Freedom OF Religion
Freedom FROM Religion
Where Christianity is the foundation of society, there is where freedom can be found, the further away from Christ and the Scriptures a society gets, the closer they are to socialism and tyranny. This is well demonstrated in the downward progression from Christian Conservatism to Liberal Secular Humanism!
Article I, Section 9, Paragraph (12) - “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” --- Confederate States Constitution
Amendment I - “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” --- United States Constitution
Among the most cherished freedoms is the freedom of religion and it is this right which came under direct attack in the early 1960’s when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Almighty God, the Holy Scripture and Prayer in public schools. Both the Confederate States and United States Constitutions include what has come to be known as a ‘Bill of Rights.’
The Confederate States Constitution includes these rights in the text of the constitution, while the United States Constitution adds them as the first ten amendments. In this case we are reviewing the ‘freedom of religion’ clause in both constitutions.
Notice in the wording the phrase ‘…prohibiting the free exercise …’ meaning Congress shall make no laws whatsoever which has the effect of prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Both constitutions were designed as a restraint upon federal, not state power!
The Supreme Court on the other hand has never been granted the power to rule against ‘freedom of religion! The U.S. Constitution was drafted as a restriction and a safeguard against the concentration and the abuse of power by federal authorities. A letter by Thomas Jefferson’s has been used falsely as a sword and a heavy hand against the States and the people!
Neither of these two constitutions from which the aforementioned quotes have been derived, is a living document, but a contract between ‘We the People’ and the several States. These States have joined in a Voluntary Republic of Sovereign States and a Voluntary Confederation of Sovereign States in the case of the Confederate States of America.
One must begin by understanding certain truths, that the central government, confederate or United States, has absolutely no power save those which are ‘loaned’ to them under the terms of the contract, known as the constitution. Therefore the only powers they may exercise are those specifically enumerated in the contract or constitution itself!
When examining these the powers, which have been loaned to them by ‘We the People’ via our representatives in the individual States, we cannot find listed the right of ‘Freedom FROM religion.’ Quite clearly in order to enforce such an erroneous doctrine, requires usurping powers prohibited under the ‘free exercise’ clause.
Therefore when public schools are established, they are equally obligated by the terms of ‘Freedom OF religion’ or else they must alter or abolish the public schools system, to the degree they refuse to fall into compliance.
The commonly stated authority for doctrine of ‘Freedom FROM ‘Religion’ is the phrase ‘Separation of Church and State’, a quote from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson and taken out of the context in which it was written.
There are difficulties with using this quotation as a prohibition of the free exercise of religion: The U.S. and C.S. Constitutions were adopted and ratified by the several States, on the other hand this now well known quotation cannot be found within its text!
The text of these constitutions serves as the only national governing document of two nations. The individual sovereign States did not ratify the letter from Thomas Jefferson as the national governing document nor include his letter in any amendment, including the phrase ‘Separation of Church and State. Nowhere in the drafting and ratification process of these two constitutions was such phrase used.
If quotations outside either of these constitutions is to be accepted as a mandate, I’d like to include the Ten Commandments, which if enforced in the same manor as the ‘Separation of Church and State’ phrase, we could clean house on federal usurpation of power and make police work the most boring job in town.
We could also include many quotations from any number of founding fathers, if we are to pick and choose, according to the methods of those who support ‘Freedom FROM Religion. One cannot help but wander if Thomas Jefferson had stated ‘Lawyers are unqualified to sit on the judicial bench’ would these same people now be advocating this phrase as a federal judicial mandate.
Allow me to say the only constitution which contains a phrase even approaching ‘Separation of Church and State’ is the former Constitution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics’ which went bankrupt and collapsed under the weight of its own tyranny.
Additionally, the free exercise of ‘Freedom OF Religion’ has never insinuated the establishment of a Theocracy as some have claimed, rather an affirmation of an unalienable right, endowed by Almighty God in creation. This relatively brief sketch on a subject which deserves far more attention then can be give here!
None-the-less the damage done by the absence of the Almighty God, the Holy Scripture and Prayer in public schools is far greater then any alleged difficulties caused during the period prior to their being banned. One might point to an explosion in a variety of crimes as well as a high pregnancy rate among teens, which includes those who have had abortions.
Not-with-standing the complete collapse of all social mores to the degree that the common response comes down to ‘so what’ which also points to an enormous drop in the scholastic aptitude among the student body. Our students are attending school more and learning less!
The fallacy of using the Thomas Jefferson quote to ban the Almighty God, the Holy Scripture and Prayer from public schools, lay not only in it being an unconstitutional and illegal infringement of our unalienable and constitutional rights but is a misuse of the quotation. Precious few of our founding fathers as well as those of us in our own time refer to ‘The Church’ when referring to Christianity in a general sense.
Christianity today, just as then, is divided into Denominations, each having its own doctrinal peculiarities, and it is this meaning of the word Church to which Thomas Jefferson was alluding. Had he meant to ban Christianity from the public arena, he would have stated so in plain English, rather then referring to the Church, when referencing Denominations.
It was his opinion that no single Denomination should be permitted to become the single representative of Christianity. It was never his intent or that of the other founding fathers, to ban Christianity from the public schools.
However regardless of what Thomas Jefferson intended, his letter and the phrase ‘Separation of Church and State’ are not included in either the Confederate States or the United States Constitution. These two documents alone, stand as the only national governing document of their respective nations and are clearly intended as an instrument to limit and restrict the exercise of usurped power by the government these two constitutions have establish.
Note also these two constitutions do not establish the States; rather it was the States which established their respective national governments. Therefore it is the national governments of these two nations, which are bound by the provisions of these two constitutions! We have witnessed a process since the surrender of our Confederate Armies at Appomattox Courthouse, whereby the only constitutional restrictions, are those which are usurped and imposed upon the people.
In drafting this essay on ‘Freedom OF Religion’ quotes could have been taken from any number of the Colonial Founding Fathers, who would equally be appalled at today Secular Humanists and their agenda to cleanse the public arena, of any references to the Almighty God, the Holy Scripture and Prayer. Particularly when the exercise of our faith was above all else, the foundation of the nation of which they established.
However it is felt that our own General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson said it best when he stated, "Without God's blessing I look for no success, and for every success my prayer is, that all the glory may be given unto Him to whom it is properly due. If people would but give all the glory to God and regard his creatures as but unworthy instruments my heart would rejoice. Alas too frequently the praise is bestowed upon the creature." --- Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, 31 July 1862.
This same quote is equally true regarding the long-term survivability of the United States, particularly as it has been previously known in its past history. The freedom to worship and exercise our faith in the Almighty God, the Holy Scripture and Prayer is not only an unalienable right endowed by Almighty God in Creation, but essential to the long term survival of our liberties in a civilized society.
Otherwise in due course of time we shall fall under the iron boots of tyranny! Those who cannot or will not govern and discipline themselves according to divinely inspired moral principles, will eventually be subjugated to a tyrant who will mandate their obedience by force of arms.
We as a people will either permit ‘the free exercise of our faith in Almighty God, the Holy Scripture and Prayer both in public and private’ or live under tyranny; the choice is ours and ours alone. Those who strive to live in a society without the influence of Almighty God, take care least your wish is granted!
God save the Confederacy