The Daughters of the American Revolution, their motto being "God, Home, and Country," has come under attack from anonymous sources claiming that they are removing all references to God and Christianity from its official books. Of course, their website still bears the motto.
In a press release dated January 3, 2013, DAR press contact Bren Landon responded to the anonymous accusations with the following statement:
NSDAR is disappointed to learn that false and incorrect information has recently been circulated regarding the 2011 edition of the DAR Ritual and Missal and the use of the name Jesus Christ in prayers and other ceremonial events of the National Society. The purpose of this message is to clarify NSDAR’s position on the matter for anyone who has not previously viewed the blogs written by President General Merry Ann T. Wright.
She then took on two of the issues that were brought up, stating:
First, the question was posed by a national media group that if the motto of DAR is God, Home and Country, then “…why is DAR taking out references to God…” in its printed material. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, as currently written, the 113 page Ritual and Missal contains over 300 references to “Almighty God,” “Great God our King” (America hymn), “Our Heavenly Father,” “Heavenly Father,” “God of Hosts,” “God,” “Lord,” “Eternal God,” “Your Holy Spirit,” “Lord your God,” “Gracious Lord,” “Almighty and Everlasting God,” “Gracious Father,” and similar variations.
Second, the allegation has been leveled that Chaplains and others have been told not to pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Again, this is an absolute falsehood. Each Chaplain and other officers are strongly encouraged to create their own prayers into which they may insert the name of Jesus Christ as deemed appropriate for the occasion and the audience.
Additionally, she posted what the President General, Merry Ann T. Wright, wrote in her blog concerning the matter on April 10, 2012. "The Executive Officers believe that the new Ritual and Missal can be used by members of any faith, substituting words as they wish, changing the prayers to suit the needs of the meeting in which they are being used," she wrote. "At our Executive meetings, knowing that we are all Christian, we pray in the Name of Jesus," wrote Wright. "When those are present whose faith is unknown, we pray in God’s name. However, we all recognize that when Christians pray in God’s name we are, indeed, praying in Christ’s name because the Christian faith believes in the Trinity of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We also understand that our Jewish members know God as Jehovah or Yahweh, Muslim members use the name Allah for God and there are those whose spirituality may have a still different higher power or none at all."
"We have in no way mandated that one must or must not use the name of Jesus Christ in the prayers," she continued. "In our DAR rituals, prayers are included. Most of the prayers begin with “Our Father” or “Almighty God” and end “in Your Holy Name.” Christ’s prayer, known as The Lord’s Prayer, the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, Easter and Passover prayers and prayers for other religious observances are included."
Ms. Landon points out that the above citation from Wright's blog post "addresses the last major falsehood: that the name of Christ has been totally removed from the Ritual and Missal. That simply is not the case."
She then appeals to First Amendment.
This article is to correct the previous one which was merely citing Todd Starnes of Fox News (see below). My appreciation for a DAR member who posted informing me of the press release. I'll leave the video from Fox up below.
However, what I want Christians to realize is that the First Amendment and the Daughters of the American Revolution are naively embracing pluralism. It appears from the President General's own writing that she is indicating that one religion is just as valid as another and that Jesus Christ is simply one among many gods. After all, she is allowing for "God's name" to be prayed when others of unknown beliefs are present. This is all the more reason to put forth the name of Christ, not hide from it.
While I am glad that they are not restricting Christians in following their consciences in these matters, it should be disturbing that other gods may be brought to the table as though they are equal to the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are a part of the organization may not forced to pray, they are therefore not forced to pray in someone's name. By accommodating Jews and Muslims in the manner they are doing is diminishing the glory of Jesus Christ and counting Him as just another god among many. Jesus Christ is the Yahweh of the Old Testament. He is Jehovah, and Allah has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus Christ at all. For it is at the name of Jesus that every knee shall bow (Jew, Gentile, and yes, even Muhammad and his followers) to the glory of God the Father.
Finally, before you think that too harsh, I have to ask, if you are a Christian in the organization and a Muslim enters and wishes to lead in prayer in the name of Allah, are you going to pray or would you humbly communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to him or her? The same is true of Jews. What will your stand be?
Here's the interview with Todd Starnes, from Fox News radio appearing on Fox and Friends on Thursday.
UPDATE: Joel McDurmon of American Vision News writes:
So, technically, Jesus has not been “banned” for those who practice in Christian-only groups and choose to insert the name Jesus themselves. But, as an organization, Jesus has been set as one among equals in the American Pantheon as just one more name for the same higher power.
Of course, for those who are aware of the history and nature of Freemasonry, and who can see that DAR is something of a spin-off or cognate to the women’s version of Freemasonry known as the Order of the Eastern Star, this whole thing will make sense. Not only will it make sense, you will wonder why this move did not happen much sooner, say in 1890 when the organization was founded.
Now if Christians would just recognize that this was the nature of the mindset among the most important leaders of our Constitutional Framing era, they would begin to understand much of why America has slowly declined, religiously speaking. It was set up legally to do so.
UPDATE: DAR is finally catching up and being consistent with the American Revolution. Read Dr. Gary North's assessment of it here.