February 10, 2005

Founders Fever, Catch It!

You have to hand it to the founding father of this country. They were nearly to a man geniuses, devoted to reason and profoundly optimistic about what future generations would do with their freedom. The believed that the government would not be a vehicle for the majority to the minority. When Virginia passed a its Statute for Religious Freedom, James Madison proudly proclaimed that his state had "extinguished forever ambitious hopes of making laws for the human mind." Fast forward 219 years and we have the a Time magazine cover with the 25 most influential Evangelicals that asks "What does Bush owe them?" We end up with Virginian legislators trying to tamper with this influential statement of the separation of church and state:

"There have been attempts to discriminate against Christians and take out 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance," complained Carrico, a Republican from Independence (no joke) in defending his proposal.

As approved on a 14-6 committee vote, the amendment secures "the people's right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public property, including public school divisions."

The culture warriors of 2005 in contrast to the founders they try to claim as their own are a majority simultaneously claiming minorities have 'special rights' while screaming that they are being persecuted and deserve special rights. Of course nothing is new under the sun. In a letter to Jefferson, John Adams writes "What a mercy it is that these People cannot whip and crop, pillory and roast, as yet in the U. S.! If they could, they would." This is ultimately what they want. They want to get the people's money, to take control of the way people think, and to control what they do with their body all because they have concluded the events described in a really old book justify it.

Of course, one could say that doing what a really old book says is what defenders of the Jefferson law are doing. I think people who say that are stupid. I'll tell you why. Government founded on secular principles permit chances to refute, to argue, to make conclusions and to change ones mind not found in ones based on revealed irrefutable religion. To wit the concluding paragraph of the 'Statute:'

And though we well know that this assembly elected by the people for the ordinary purposes of legislation only, have no power to restrain the acts of succeeding assemblies, constituted with powers equal to our own, and that therefore to declare this act to be irrevocable would be of no effect in law; yet we are free to declare, and do declare, that the rights hereby asserted are of the natural rights of mankind, and that if any act shall be hereafter passed to repeal the present, or to narrow its operation, such act shall be an infringement of natural right.

One can only wish that all of the people wreaking all of this havoc had as much humility.

Posted by Spicolli' at February 10, 2005 8:20 AM