom they have here. That's fine. But do not come here and try to change our laws and way of living. If you are offended by America's original values, please leave! Go back to wherever you came from. We will not stop you!

We've allowed the ACLU along with "progressive" liberal left judges to remove the Nativity. If it wasn't for Jesus we would not have Christmas! It's the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Next the ACLU and judges removed prayer and the Bible from schools because a few children were "offended."

Then the "progressive" liberal left removed the Ten Commandments "in case the commandments might confuse children."

In order to "free our children from the shackles of Christian values" the "progressives" removed them from public life and replaced them with sex education, diversity training, entitlement expectation, victim mentality and the "new morality."

What has this progressive liberal left teaching produced? More teenage pregnancy, more abortions, increased homosexuality, same sex marriage, more pornography, more rape, more murder and more suffering.

America has taken God out of everything and we wonder why all the calamity takes place. The reason is that we have removed God's umbrella of protection over America.

The vast majority of Americans are Christian, contrary to what a few, including Barack Obama, say. God's word states in 2 Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

There is a new book out that describes America's spiritual and secular foundation, our ascent to greatness, our decline, evidence of our awful situation and what we the people can do and must do now to restore our republic. It is titled, "Wake Up America! Rise Up and Act."

-- Gertrude VanderHorst