Christian leader Franklin Graham sharply criticized a proposal in Masschusetts that would remove the word "God" from the state's oath of office and amend the state constitution, drafted by Founding Father John Adams, to be more "gender neutral."
It's a shame, said Rev. Graham, "secularists across the country would like to completely wipe God from our nation’s past, present, and future. Let’s don’t let that happen."
In the Bay State, State Rep. Mindy Domb (D-Amherst) has proposed an amendment that would change the state constitution from saying "so help me God" to, "This I do under the pains and penalties of perjury." Almost every elected official in Massachusetts has taken the oath of office saying "so help me God" for more than 200 years.
Domb's proposal was approved by the state government's Joint Legislative Committee in late April and has the support of at least 13 other Democrats, reported The Salem News. The plan also calls for changing the pronoun "he" to "they" in the constitution, to make it more gender neutral.
The 1780 Constitution of Massachusetts was drafted by John Adams "and is the world's oldest functioning written constitution," states Mass.gov. "It served as a model for the United States Constitution, which was written in 1787 and became effective in 1789."
"Democratic legislators in the state of Massachusetts want to take a three-letter word out of the oath of office for their elected officials," said Rev. Franklin Graham in a May 3 post on Facebook. "You guessed it—the word they want out is 'God.'"
"Massachusetts has the oldest state constitution in the country and Democrat Rep. Mindy Domb wants to amend it from 'so help me, God,' to a secular version: 'This I do under the pains and penalties of perjury,'" he said. "The bill would also amend this historic document, written by John Adams, to make it more 'gender neutral,' changing the pronoun from 'he' to 'they.'"
Graham continued, "I agree with Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, who said, 'It's yet another cynical attempt to erase the rich legacy of faith that has been part of our Commonwealth from the Pilgrims to today.' Isn’t that a shame?"
"Secularists across the country would like to completely wipe God from our nation’s past, present, and future," said Rev. Graham. "Let’s don’t let that happen."
In his letters and writings, John Adams frequently noted the existence of God, the truth of Christianity, and the necessity of Christian morality in society to sustain democracy.
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity," wrote Adams. "I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
"Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company: I mean hell," he wrote.
"The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity," said Adams.
"Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Eutopia – what a Paradise would this region be!" he wrote.
"I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world," said Adams.