Friday, April 10, 2009

Founders' Daily Quote(s): 4/6-4/10

Monday, April 6, 2009.
"Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God...Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments."

--John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765

Does that sound like a deist to you? Does that sound like the powers that reign over us is one of man or of God? I know my answer...God and God alone!

Tue. 4/7/09.
"There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage."

--John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776

Therefore be it understood that even in the company of atheists, without religious underpinnings, Liberty of any kind will not, cannot survive.

Wed. 4/8/09.
"The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety."

--Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

It would appears as though history does indeed repeat itself when the teaching of it uncorropted is withheld from our young.

Thu. 4/9/09.
"[R]eligion, or the duty which we owe to our creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and this is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other."

--Virginia Bill of Rights, Article 16, June 12, 1776

This is the belief which allows atheists to live freely without fear of reprisal, but it does not grant to the atheist the power over the Christian thought or the practicing thereof such religious activities and public displays to which every man has been bestowed.

Fri. 4/10/09.
"It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage and such only as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent, both in order of time and in degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society."

--James Madison, Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, 1785

This is meant to protect individuals from the State ordering its people to pay tithes to the State in the name of God. The State is not God, but God does rule over the State and the individuals which inhabit it.

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