Got to Go!
Off the Wall, October
5, 2012

A good many people in Latrobe and the surrounding areas, I have to say, are devout Christians. They have a personal relationship with the Holy Family, Mary and the angels and saints. They are in touch with those whom have attained eternal life.

So when we received word via the media that the atheists were stipulating at a 55-year-old marble statue be taken down which displayed the Ten Commandments, that shook up a lot of people – and rightfully so.

Need I tell my readership that our country was founded by Christians. The laws of the land were laid down by Christian principles. And even some of the most famous holidays were originated by Christian traditions.

Take the up and coming holiday that many of us look forward to each year – Thanksgiving. It’s got to go! If a minority such as the atheist movement can take away the Ten Commandments from public places, then holidays that have been celebrated by the public have to go, too. That only makes sense. And here’s the catch. The apathetic are sitting back and letting it happen. I say that because if all Christians rose up against these few protesters, in my opinion, we may not have to worry about what’s going on today in our country.

So, like I said, do away with the Thanksgiving holiday. According to, “Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religious after harvests and at other times. The holiday’s history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from Protestant Reformation. Several days of Thanks-giving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the “First Thanksgiving,” including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623.”

If atheists have their way and Christians continue their apathy, it’s just a matter of time there will be a celebration of one sort and not another. Turkeys will be whooping it up and fluffing their feathers when they learn they are not going to be on the dinner plate of residents throughout the U.S. Of course, there will be us humans who will feel the void on the fourth Thursday of November. Merchants beware. There may be a run on turkey meat anyway even though the minority says one must ban the holiday.

Christmas has already been cut to pieces by substituting The Sparkle Season for its real name. It wasn’t the birth of the colored light bulb that was the “stand out” on December 25, but that of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I’m sorry Mr. and Ms. Atheist, Christmas will always be Christmas despite whatever you want to call it.

And by the way, that goes for Easter, too. I know someone will dream up some fancy name, but hear this. We Christians will always call it Easter if we are true to our Lord.

Let’s get back to the Ten Commandments. Display or no display, make no doubt about the fact that atheists don’t stand a chance by having these reminders removed. “Thou shall nots” have been incorporated in every police department nationwide. Two very outstanding commandments are “Thou shall not kill,” and “Thou shall not steal.”

Again, it is my opinion, I believe certain people don’t want to see certain passages spelled out in public is because they know they are guilty of wrong doing but don’t want to be reminded of these deeds.

How often do we hear of cases where people have committed adultery nowadays. When people don’t have morals, they are apt to do anything without conscience.

Very few think twice about keeping the Lord’s Day holy. I, for instance, enjoy painting more than I like fishing. It requires less work and releases my stress. People have criticized me for painting on Sunday. They hate painting they’ve told me its work for them, so they figure everyone is that way. Ain’t true. We’re not all born out of the same shell.

How many times do you hear people of all faiths take the name of the Lord in vain? They think nothing of damning God, stating “Oh my God, or using similar expressions when they talk. The usage of this common language is an act of walking away from God.

And last, I wish to expound on the word “covet.” Two of the Ten Commandments read: “You should not covet your neighbor’s wife,” and “You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.” As I see it, the former refers to “lustfully desiring the neighbor’s wife,” and the latter, “to have a desire for something belonging to another.”

Christian nation, it’s time to take hold of the reigns and stand up for our beliefs!

- Paul J. Volkmann
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