U.S. Representative Randy Forbes, a Republican from Virginia’s fourth district, is the founder and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a bipartisan group of 105 federal lawmakers who meet to pray and foster spiritual guidance for our federal government. It also has launched prayer caucuses in several state legislatures, including Virginia just more than one year ago, as well as “blue” states, such as Connecticut this month. It has even called out President Obama on his lack of understanding of the national motto.
But perhaps the CPC is best known as the one institution inside the federal government that stands vigil over attempts to remove God from public, historic and government references. In perhaps the caucus’ most well recognized accomplishment a few years ago, it restored historical references to God that the keepers of the much over budget ($621 million of taxpayer money) and overdue visitors center to the U.S. Capitol attempted to expunge.
It also fights attempts separate God from the U.S. Military. As one of the House’s leading authorities on defense matters, that’s a nexus best left untested when confronting Mr. Forbes, whose passion for the invocation of God in public matters has been expressed eloquently at Family Foundation events in the past.
On Tuesday, he appeared on Mike Huckabee’s radio show to address atheists’ latest attempt at interjecting their secularism into, and against the wishes of, members of the U.S. military. At Camp Pendleton, in California, Marines built a memorial 10 years ago, atop a 3,000-foot hill, as a place for fellow Marines and families to reflect, grieve, pray and seek consolation over the loss of their comrades and loved ones.
Yet, as if it is any of their business, a group called the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers seeks their removal via a potential lawsuit (see in depth print report from FoxNews.com). He also discusses several other bullying attempts by atheist groups of which, sadly, the military has caved, as well as commissar-like tactics by the Architect of the Capitol to remove God references there, including the Pledge of Allegiance.
Congressman Randy Forbes appeared on the Mike Huckabee radio show Monday to discuss atheists’ attempts to remove crosses from Marine Base Camp Pendleton. Click the CPC logo to hear the entire interview (9:22).
Representative Forbes is a national leader on several issues but his continued efforts to prevent the removal of God from governmental and public discourse is a particularly admirable focus of his. His efforts, and that of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, should be a leading light and call to action for all of us in protecting our religious liberties.
For more on the Camp Pendleton controversy, watch this video report from the Fox News Channel.