“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 to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The First Amendment to The U.S. Constitution
The intolerance of religious freedom has created more wars, death, and division among the human race than any other ideology. In today’s society there seems to be a sentiment of freedom from religion instead of freedom of religion. The Founding Fathers understood the importance of religious freedom and speech as two cornerstones to preserving liberty and freedom.
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”George Washington
Standards of character, morality, and a sense of right and wrong all stem from religion. Where our society has gotten lost is the notion that embracing religious principles or ideals makes you a hard-line religious nut. Society has to be accountable for it’s behavior. Without equality in accountability our liberty is at risk. That means politicians should be held to the same standards as the people who elect them into office. That also means famous or wealthy people are just as accountable to the laws of the land as the everyday working stiff.
“The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.” “We have staked the whole future of America civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future…upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God.” James Madison
The only way elected representatives can be held accountable to their employer (the American taxpayer) is to preserve all freedom of speech everywhere. No more of these Unconstitutional “free-speech zones” we saw during the presidential primaries. No more permits required to peacefully protest. Limiting free speech means the government can limit information to the People. Without information, the government has the ability to act in any way it sees fit; that’s not a free society.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” “Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.” John Adams
I think it has been obvious for decades the lack of morality and character that has invaded Washington D.C. Unfortunately it has been our lack of accountability, our lack of morality, our lack of religious principles which has allowed such corruption to infiltrate and erode our Republic.
“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” Patrick Henry
A society without moral leaders in and out of government can we preserve our freedom. The violators of morality must be exposed and taken out of positions of power and authority. The Founding Fathers knew the importance of religious and moral principles because they experienced what we experience today and chose another way, thank God. Do we have the resolve to preserve our Republic?
George Washington quotes: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_washington.html
James Madison quotes: http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quotes_by/james+madison
John Adams quotes: http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quotes_by/john+adams
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