Thursday, January 3, 2013

Truth or DAR?

Tony Perkins

Family Research Council

The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded to honor the war for independence--but today, members find themselves fighting for their own freedom. That's because the leaders of this timeless organization have decided to turn their attention--not to commemorating our past, but rewriting it. Fox's Todd Starnes broke the story, which, according to DAR members, has been more than a year in the making.

The controversy started in late 2011 when the organization's guiding books were revised to exclude the name of Jesus Christ. In a newsletter to members, the DAR president explained that the updates "reflect the desire to be considerate of other belief systems" and admonished state chapters to follow the national example by excluding Jesus from their prayers. DAR must "appreciate the differences in members' religious beliefs," the statement read, "and to adapt our rituals and prayers to respect these differences." According to sources, the edits were made without the approval or vote of the nearly 170,000-member body, many of whom are devout believers.

For the organization, which was established in 1890, this signals a dramatic change in the strong Judeo-Christian roots of the DAR. After all, this is a service group meant to perpetuate the memory of the American Revolution and the values for which we fought. Like it or not, those values and our nation's identity were rooted in the Christian tradition. And while society may have changed over the years, the intentions of our founders--to build a godly nation--has not.

This is blatant historical revisionism, and it's driven by the environment of hostility this administration has created toward every kind of Christian expression. The Left would like nothing more than to remake the world in its godless image. But try as it might, these leaders cannot change who participated in the Revolution or the Christian convictions that inspired them. It's time for the members of the Daughters of the American Revolution to follow their patriots' examples and say "enough is enough!"