To the editor:
A thank you to the more than 50 people who met on the steps of the "old" courthouse building on Monument Square, Lewistown on Oct. 7 to listen to Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Pro Life Federation; state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, Rev. Michael Bailey and Fr. William Weary.
The consensus of the speakers was that moral values of the United States are at risk and have depreciated to the point that babies can be aborted and men can marry men and have sexual privileges that are reserved only for husband and wife.
Some of the information supplied by the speakers included:
The United States was founded on Judeo-Christian values citing that 41 of the adult male members on the Mayflower signed the Mayflower Compact in 1625.
The Mayflower Compact was the first written laws for the new land. It started, "In the name of God, Amen," and ended in "for the Glory of God." Nowhere was abortion written or gay marriage condoned.
Edmund Burke (1729-1794), the outstanding orator, author, and leader in Great Britain, defended the colonies in Parliament. "There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator." And Patrick Henry (1736-1799), five-time Governor of Virginia, whose "Give me liberty or give me death" speech has made him immortal, said: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly, nor too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
Thomas Jefferson said, "He proclaimed that it was the God of the Bible who founded America. In his 1805 inaugural address he said: "I shall need, too, the favor of that being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in this country."
We thus see the hand of God in the starting of America. Scripture was based on one man, one woman. Male and female. Not one man and one man or one woman and one woman. Killing of babies was an abomination to the pilgrims and forefathers and Genesis through Mark 16 attest to God's rules on marriage and His love for babies.
The speakers gave the listeners hope when they indicated that their representatives attend and pray for our country during sessions in Harrisburg. They stated that today's listeners should pray earnestly for their representatives as their representatives are under heavy pressure from many individuals and groups to misrepresent issues.
Citizens Concerned with Human Life of