We do not need zealots – Christian or any other – taking over our liberty movement.

The danger of theocracy is easily seen in this example. These people would take us back to medieval Europe where men of the mind like Galileo Galilei were punished for thinking.

For centuries, the mystics of spirit had existed by running a protection racket – by making life on earth unbearable, then charging you for consolation and relief, by forbidding all the virtues that make existence possible, then riding on the shoulders of your guilt, by declaring production and joy to be sins, then collecting blackmail from the sinners. [Ayn Rand, For the New Intellectual]

As a teenager, I caught grief in the Bible Belt because I refused to conform to the accepted standards of short hair, clean shave, and no earrings/body jewelry for males. Over the years, these types of expectations have dwindled, and it has gotten much better since the 1980’s. Where I live in the US, there seems to be a growing problem with people wanting to mix religion with politics again. It is scary to think what would happen if America became a realistic image of the myth that America was founded on Christianity. I am not writing this blog to debate religion; therefore I will not allow debates about religion to overload this thread. What I will discuss is how this ideology of establishing a god-fearing nation based upon Christianity is dangerous. True Christianity in itself is not the problem or the issue at hand, therefore my complaint is not with the practice of Christianity. The problems creep in when Christians want to use their beliefs as a foundation for law. When this occurs, it opens a Pandora’s box with dire consequences. Our Constitution forbids these types of laws (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. source), and the Bill of Rights guarantees us the right to be free from religious oppression.

The last thing we need is for our liberty movement to be hijacked by religious zealots whose desire is to establish a nation based upon their interpretations of their faith. If this occurs, then the obvious question is whose Christianity will be in charge? Which group will be the sole authority to interpret God’s laws for the rest of us? By what means will these laws be enforced? Since there are many sects within the realm of Christianity, how would this be decided? It’s easy to say you want to restore America back to her Christian roots, but it’s totally different when it is tried because the fact is America was never founded upon the Christian faith. To create an America based upon Christianity is to destroy the America our founding fathers gave us.

There is a lot of misinformation about our country’s origins pushed forth by those who want a theocracy. I have debated Christians who claim the Tenth Amendment (The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. source) gives the states the right to setup Christian-based laws. This logic blows my mind! The Bill of Rights and our US Constitution do give the states the power to pass laws and enact laws not delegated to the federal government, BUT it does not give the states the right to overpower the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States. Such a gross misunderstanding of our laws is a foundation for disaster waiting to happen.

I think the best thing to do is to focus on restoring the republic back to the people and repealing all laws that hinder our liberties and pursuit of happiness. Religion does have a place in America regardless of what some people may think. The Founding Fathers thought enough of religion to give us freedom of religion and freedom from religion. The Founding Fathers thought enough of the individual to place safe guards in our laws so that a religious tyranny would not be allowed to flourish as it did in Europe.

Immovable Earth…back to the Dark Ages

I am sure glad this guy does not have the power to create and enact laws!

I disagree with atheists who seek to repeal religion from America. We cannot forbid the free exercise of faith, nor can religion be used to opress those who reject religion. Just like atheism, religion is a personal conviction that must be done on an individual level without being forced into it via the government and/or laws designed to promote faith or the lack there of.

My personal faith in god(s), goddess(es), or lack of belief in a divine power(s) is irrelevant in our pursuit of restoring our nation back to it’s roots which is a government for the people and by the people. All that matters is that we all work together for a common goal. We can disagree over religion; we can debate religion; but let’s respect each other’s right to freely pray, practice faith, protest religion, deny religion, and be free of oppression because of religion. Let’s keep religion and atheism out of our laws and stop seeking to force people to observe one or the other.

John Wolff talks about the complaint filed against Prudhomme

No one is forcing him to eat here. Private business has a right to offer these types of deals. It’s no different than AARP discounts, employee discounts, etc.

1. Laws like Blue Laws are based on religious interpretation. The foundation of these types of laws are to force non-believers and businesses to adhere to the church’s rules concerning the sale of alchohol and/or business hours on Sunday. These laws are a violation of our rights and should be abolished. Every Sunday in my state, I am reminded of religious oppression when I am forced to observe Blue Laws in respect to the first day of the week. In the past, when I have challenged these laws, those who support these laws evade these simple question,”What is the basis of not being able to buy alcohol on Sunday? Why Sunday?” But then again, if a business decides to sale a banned Sunday product or open before the alloted time on Sunday, these zealots will use the threat of force to mandate their laws be obeyed without question. Sounds a lot like what the Marxists do, doesn’t it?

2. Laws and lawsuits that target the free exercise of religion and the right of business to celebrate any religious holiday it sees fit are also a violation of our rights. Just because one denies the existence of God and/or disagrees with an opposing belief, does not give them the right to mandate through law that these beliefs must be concealed in public. Those who seek to destoy the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the right of private property are just as bad as the religious zealots passing Blue Laws.

In the two examples above, both sides are wrong. We have no moral right to force an individual to observe religious rules, nor do we have the right to deny individuals the right to freely express their faith or lack of belief in public and/or publicly funded events. Individuals have the right to accept or deny religion in thier homes, their property, and in their private business. Our rights do not include the right of not being offended. It’s one thing to pass laws based on faith which should be repealed, but its completly different when an individual or group is lawfully practing their faith (or lack of faith) in the public’s view and/or on public property. Public property belongs to the people; therefore the people have the right to publicly display their faith or lack of faith. Those who seek to pass laws trampling our rights are wrong not matter what the reason. Those who are in your face with religion or lack there of are just annoying and/or ignorant in my opinion. I disgree and fight against laws designed to enforce religion or atheism, but I defend the rights of these people to speak in public, protest in public, etc.

