In the name of "inclusiveness", the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a non-profit organization whose motto is "God, Home and Country" has removed all references to Jesus Christ from their official documents.
It was originally reported that the DAR removed all references to God from their Ritual and Missal, but this was inaccuate. According to their official website and Merry Ann T. Wright, the President General these reports are "falsehoods."
In a statement on their website (DAR.org), the organization refuted the reports.
“First, the question was posed by a national media group that if the motto of DAR is God, Home and Country, then ‘…why is DAR taking out references to God…’ in its printed material. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“In fact, as currently written, the 113-page Ritual and Missal contains over 300 references to ‘Almighty God,’ ‘Great God our King’ (America hymn), ‘Our Heavenly Father,’ ‘Heavenly Father,’ ‘God of Hosts,’ ‘God,’ ‘Lord,’ ‘Eternal God,’ ‘Your Holy Spirit,’ ‘Lord your God,’ ‘Gracious Lord,’ ‘Almighty and Everlasting God,’ ‘Gracious Father,’ and similar variations (http://bit.ly/132wcEu),
The refences to God remain, but the 2011 version of the Ritual and Missal described on the DAR website as "a listing of Meditations, Prayers for daily devotions and special occasions, Poems and Dedications" omitted all references to Jesus Christ and by extension denies the organization's and our country's Christian roots.
According to the group Patriot Daughters Standing for Christ, "It is only by comparing the old books with the new book that a person realizes the extensive, radical changes" (http://bit.ly/UQerEH). The group started an online petition to pressure DAR to recall the latest Ritual and Missal and undo the changes which they call "unacceptable."
DAR responded the allegations by stating that “each Chaplain and other officers are strongly encouraged to create their own prayers into which they may insert the name of Jesus Christ as deemed appropriate for the occasion and the audience.” Christian chaplains must "insert" the name of Jesus Christ because DAR deleted his name.
The organization’s statement then quotes an April 10, 2012, blog post by its President General when the issue first surfaced.
“ ‘The Executive Officers believe that the new Ritual and Missal can be used by members of any faith, substituting words as they wish, changing the prayers to suit the needs of the meeting in which they are being used" (http://bit.ly/132wcEu).
Only Christians are expected to make accomodations in the name of "inclusiveness." This is an affront to the Christian patriots who bled and died in the American Revolution to bring the freedom of religion to this country. Fifty-two of the 55 Founding Fathers were deeply Christian (http://bit.ly/107gwBa).
Consider, for example, the following three quotes from our Founders George Washington and Thomas Jefferson:
"It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." - George Washington
"I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our creator." - Thomas Jefferson
How can the Daughters of the American Revolution say they are dedicated to "promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children" and only accept members who can "prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution" deny America's Christian heritage?
As Patrick Henry so eloquently said in 1776, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here" (http://bit.ly/107gwBa).