The Liberty Bell Versus The Guillotine

Photo Credit: Destination 360, Liberty Bell 

My dear friend and patriot Bernie Lutchman has posted a must-read essay on Bastille Day, July 14:

The French Revolution was modeled after the successful American Revolution which led to Independence in 1776 and the removal of the British monarch as well from this country, and the thirst for new birth of freedom and democracy. However, here is where the similarities basically stopped. Whereas the United States was and is founded on a set of principles, based on Judeo-Christian ethics and morality, the French were, well, the French!

Our freedom in the West was sown into the fabric of men’s souls by the Bible, Religious Liberty and the following, among many other giants: the Pilgrims; the Puritans; Jonathan Edwards; George Whitefield; Samuel Cooper and the great preachers of personal and literal freedom. British born atheist Tom Paine’s “COMMON SENSE” was a secular philosophical impetus for the America Revolution. However, once that was over, he left these shores and showed his true atheist colors in France!

While Paine was the great pamphelteer and encourager of the US effort, he quickly became the man who introduced secular humanism in Europe (through his book THE AGE OF REASON). Europe is the way it is today, because of Thomas Paine, primarily, and others like him. Here is part of what Paine wrote in this book “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. [Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason].

It was not just Paine, who not surprisingly fell from grace as a hero in the newly formed USA, after the French Revolution, but the famous French writer Voltaire. Voltaire’s entire purpose in life was to dismantle Christianity and do away with the bible. He once said “Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.

Within the past two weeks we will have celebrated both Revolutions – American and French. While the condition of America is approaching reprobate status and we are in need of national repentance and prayer, it is more likely to happen in US. This is because of the powerful Christian underpinnings of this country. The seeds of atheism took hold long ago in France, a country where less than 2% of that country are real believers in Jesus Christ.

As we face drought, hopelessness, desperation and depression here in the US, again caused by godless men and women, we are STILL clearly at an advantage on this French independence day. Whereas the bloody guillotine became identified with their French Revolution, we can take comfort in that our TWO EDGED SWORD -the powerful Word of God – the Bible!

Please visit Bernie’s site to read the entire piece, which serves as a sobering and important reminder of our Judeo-Christian foundation in the USA, which has resulted in the establishment of the freest nation the world has ever known. A nation that respects the individual and his or her right to worship as they please….or not worship at all.

There’s a reason why the symbol of the American Revolution is the Liberty Bell, not the guillotine.

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Methacton Community Theater Presents Annie

My niece Sophia (in the green sweater) with members of the Annie cast.

Will be heading out to see Methacton Community Theater’s production of Annie tonight which features my three nieces Sophia, Julianna and Alexa, and my brother Mark! From Patch.com:

Leapin’ Lizards!

Methacton Community Theater will present Annie as their summer musical opening Friday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m. on the Perkiomen Valley Middle School East stage! The performances continue on July 14, 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m. with two matinee performances on July 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m.

This best-loved family musical production features over 55 area actors bringing the heart-warming rags-to-riches story of plucky young Annie’s journey from the hard-knock New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks. Based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip by permission of The Media Tribune Services, Inc., Annie boasts such well-known songs as Maybe, The Hard Knock Life, NYC, Easy Street and the unforgettable Tomorrow.

Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts with her courage and positivity, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City. Abandoned years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Municipal Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan, Annie is determined to find her parents. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes into the captivating world of New York City. In one adventure after another, Annie befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, foils the malicious plot of Miss Hannigan, Rooster and his girlfriend Lily, and finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Annie is played by Amia Shavaun of Wayne with Renee Grant of Havertown as Miss Hannigan. Jude Adams of Pottstown is Oliver Warbucks. The role of Grace Farrell is played by Nicolette Addice of Pottstown with James Corkum of Skippack as Rooster Hannigan and Alexa Ross of Trappe as Lily St. Regis. Annie’s orphanage friends include Tessie (Sophia DiGiovanni of Wayne), Kate (Lauren Esser of Blue Bell), July (Amanda Grant of Havertown), Molly (Paige Brady of Eagleville), Pepper (Minka Bauer of Eagleville) and Duffy (Megan McGee of King of Prussia).

Annie is directed by John Corkum of Skippack with Loretta and Ashley Rurode and Lauren Franz of Eagleville and Michelle Miller of Audubon producing. Musical direction is under Ken Brown of Monte Claire with choreography by Dee Surprenant of Phoenixville. Costumes are by Karen Westgate aided by Jessica Corropolese, both of Collegeville. Lighting design and special effects are courtesy of Tom Dinnella of Collegeville. Don Otto of Audubon is in charge of sound. Set design is by director John Corkum with set construction lead by John Cross of Collegeville. MCT is fortunate to have the talents of local artist Mike Adams for set artistry design and painting aided by Scott Brady of Eagleville.

Methacton Community Theater’s production of Annie is presented through licensed permission from Music Theater International, Inc., New York. All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI. Book is by Thomas Meehan with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.

Annie will be performed at the Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, 100 Kagey Road in Collegeville on July 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m. with matinee performances on July 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m. The PVMSE is a handicapped accessible facility. Tickets are $15.00 for adults (ages 12-61) and $10.00 for children and seniors. Please call (610) 489-6449 or email MCT at info@methactoncommunitytheater.org for further information.

Methacton Community Theater can be found on the web at www.methactoncommunitytheater.org. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Methacton Community Theater website or through Ticket Leap at www.ticketleap.com/annie.

It’ll be nice to take a break from the “hard knock life” of political commentary and observation to just enjoy watching my family perform in this popular musical for a few hours. 🙂

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