I personally abhor theocracy because it is the worst form of government ever created by mankind. Not only does it set out to control our everyday lives, but it seeks to control our thoughts and destroy reason. I do not fight the right to practice one’s faith, and I do not fight one’s right to deny faith. I do not condemn businesses who openly practice thier faith or businesses that do not allow the practice of faith. I do speak out agianst anyone who seeks to use law to establish obedience to religion and those who seek to use law to silence the freedom of religion.

People should be able to live their lives as they see fit as long as they are obeying common sense laws and not hurting anyone else in the process. We all have the freedom to walk away from those with whom we disagree. We can debate, and we can boycott any business with whom we disagree for whatever reason. We do not have the right to use the courts to undermine our core rights and civil liberties as citizens because we disagree. Using the threat of force is immoral regardless if it is done in the name of reason or in the name of God/god(s).

My view of religion would no doubt offend many people, but that is my right. My view is my business, and I will fully exercise my rights to express how I feel when challenged or when I want to speak. I try to be as passive as possible with both sides. I just try to bring the debate to a common sense approach aligned with our rights as US citizens. I try to be a voice of reason and hope that all sides can coexist even though we all disagree and will never agree.

It is for these reasons, I cannot and will not support parties like The Constitution Party (Click here for their beliefs about restoring America to a theocracy) who want to create a theocratic nightmare!

This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been and are afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.

The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries.(source)

See also:

The trust test of liberty…

The 24 Types of Authoritarian

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Real leadership is not raising taxes but making hard cuts…

Recently my city council voted to raise taxes in order to overcome budget problems. With long faces they proclaimed their decree as if it was the hard thing to do. They deemed it necessary to place another burden on the tax payer and then patted themselves on the back for taking the right stand that was the unpopular. These cowards, consisting of both D’s and R’s, took the easy road and simply raised taxes instead of cutting wasteful programs, spending, and city positions.

As much as these types of leaders like to say that raising taxes and going against the will of the people is real leadership, it is a bold face lie. They refuse to truly take the hard road and cut waste. By cutting waste they will bring the wrath of the progressives and the liberal media upon themselves. This threat of bad publicity and possibly being called names is far more than these self-proclaimed “leaders” are willing to endure, so they take the easy road and vote to raise taxes.

It’s time for us to remove these cowards from office. We need people who will stand firm when the media starts its spin machine, endure protests from racists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, endure the rent-a-mobs’ protests, ignore the threat of force by faceless cowards on the internet, ignore the looters when they proclaim hardships because of these types of waste cuts, and who will truly cut the waste. A real leader endures for the good of his people. Right now, the people are being taxed to death and regulated into Marxism. We need people who will stand on individualism, capitalism, and put the people’s consitutional rights above altruism’s pitiful pleas and cries.

We need leaders who know how to lead and who are willing to lead by example. When challenged by looters and progressive Marxists, we need leaders who are bold and willing to explain their actions in a way which debunks the looters’ cries.

It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.  ~Ayn Rand

As you celebrate Memorial Day 2012 remember this….

Our great men and women died to give us the rights we are allowing the government to take away daily. The least we can do is vote these nanny state tyrants out of office and fight to take back our local governments.

The road ahead of us is not an easy task. Restoring America to it’s roots of individualism, liberty, and the free market would be a wonderful way to honor those who gave their lives for our country.

I love my country, those who serve in the military, and those who have died defending it. This is why I stand for the rights given to us by our founders, and why I resist those who desire to turn my home into a Marxist hell hole or a theocratic nightmare.

We must win our city and county elections in order to restore liberty and freedom

One major political battle often overlooked is the battle for our local governments. City and county governments can be as oppressive and progressive as the federal government. I would encourage each of you to form activist groups and brainstorm ways to win your city and county council seats. In order to win these elections, it will require a lot of hard work and door-to-door visitations. We must come up with a way to explain our views and what we want to accomplish in a way that is easy to understand.

By taking over the city and county, we can eliminate zoning laws and work to restore property rights to the people who own the land. We can work to eliminate unneccessary programs on the city and county levels. We can reduce the tax burden and work to eliminate city and county property taxes. There is a lot we can do on these local levels which can make a big difference in how our local governments govern the people. Many services done by the city and county could be run better by the private sector, paid for by the individual using those services instead of everyone being taxed to pay for a service whether they use it or not.

In my opinion, this is one of the most important battle grounds and is being overlooked. I believe we are too focused on DC, causing us to have many local elections with only one name on the ballot. Just imagine what liberty-loving capitalists could do if we took control of our local governments and then moved on to the state level.

The Libertarian Party is very helpful in helping people get started in local elections (click here). If the Libertarian Party is not for you, then run under whatever party name you feel is close to your beliefs. Just do something!

The main thing is we need to stop trusting the status quo and start thinking for ourselves. We should look into the laws which have been passed on our city and county levels. If the people elected are the ones pushing higher taxes, wasteful spending, and zoning regulation, we should be working to remove them from office because they are taxing us to death and taking our freedoms away in the name of the collective good.

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” Thomas Jefferson