Today, Lee Greenwood’s song, “God Bless The USA,” became the No. 1 selling song in America—a song first recorded in 1983. It seems appropriate therefore to note that, in spite of the efforts of Marxists and atheists around the world, the United States is still a country of believers. Recent national polls show that two-thirds of Americans not only believe in God, but describe themselves as Christians.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, since many of our greatest presidents were proud to proclaim their Christian faith. George Washington referred to our “savior” and our “blessed redeemer” in his prayers, and he often ended them in the name of “Jesus Christ our Lord.” Abraham Lincoln’s Prayer for Our Nation ends, “… all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.” Dwight Eisenhower stated in 1955, “Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first—the most basic—expression of Americanism.”
The Congress of the United States begins each daily session with prayer. On July 9, 2020, it began, “Loving God, Father of us all, thank you for giving us another day,” and ended, “May all that is done throughout our country this day be for your greater honor and glory. Amen.”
It was announced this week that the town moderator in the Town of Bourne will no longer allow a prayer at the beginning of Town Meeting “as long as he is moderator.”
In arbitrarily surrendering the interests of the majority of voters in Bourne, without voter input, to satisfy the complaints of a small minority of political activists, the moderator in particular, as well as town leaders in Bourne who have endorsed this decision, have relinquished any claim to be legitimate representatives of the Town of Bourne.
There is a thing called the “tyranny of the minority,” in which small factions of voters are able to so intimidate weak political leaders that they ignore the beliefs and wishes of the majority, and democracy dies, and government becomes dysfunctional (an insight by James Madison). We can now see that, in the Town of Bourne, we have a moderator and select board who are willing to allow democracy to die in order to appease a small minority of complainants who want to eliminate all religious thought from the public square.
I challenge the moderator to be consistent in his logic, and remove the Pledge of Allegiance as well, since it declares that we are a nation under God, or else restore the opening prayer to Town Meeting.
During the last two Town Meetings, Bourne voters have suffered through blunder after blunder where Robert’s Rules of Order, which are meant to guide procedures at Town Meeting, have been trampled underfoot. It’s unfortunate that there was no candidate for moderator during the last election who was capable of running Town Meeting properly. However, this move by the current moderator goes beyond incompetence, and demonstrates a disregard for the feelings of the majority of town voters whom the leaders of town government are supposed to represent.
Thomas R. Barnes