Yet again we must have this discussion due to current affairs
Fundamental to our nation, as written in our state Constitution by John Adams, second president of the United States who drafted our State Constitution, "As the happiness of a people, and the good order and preservation of civil government, essentially depend upon piety, religion and morality; and as these cannot be generally diffused through a community, but by the institution of the public worship of God…." "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God." Our Government fundamentally depends upon morality, which our society is based on, the fabric of our society, the conscience of people and not the government forcing morality on the people.
Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, "It is inconsistent with the spirit of our laws and Constitution to force tender consciences." James Madison, fourth president of the United States affirmed, "Government is instituted to protect property of every sort - conscience is the most sacred of all property." Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, "In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the constitution independent of the powers of the general government. I have therefore undertaken, on no occasion, to prescribe the religious exercises suited to it; but have left them, as the constitution found them, under the direction and discipline of state or church authorities acknowledged by the several religious societies." As Jefferson so described this as a "wall" or "fence" preventing the "establishment of a particular form of Christianity" by any one denomination and to promote the "free exercise of religion" everywhere. Fundamental to our nation is the protection of religion and the promotion of religion so stated by the founding fathers of this nation.
James Madison wrote, "Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government." The founding fathers of this nation established laws to prevent a situation we Declared Independence from, a Church of England wherein the government established its own Church to force conscience. This must not be misconstrued as an absolute "Wall of Separation" or absolute "Separation of Church and State." Christianity from its Jewish roots, the many Councils and Creeds divided amongst lesser divine, moral laxity, financial corruption and many reformations should be all inclusive in intent no matter what you call your self. From Anglicanism to Catholic to Methodists to Presbyterianism and so on, Christianity should not be divided but seen as a binding morality of this nation. With this, there must be protection of individual conscience and we are not forced to worship one narrative from the State. Of most concern must be the protection of our founding values of individual conscience, public government fundamentally depends upon morality of the people and not the national government forcing morality on the people.
George Washington first president of the United States from the Original Manuscript, "While we are zealously performing the duties of good Citizens and soldiers we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of Religion. To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian. The signal Instances of providential Goodness which we have experienced and which have now almost crowned our labours with complete Success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of Gratitude and Piety to the Supreme Author of all Good."
Of current affairs, although observations are subjective connections become a concern when in the absence of one is replaced with another. Wherein they erect a "peace pole" to worship at my towns school and wherein the principal was a devout Alinsky democrat radical with "ridicule is you most potent weapon." Thereof a young schoolgirl recently commits suicide bullied to death. Where they teach our children to report their parents if they do not follow their "Green" convictions has become the norm.
Pavel Stroilov on socialism; "Nazism was more direct in its reliance on brute physical force. It was also totalitarian, but it was a mere shadow of communism. Communism poisons the whole fabric of the society. It deliberately makes everyone an accomplice to its crimes. It teaches children to report on their parents to the secret police. It destroys all the links on which the society is based. But in the aftermath, the only way to recover is to rethink what you’ve been through. It requires a very painful process of – I don’t really want to bring religion into this, but the only correct word I can find – repentance. You have to realise, you have no one to blame but yourself. You have to condemn your past and reject it. Then, and only then, you can try and re-build your civilisation from ruins." Our dependence upon individual piety, religion and morality prevents this Socialist perversion and also may be our only salvation.
We must turn to history for possible examples of corruption of individual conscience by the government and the true magnitude that is possible. Socialism, Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” with some reports over forty million deaths, mostly woman and children starving to death. Socialism, Bolsheviks with some reports over thirty million deaths, mostly woman and children starving to death. Socialism, Nazism needs no explanation and the examples continue. This is indeed a "slippery slope" and what is at the bottom should convince everyone not to step in this direction. Yet here we are again with some on the right trying to marginalize the "social conservative" and those on the left trying desperately to push us closer to the edge. Those on the left are only looking for one more step, from removing God from our schools and pushing mandates to force tender consciences. This must not be ignored and past distortions and bastardization of our form of government must be undone.