Religious/moral laws; separation of church & state
2009: Oklahoma proclamation
on morals, debauchery, etc.
Oklahoma State Representative, Sally Kern, (R-OKC; District 84)
encouraged lawmakers, religious leaders, and Oklahoma residents to gather on
2009-JUL-02 and sign her
Proclamation for Morality .
At the signing, she emphasized that both houses of the Oklahoma
Legislature were not in session, and thus this Proclamation is merely an
affirmation by the people signing it. It has no legal or binding status.
Text of: "Oklahoma Citizens' Proclamation for morality"
We the People of Oklahoma, Invoking the guidance of Almighty God,
in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of Liberty; to
secure just and rightful Government; to promote our mutual Welfare
and Happiness, do establish this proclamation and call upon the
people of the great State of Oklahoma, and our fellow Patriots in
these United States of America who look to the Lord for guidance,
to acknowledge the need for a national awakening of righteousness
in our land.
WHEREAS, "It is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the
Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand" (John Adams); and
WHEREAS, "We have no government armed with power capable of
contending with human passions unbridled by Religion and Morality"
(John Adams); and
WHEREAS, "Our Constitution was made only for a Moral and Religious
people" (John Adams); and
WHEREAS, "We have staked the whole future of American civilization,
not upon the power of government...but upon the capacity of
mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of
us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves
according to the Ten Commandments of God" (James Madison); and
WHEREAS, "Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a
right that belongs to us by the laws of God (Benjamin Franklin); and
WHEREAS, "God who gave us life gave us liberty and can the liberties
of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm
basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties
are of the Gift of God" (Thomas Jefferson); and
WHEREAS, "Whether any free government can be permanent, where the
public worship of God, and the support of Religion, constitute no
part of the policy or duty of the state" (Joseph Story); and
WHEREAS, "We hold sacred the rights of conscience, and promise to
the people...the free and undisturbed exercise of their religion"
(Roger Sherman); and
WHEREAS, "This great nation was founded, not by religionists,
but by Christians"
(Patrick Henry); and
WHEREAS, "When you...exercise the right of voting for public
officers, let it be impressed upon your mind that God commands you to
choose just men who will rule in the fear of God" (Noah Webster); and
WHEREAS, "The principles of genuine Liberty and of wise laws and
administrations are to be drawn from the Bible" (Noah Webster); and
WHEREAS, the people of Oklahoma have a strong tradition of reliance upon the
Creator of the Universe; and
WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our
greater national moral crisis; and
WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting
abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce,
illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery;
WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America
is forsaking the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation
was built; and
WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United
States has refused to uphold the long held tradition of past
presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of Prayer; and
WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these
United States disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean
and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we the undersigned elected
officials of the people of Oklahoma, religious leaders and citizens
of the State of Oklahoma, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the
world, solemnly declare that the HOPE of the great State of Oklahoma
and of these United States, rests upon the Principles of Religion
and Morality as put forth in the HOLY BIBLE; and
BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, believers in the One True
God and His only Son, call upon all to join with us in recognizing
that "Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord," and humbly
implore all who love Truth and Virtue to live above reproach in
the sight of God and man with a firm reliance on the leadership
and protection of Almighty God; and
BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, humbly call upon Holy God,
our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer, to have mercy on this nation,
to stay His hand of judgment, and grant a national awakening of
righteousness and Christian renewal as we repent of our great sin.
Signed on the second day of July in the year of our Lord Christ
Two Thousand and Nine. 4
Reactions to the Proclamation:
Our analysis on the proclamation:
We usually only report the comments of others in our essays. However,
this proclamation attack non-Christians so strongly that we made an exception
in this case.
In his new book: "The Seven Faith Tribes," George Barna identifies seven
religious groups in the U.S. In order of percentage of the adult population,
Barna does not consider Mormons to be Christians, and so records them as
following a separate religion.
"Captive Christians" describe a group of strongly committed Christians, who
appear to be largely from the Evangelical and Roman Catholic wings of Christianity. Many of them
would regard their own belief system
as the only fully true and valid religion. They might well
find the proclamation acceptable. However, many persons in the
remaining groups will probably be distressed at some of the ideas expressed
in the proclamation.
The proclamation calls "... upon the people of the great State of
Oklahoma, and our fellow Patriots in these United States of America who
look to the Lord for guidance ..." Some may interpret this phrase as
implying that the only people in the U.S. who can be true patriots are
those who share a belief in the Trinity. The phrase recalls the statement
by George H.W. Bush in 1987: "No, I don't
know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be
considered as patriots. This is one nation under God."
Many skeptics and others will suggest that Patrick Henry's quotation "This
great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians" to
be in serious error. Many -- perhaps most -- of the founders were Deists, not
Many non-theists will object to the implication that: "...
the people of Oklahoma have a strong tradition of reliance upon the
Creator of the Universe."
Homosexuals, bisexuals, many persons committed to human rights,
religious liberals and others would be displeased with the
proclamation's statement that promotion of same sex
marriage is a form of debauchery. To many, it is an appropriate
option to recognize the relationship of loving, committed same-sex couples.
The reference to the "... rich Christian heritage upon which this
nation was built" ignores the contributions of Native Americans, Jews,
Chinese, other non-Christians, and persons with no religious affiliation.
The reference to President Obama refusing "to uphold the long held
tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our
National Day of Prayer" is an error. He
issued a proclamation proclaiming the 2009 National Day of Prayer on
The reference to President Obama "... proclaiming an entire
month to an immoral behavior" apparently refers to his
proclaiming June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride
Month, 2009. It recognizes the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot
that triggered the drive for equal rights for persons of all sexual
orientations and identities. While human sexual behavior can be exercised
in many immoral ways -- particularly if it is not both consensual and safe
-- Pride Month celebrates the accomplishments of millions of Americans of
minority sexual orientations and identities, not what they do sexually.
Many persons believe that all sexual orientations
and sexual identities are morally neutral, and
are normal and natural for a minority of adults. 7
Referring to the Christian Trinity as the: "Supreme
Judge of the world" is deeply offensive to many non-Christians and
Many skeptics and others would object to the suggestion that the hope
of Americans "rests upon the Principles of Religion and Morality as put
forth in the HOLY BIBLE." Some doubt biblical morality after
considering the Bible passages that promote or condone
human slavery, beating of
children, execution of sorcererr God."s, burning
some hookers alive, torturing prisoners of war,
executing some people engaging in same-sex behavior, and
other immoral practices.
The following information sources were
used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not
necessarily still active today.
Justin Lofton, "Oklahoma Citizens? Proclamation for Morality to be
signed," ADA Evening News, CO, 2009-JUL-02, at:
"Video of Press Conference by Sally Kern on Oklahoma Citizens?
Proclamation for Morality," Fort Hard Knox, 2009-JUL-02, at:
Jonathan Turley, "Oklahoma Legislature to Consider Proclamation
Linking the Economic Crisis to Obama?s Immoral Policies," 2009-JUN-30, at:
Sally Kern, "Oklahoma Citizen's [sic] Proclamation for morality,"
Text, World Now, 2009-JUL-02, at:
http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/ This is a PDF file.
George Barna, "The Seven Faith Tribes: Who They Are, What They
Believe, and Why They Matter," BarnaBooks, (2009).
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Barak Obama, "National Day of Prayer," The White House, 2009-MAY-07,
Barak Obama, "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month," The
White House, 2009-JUN-01, at:
"George Bush: Citizen's quote," at:
Copyright © 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2009-JUL-10
Latest update: 2009-JUL-10
Author: B.A. Robinson