Saturday, February 17, 2007

Beware Theocracy

The United States is a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world to emulate. It is a republic not a theocracy. Why? The founding fathers looked to Europe and saw the alliance of State Governments with Religion. The alliance allowed the Government to exercise religious authority and political authority over its citizens. Absolute power is far too much power for mere mortals to have. The founders saw this and rejected the idea of an official State Religion. We need governments of men and women, people with whom we can argue and throw out if we cannot reach an agreement. We need laws that flow from the people and are enforced by elected governments. We need governments of men and women who understand that all people have a right to worship or not worship their chosen deity. When governments get into the religion business one thing is clear. One form of one religion is chosen to the exclusion of all others. This is never the end of troubles, it is the beginning of trouble. Insist on your right to worship as you please. Insist on your brothers and sisters right to worship as they please. Render to the government that which is the governments and to your chosen God that which is Gods. Do not render to the Government the right to establish close ties with religion or to form an official state religion. If the alliance between Church and State rises again then it will cloak itself in the divine right to rule and will extinguish America’s beacon of freedom.


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