I have dedicated this site to the memory of my father, Wayne Knecht, his pursuit of truth and desire to share it. May his voice continue to be heard.
When I was much younger he wore a belt buckle that said the following: “God, Guns & Guts are what made America Free”. For me it was more than the words themselves, it was the message that they represented which I identified with.
As my formative years were along the Wasatch front in Utah I recall a good balance between Faith and Patriotism. Not only do I consider myself a God fearing individual but someone committed to the freedoms and liberties afforded here within the United States of America. This is not to suggest there is either a religious or secular perfection but rather the pursuit of it. It is this desire for truth that I find appealing. It is with those that share similar goals and interests that I find stimulating thought.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence of the United States
“I established the Constitution of this land,” said the Lord, “by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose” (D&C 101:80). At the conclusion of the Declaration of Independence, they wrote, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” This Declaration was a promise that would demand terrible sacrifice on the part of its signers. Five of the signers were captured as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary War; another had two sons captured. Nine died from wounds or from the hardships of the war. The Lord said He “redeemed the land by the shedding of blood” (D&C 101:80). Nephi recorded that the Founders “were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations” (1 Ne. 13:19). – President Ezra Taft Benson, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence of the United States