Alan Keyes

Worked 11 years with the U.S. State Department; Became Ronald Reaganís ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council; In 1985 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations; A Republican candidate for President of the United States in 1996 where he brought the moral issues to the forefront of the debates.

"According to the First and Tenth Amendments, one of the privileges of our citizenship was to be immune from federal dictation, when it comes to the issue of religious establishment!"

"'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.' Now, I gotta tell you. There are those who say that that's a ban on religious establishment. Look at the words, my friend. It is no such thing. It clearly and plainly forbids the Congress of the United States to make any law on the subject, one way or another! They cannot prohibit religious establishment, and they cannot establish a religion."

"Without a moral heart, we shall not maintain our decent liberty."

Ten Commandments press conference rally in Alabama, August 28, 2003

"All those liberals in this country have tried to put us in a box, where freedom of religion means the freedom to believe as you chose. No! The free exercise of religion means that we have the right in our families, and in our schools, and in our communities, and in our governments, and in our states to live according to the word of God!"

Ten Commandments rally in Alabama, August 16, 2003

"What they are doing in the courts, what these judges are doing when they toss out the Ten Commandments, toss out and against the will of people in the states and in communities their desire to show their reverence for Almighty God, what they are doing is imposing a uniform national regime of disbelief and atheism on the people of this country! They are doing exactly what the Constitution of the United States forbids."

Ten Commandments rally in Alabama, August 16, 2003

"The problem here isn't that God has abandoned anybody. The problem here is that we are abandoning Him. The problem here is that we have gotten ashamed of Him. The problem here is that, even though He providentially put us, in particular, in the context of a society where we were invited to enjoy the fruits that come from our submission to His will, we have, through a combination of willfulness, laziness, and indifference, let it slip away."

Concerned Women for America, March 31, 2001

"Bill Clinton was a mirror held up to America. And what we read in that mirror was not something about him, but something about us. It read clearly the consequence of our character, self-discipline, or institutions, and our possibilities, as long as we embrace the willful principle that worships our own indulgence and lusts instead of the authority and will of the God Who gave us our rights."

Concerned Women for America, March 31, 2001

"Either our rights come from God, or they come from a human choice. Either our rights are here by the will of God, or they're here by our mother's choice. Either we must respect the integrity of God's choice in every human being, in every human life, because it is God's word and God's will before we have anything to do with it, or not a single one of us are safe in our claim to rights and freedoms."

McKay Events Center in Orem, Utah, September 22, 2000

"I believe that Lincoln was right. He said at one point in his career that everything that we did in American public life was based upon the principles in the Declaration of Independence."

New Jersey press conference, May 15, 2000

"The claim that we have to human rights and dignity does not come--as some folks in the ACLU want us to believe--from the Bill of Rights, and it doesn't come from the Constitution, and it doesn't come from the laws passed by the Congress, and it doesn't come from the decisions that are taken by the Supreme Court. That claim to human dignity and human rights, which is the foundation of our whole way of life, rests on the power and the will, the existence and the authority of Almighty God, not on any human foundation."

Renew America rally in Alabama, April 29, 2000

"Our country was founded and sustained over its life by people who understood the profound truth, that the life we live and the history we are part of unfolds in the presence of a Judge--and we can tempt His judgment for just so long, and then we suffer the consequences. That's what lead Jefferson, when he looked upon the institution of slavery, to write in the notes on Virginia. I think it was: 'I tremble for my country when I think that God is just, and that his justice will not sleep forever.'"

"Our greatest statesmen were not afraid to acknowledge the existence of God. They were not afraid to remind this nation that, unless we live in the light of His precepts, we could incur the judgment that falls against our transgressions."

"We have created an educational system, funded throughout the country by taxpayer dollars, that systematically turns our children away from the truth that makes them free."

"Without faith, there is no freedom. Without God, there is no liberty."

"We stand on no high moral plateau in our time. We are, in fact, plumbing depths of depravity unknown to our ancestors--and whatever may have been the evil in which they engaged, at least they were willing to acknowledge the principle by which their evil was condemned. We have even turned our back on the principle."

"Why do we go on happily believing that everything will continue as it is? That elections, that due process, that all the things we take for granted, will just keep chugging along? It's never been that way anywhere else. You look at any historical epoch you want to name: when folks finally discarded the moral foundation of their civilization, that civilization collapsed."

"We are in the midst, right now, today, of the most dangerous crisis in the history of our nation's life. It is a crisis that was predicted by our Founders and our greatest statesmen who understood that the end of American liberty would not result from foreign conquest or material collapse, but our liberty would end because, having given up our moral discipline and its true foundations, we would meekly and sadly surrender it without a shot."

Renew America rally in Orem, Utah, March 8, 2000

"If our house of freedom is based upon a foundation that clearly and explicitly requires that we acknowledge the existence and respect the authority of God, when we fail in that acknowledgment and turn our backs on that authority, what will happen to the house of liberty? Though we haven't realized fully yet, it's got to fall. Liberty can't survive on any other basis."

