Published on Jan 3, 2013
The Daughters of the American Revolution, whose motto is “God, home and country”, removed all references to God and Christianity from all of its official books. Chaplains were told to stop using the name of Jesus. The DAR even removed “America the Beautiful” from its official documents because it mentions God.
Newsmax - Daughters of the American Revolution Ban Mentions of Jesus
By: Newsmax Wires | 03 Jan 2013
The Daughters of the American Revolution has sparked a civil war in its ranks by removing any mention of Jesus Christ in its official book, as well as prayers and poems with Christian imagery, Fox News reports.
In addition, members are allegedly being told to refrain from praying in the name of Christ. “They are changing the legacy and intent of the Founding Ladies and rewriting the history of the Daughters of the American Revolution. How dare they?” one anonymous member told Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
“If they are saying it’s because of religious tolerance — my question is — if someone is so incensed over the name of Jesus and words like ‘white crosses’ that reference soldiers who died for America — is it not they who are intolerant?”
The omissions appear in the patriotic organization’s revised Ritual and Missal materials, a guide for chaplains. Members told Fox that DAR leaders made the alterations to be politically correct and accommodate new members with different religious beliefs. The network said the group’s president did not return calls seeking comment.
The DAR has also reportedly edited out an oath to the Constitution, a promise to respect the American flag, and patriotic hymns that reference God, including “America the Beautiful.”
“For 122 years Christianity was included in the Daughters of the American Revolution,” one member told Fox. “Without the name of Jesus Christ it is surely not Christianity. This has never been an issue until December of2011.”
The DAR, founded in 1890, is a non-profit, non-political women’s service organization open to descendants of American Revolution patriots.
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UPDATE*** Official Press Release
Message Regarding NSDAR Ritual and Missal
via Bren Landon | January 3, 2013 | DAR.org
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.
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.