Freedom of Religion
By Jennifer King
Featured Rightgrrl December 1998
August 13, 1999
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." Amendment One, the Bill of Rights.
Okay, I want to know - where's my freedom of religion? What about my rights? What about that state establishment of religion?
For, while any hint of "organized" religion is purged from every inch of any government orifice with the zeal of the Salem witchhunters, I and my kin are forced to submit to the approved state religion - rigid secularism, paganism and outright atheism.
In fact, this secularism/paganism/atheism which is an affront to me and my religious beliefs, is funded by my own tax dollars. My children are forced to be indoctrinated at government schools, taught principles to which I am morally and religiously opposed. My tax money goes to fund PBS, which gives this funding to projects such as "Elementarily Speaking" - a pro-homosexual, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish film geared for the schoolyard set. My money goes to the NEA, which uses it to promote the ridiculous (Karen Finley and her chocolate) and the profane (piss Christ). More of my money goes to fund environmental groups which make a habit of destroying private property rights and bilking private industry.
When we look at the issues which unite the left, we see one overriding principle - they are anti-religion - overwhelmingly and virulently so. Not content with mere "acceptance" or equal representation in the annual Christmas pageant, they seek instead to remove all vestiges of religion and aggressively push their secular and atheistic agenda on the hapless public. Homosexuality, promiscuity, divorce, "recreational" drug abuse, sexual deviancy, partial birth abortion, clemency for mass murderers comprise but a fraction of the left's odd causes which are funded with our money. Even environmentalism has devolved from the Biblical concept of man's stewardship over God's Creation into paganism and nature worship.
The United Nations' recent Global Diversity Assessment boldly declares that, "societies dominated by Islam and especially Christianity have gone farthest in setting humans apart from nature, thereby nature has lost its "sacred" qualities." The UN's solution to all this is to implement the "Wildlands Project" which would put up to 50% of American lands in wilderness areas where humans would not be allowed to go. The Senate did not ratify this treaty, but President Clinton, with his usual regard for the law, is busily implementing it regardless. Two programs spawned by the President's "Sustainable America" project include the American Heritage Rivers Act and the Clean Water initiatives, neither of which were passed by Congress, but which are being implemented through Executive Orders. Watersheds put under federal jurisdiction in these programs would include almost all of the West Coast, East Coast, the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. We lowly humans would be apparently be allowed to populate parts of the Midwest and the Great Plains. Of course, these federal programs and newly bloated bureaucracies would be filled with non-elected, non-accountable, faceless bureaucrats who are also paid for with our tax dollars.
If the Left is so concerned about the "separation of Church and state" (another misrepresentation since the words do not appear in the Constitution) why aren't they concerned about my rights since I am being forced to subsidize the state imposed religions of Paganism, Atheism and Secularism with my tax money? In fact, I could be forced to use my own money to abdicate my enjoyment of the ocean so that I can live on some dirt pile in the Mid West, if the Left has its way.
The Declaration of Independence opines that rights are endowed to humans from the Creator. These rights, which are "unalienable", embody the facts that "all men are created equal" and that they are entitled to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." "To secure these rights, governments are instituted among, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." The Declaration goes further, stating, " Whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and institute new government."
I think it's about time, don't you?
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