1.16.2010

Happy Religious Freedom Day

Our founding fathers established a religiously neutral nation, and a tragedy of our time is that so many people are striving to undo all that was accomplished by the wisdom of the founding fathers who framed for us a constitution that would protect the religious freedom of everyone regardless of personal creed.

An even greater tragedy is that they many times hoodwink the public into believing that they are only trying to make our nation what the founding fathers would want it to be.

Separation of church and state is what the founding fathers wanted for the nation, and we must never allow anyone to distort history to make it appear otherwise.

I’ve studied history, America’s and the rest of the World. I know the oppression and evil that can occur when a religion becomes the State or vice Versa. Some of the more heinous and memorable acts under a Religious State include: Drowning and burning heretics and witches in the colonies including the murder of Quakers; the Catholic Church’s burning Nicholas Copernicus at the stake and imprisoning of Galileo for life for the crime of claiming the Earth was round; The Crusades; The Spanish Inquisition; the burning of the library at Alexandria; Selling indulgences; and The Church Tax that was collected throughout Europe whether you believed or not.  We have only to look at Iran or Afghanistan under the Taliban to see the dangers in our own time.

So celebrate your religious liberty today. Say a prayer, a chant, an incantation, a meditation or just a friendly nod to this very important freedom. This means you have the right to practice or not practice any religion you choose. It means the United States government may not force you to practice or support a religion or church that you don't want to support.

That is what a right is. It is a sphere of activity in which the citizen may participate without interference from the government. As such, you are free to practice your own religion or lack thereof.

As President Obama said in his proclamation:

On Religious Freedom Day, let us pledge our constant support to all who struggle against religious oppression and rededicate ourselves to fostering peace with those whose beliefs differ from our own. In doing so, we reaffirm our common humanity and respect for all people with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth.




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