Memorial day should remind US citizens to value First Amendment

May 3, 2014 at 12:03 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Words to remember this Memorial Day:

"Then God saw ... that they turned from their evil way ..." Jonah 3:10.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of the Allied Forces in the Pacific during World War II, said in December 1951, "In this day of gathering storms, as moral deterioration of political power spreads its growing infection, it is essential that every spiritual force be mobilized to defend and preserve the religious base upon which this nation is founded; for it has been that base which has been the motivating impulse to our moral and national growth. History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual reawakening to overcome the moral lapse or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster."

Veterans do not die or get wounded for all of us to lose our God-given rights. We still have the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

John Fisher, U.S. Navy veteran, Point Comfort



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