The history of government tyranny has always been associated with the failure to protect the freedom of the peoples’ consciences from defilement by partisan government and/or church denomination monopoly.
Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut and others encouraged adoption of the First Amendment to protect all religions, not just their own. “Presidents, and others, attended church services [conducted by different denominations] on Sundays in the United States Capitol building.” “President Thomas Jefferson during his whole administration, 1801–1809, was a most regular church attendant.” “After the Civil War, the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., permitted the newly organized First Congregational Church . . . to use its chambers for church and Sunday school services.” “During that same time, specifically on May 13, 1866, Congress passed the Fourteenth Amendment” which was later misused by lawyers on the Supreme Court who forced removal of the Ten Commandments from “public property,” including local public school classrooms (James H. Hutson, Chief of the Library’s Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, 1998, 57–58).
Life-enhancing practices for family and community are not denominational. They are commonly known to and by man’s conscience, history and reliable moral texts (such as the Judeo-Christian Bible) as sources. Romans 13:8-10 speaks to all three, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” The Constitution also uses commandments, such as, “No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without Due Process of law.”
Religion by definition is a strongly held belief about the origin, meaning and purpose of life. The second oldest religion seeking monopoly control, identified by different names, is ancient. It popped up in Genesis as the “. . . tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil . . . Ye shall be as gods . . ..” God-wannabe authoritarians are, in fact, part of the second oldest religion. People are not stupid, but when a government teacher sanctions immoral political correctness and revisionist history, young students become stupefied.
A leading modern Darwinian evolutionist and anti-creationist philosopher, Michael Ruse, acknowledged that evolution is a God-rejecting religion. “Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion—a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality.” Michael Ruse, an ardent evolutionist who claimed to have been a Christian, continues, “. . . but I must admit that in this one complaint, and Dr. Gish of the Institute for Creation Research is but one of many to make it, the literalists are absolutely right. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today . . .. Evolution therefore came into being as a kind of secular ideology, an explicit substitute for Christianity.”
It is clear that some who have adopted the Darwinian God-rejecting faith for the origin of man want no competition from Due Process in education as defined by Creator-based Common Law. Empires that reject this standard for morality clutter the cemeteries of history, while the Ten Commandments and Golden Rule remain vibrant. The message of American exceptionalism is this: respect for the historic family enables the development of personal self-control from one generation to the next and prohibits the use of government power to curtail religious freedom.
~ David Norris