"Even when we were caught unprepared, as we certainly were at the beginning of WWII, we still managed to rally our forces and to deal with adversity in the face of a situation where it looked as if that evil was bidding fair to conquer great parts of the entire world. We rallied our forces and we came back stronger than before. Not because of our military might, which was laid low in the beginning, but because of our faith and our moral spirit; because of our refusal to surrender our belief that this nation represents a unique resource for human hope, and human justice, and human dignity. I think those moral reserves are in fact the key to America's survival, to America's strength and to America's hoped-for future."

"Freedom does not mean doing what you can get away with, doing what you please. It means, instead, having the opportunity to do what you ought to do, for family, and for community and for humanity as a whole."

Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, March 4, 2000

"I don't think America is slouching toward Gomorrah. I think America is galloping toward Gomorrah! Indeed, I think America is, by now, probably galloping around the town square in Gomorrah. And I think we'd better wake up and begin to take seriously that this is not a condition in which freedom can long survive."

Republican Jewish Coalition, December, 1, 1999

"If we do not address this moral crisis now and rightly, we will not just lose a little, we will lose it all, and so will all those others who depend on our strength and confidence in this world."

Republican Jewish Coalition, December 1, 1999

"Our Founders didn't just tell us that we have rights. They told us where those rights come from. And it was not from constitutions, and it was not from victories on the battlefield. It was not from stock markets and the strength of our economic life. It was not from any human power or any human judgments whatsoever. For in that great language, in those great words, they invite us to bow our knee before that source of our rights, which is the source of all our strength and all our dignity: the power, the will, the authority of our Creator, God."

Fourth of July speech in Iowa, July 4, 1999

"We have a tradition in our Christian faith of people who risked their lives, who risked their fortunes, who risked everything there was about themselves in a worldly sense--gave it all up, didn't care about it, got it crushed time and again. And do you realize most of us won't even risk embarrassment for the sake of the truth? We are too embarrassed to do what's needful."

Pastorís Policy Briefing, June 1, 1998

"Those of us who are people of faith--those of us who lift our hearts up to Almighty God, and seek to do and surrender to His will--we need stop acting as if our faith is un-American! Our faith is the bedrock principle on which this nation is grounded!"

Urban Family Council, 1998

"Our experiment with value-free education has turned out education that has no value and children that have no sense of values. . . . We have an educational system that has our children wandering in the moral desert with no stars to guide them."

Southern Methodist University, February 24, 1997

"I believe in free enterprise because I believe people have the moral capacity to make the right judgments about how they use material things. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't believe in free enterprise. Destroy character, and you destroy the capacity for economic freedom. Preserve character, and you preserve the best argument for economic liberty."

American University, November 3, 1996

"I feel like we're between two great possibilities: we're either going to turn things around, and in this generation see the rising sun of a new moral dedication in America, or we're going to lose the struggle for that moral renewal, throw away the basic principles on which our life and civilization is based, and head toward a new century that will make the 20th century look like a dress rehearsal for evil."

ďThe Right Understanding of Love,Ē October, 1996

"I believe that it is absolutely clear, in everything the Founders did, that they intended the Declaration to be a bridge between the Bible and the Constitution--between the basis of our moral faith and the basis of our political life. If we allow the bridge to be torn down, then what we will have is a chasm between this nation's life and its moral foundations. And into that chasm will fall every hope we have for the future."

Declaration Foundation Inaugural Reception, August 11, 1996

"Weíre defining freedom as what the Founders would have called ďlicentiousness.Ē That means that you think freedom is the license to do whatever you please, instead of the opportunity to do what pleases God Almighty. And once we go down that road of licentiousness, freedom becomes a curse--a curse upon the land, a curse upon the peaceful streets, a curse upon the schools, a curse upon our childrenís hearts."

"Some people like to suggest that Iím suggesting that atheists canít be Americans. Thatís not true. As a matter of fact, I often try to remind people, you can live in America without believing in God because America believes in God. Thatís the root of our respect for individual rights and freedom."

Christian prayer service in Michigan, July 9, 1996

"We aren't supposed to be out there just grubbing for money and seeing who can get the fanciest car, and who will live in the nicest house, and all of this other garbage they tell us is the American Dream. The American Dream was not a dream of material success. It was a dream of moral dignity."

Speech in Santa Barbara, May 7, 1995

"Look at what's happening in the streets of our cities. Look at what's happening to our families today. Do you think that the decline of marriage and the moral dissolution of the family is a money problem? Or do you think it's a problem that comes from putting the self first, from deciding that there are no obligations that have to be respected, and at the end of the day freedom is just another kind of empty licentiousness?  We know better, and our Founders knew better, and it's time that we get back to the truth."

Republican Candidate Event in New Hampshire, February 19, 1995

 

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