God, Home, and Country [but not Jesus Christ] ~ Motto of the Daughters of the Newspeak Revolution
The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), the oldest Christian patriotic organization, founded in 1890, has ALMOST completely banned “Jesus Christ” to be “sensitive” to non-Christian members.
“Jesus Christ” has been removed from their official book; they removed prayers and poems that reference Christian imagery; and directed members to refrain from praying in the name of Christ, some outraged members allege.
A year ago, “Jesus Christ” was stricken from their Missal and Ritual books. The DAR spokesperson said that they wanted to accommodate new members.
The chaplain wrote in a newsletter:
“The newly updated Missal and Ritual was written to reflect the desire to be considerate of other belief systems,” the statement read. “The Chaplain General uses scripture from both the Old and New Testaments and prays in the name of God without reference Christ. Chapter and district chaplains need to follow the example set by the National Society.”
The statement also reminded members to “appreciate the differences in members’ religious beliefs and to adapt our rituals and prayers to respect these differences.”
The chaplain is actually rewriting history. Their legacy is as a Christian patriotic organization. Christianity without “Jesus Christ” is not Christianity. The PC DAR claims that when they say God it assumes Jesus Christ is included. Obviously that is not true.
The DAR officials also cited a few examples where Christ’s name has not yet been expunged as examples of the story by Fox News that they banned Jesus as being false.
They not only ALMOST COMPLETELY banned Jesus Christ, limited free speech and rewrote history, they parsed words to say they didn’t.
The membership of 170,000 was given no opportunity to vote on these changes and there are some, perhaps many, who are infuriated about it.
This is their latest statement which parses words. [I don’t know how you feel, but I see parsing as deceitful. It’s Newspeak]:
“The purpose of this message is to clarify NSDAR’s position on the matter for anyone who has not previously viewed the blogs written by President General Merry Ann T. Wright.
“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. [In this they are basically admitting Christ is gone]
“Second, the allegation has been leveled that Chaplains and others have been told not to pray in the name of Jesus Christ,” the DAR statement continued. “Again, this is an absolute falsehood. [Some members claim they were told otherwise]
“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.” [They still took Jesus out]
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.
“ ‘At our Executive meetings, knowing that we are all Christian, we pray in the Name of Jesus. When those are present whose faith is unknown, we pray in God’s name. However, we all recognize that when Christians pray in God’s name we are, indeed, praying in Christ’s name because the Christian faith believes in the Trinity of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. [Parsing here]
The blog post continued: “ ‘We also understand that our Jewish members know God as Jehovah or Yahweh, Muslim members use the name Allah for God and there are those whose spirituality may have a still different higher power or none at all.
“ ‘We have in no way mandated that one must or must not use the name of Jesus Christ in the prayers. In our DAR rituals, prayers are included. Most of the prayers begin with “Our Father” or “Almighty God” and end “in Your Holy Name”
“ ‘Christ’s prayer, known as The Lord’s Prayer, the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, Easter and Passover prayers and prayers for other religious observances are included,’” the DAR blog post said.
“The above passage also addresses the last major falsehood: that the name of Christ has been totally removed from the Ritual and Missal,” the DAR’s overall statement said. “That simply is not the case. [Fox should have said Jesus was removed ALMOST completely removed – more parsing by the DAR]
“In promoting the importance of freedom of religion upon which our country was founded, our Founding Fathers intended for all religions and not one specific faith to be allowed and respected,” the statement continued. “The Constitution of the United States of America is clear on this issue as are many of the letters and writings of these great leaders. [Our Founding Fathers never meant for anyone to rewrite their history]
“It was in spirit of our Founding Fathers’ desire for freedom of religion that the most recent changes to the Ritual and Missal were made,” the organization’s statement said. [Newsmax]