(born August 7, 1950) is an American conservative political activist, author, former diplomat, and perennial candidate for public office. A doctoral graduate of Harvard University, Keyes began his diplomatic career in the U.S. Foreign Service in 1979 at the United States consulate in Bombay, India, and later in the American embassy in Zimbabwe.
He ran for President of the United States in 1996, 2000, and 2008 (founding and serving as the presidential nominee of the America's Independent Party in 2008). He was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Maryland against Paul Sarbanes in 1988 and Barbara Mikulski in 1992, as well as in Illinois against Barack Obama in 2004. Keyes was appointed Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations by President Ronald Reagan, and served as Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1985 to 1987; in his capacities as a UN ambassador, among Keyes's accomplishments was contributing to the Mexico City Policy.
By Alan Keyes
Today, America is increasingly a nation in which certain opinions and groups are falsely deemed by those in power "more equal" and thus more worthy of protection than others, while those in opposition are tarred as outliers subject to persecution in the public square and even prosecuted under unjust "laws."
Because of this, I call upon you to join me on this day of dedicated Thanksgiving to our Father God for His great and continuous mercies to America, to offer it also as a special day of contrition for our blessed land.
Let us give renewed thanks to Almighty God for our manifold blessings, even as we as citizens and families seek to discern God's will for our nation and ask for God's forgiveness and blessings in the unpredictable times ahead.
And as we do so, let us emulate our nation's two greatest presidents – who bequeathed us this day of national Thanksgiving – in also asking with all humility our Father God's continued blessings and protections for our nation, and His forgiveness for our countless transgressions of His will.
For we know the stinging truth: America's many problems stem above all from decades of faithlessness, of failure to live fully, openly, and unashamedly in righteousness as we are called to do.
We are assured in our nation's very Founding creed – our Declaration of Independence – and in our Constitution and in all our Founding documents, laws, and institutions, that our government will stand upon a natural law philosophy establishing the ordered liberty that is America. This philosophy stands unique in human history as the God-honoring champion of human equality, and the guarantor of unalienable rights of life, liberty, and property of every human person, the defender of the rule of law.
A paramount obligation of the state, because of the duty owed to the Supreme Judge of the Universe, is our respect for the God-given right to the free establishment and free exercise of decent, God- fearing religion. America's Founding Judeo-Christian religious faith and convictions form the moral and intellectual foundation of the American regime.
Yet with what vigor and boldness have we publicly lived out the very blessings of liberty entrusted to us by our great American experiment in responsible self-government under God?
We, as God's people, still allow our politicians, courts, and bureaucrats to keep taking step after step to erode our God-ordained freedom, outlaw public expression or evidence of our faith, and deny the spiritual foundations of our great nation! The banning of God from our national common life – from our courthouses, our public schools, our military – proceeds apace. Legal protections, and religious and moral equivalence, are accorded to murderous cults and depraved practices that are the antithesis of the true sanctity owed to our Creator God.
For God to bless America, as our troubled society so desperately needs Him to do, outspoken leadership from the humblest to the loftiest levels must call our nation to repentance, and to action. And there is no better high ground on which to make our stand than to seek an end to the reigning political class in Washington that mocks God and continually subverts our troubled society.
To put a halt to these usurpations requires us to humble ourselves, to pray, and to act with courage – and to insist that our public officials, from our city councils to the Oval Office, and our Congress, halt the government's encroachments upon our free exercise of our Judeo-Christian faith.
As we enjoy this day of Thanksgiving with family and friends, let us pray for forgiveness for our manifold sins and affronts to our Heavenly Father. No virtue of ours, but only His infinite Grace and Mercy, and the glorious promise of the Resurrected Christ, can provide hope for us.
Let us pray for strength and fortitude to openly defend God's authority over the sovereignty of the American people – a power of self-governance and self-mastery entrusted us in our human equality by God the Father. Let us pray to no longer suffer from a lack of clarity and forthrightness about how America must address crucial issues of justice, moral law, national security, and the requirements of constitutional order.
For America's sake, let us today commit to step beyond the weak conventions of professing only "private" faith and summon the courage of each of us to be a strong advocate of national, public obedience to the authority of our Creator God and His moral law.
Let us remember that far too many of our fellow countrymen now accept the false doctrine of absolute "separation of church and state," as if embarrassed to bear witness to the Faith of our Fathers.
History teaches us this truth: nations follow the moral example of their leadership. So let us re-read the wise and humble words of our great leaders, Presidents Washington and Lincoln, who knew that "those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."
Let us make Thanksgiving Day this year a day of contrition, in obedience to2 Chronicles 7:14 – "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
And then let us resolve to act decisively in our own communities, to live our faith. For only by honoring God and his Supreme Authority in the affairs of men may we return America's constitutional order to its necessary equilibrium of sovereignty of a Godly people, limited power among our branches of government, sound ethics to public service – and at least in this faithfulness, become again a nation and a people remotely worthy of receiving the Gift of God's unfathomable Grace.
Ambassador Alan Keyes
Honorary Chairman, RenewAmerica