In the United States politicians from both parties too frequently attempt to show the voters how religious they are. They often speak of Judeo-Christian values and the US Constitution in the same breath to win support and votes. They either outright claim the US was founded as a Christian nation or strongly imply it. It’s not unusual to hear them make statements, as presidential hopeful Ted Cruz did when he won the Iowa caucus, that falsely claim the United States is based on Judeo-Christian values.
The US Constitution is not based on Judaism or Christianity. The US Constitution does not at all mention Judaism, Christianity, the Old or New Testaments, Moses, Jesus or Mary. It guarantees people the right to believe or not to believe in religion and keeps religion and government separate by stating in the First Amendment to the US Constitution in the Bill of Rights: “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.” The provisions promoting freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the right for people to peaceably assemble to petition the government regarding their grievances strengthen the first part of freedom of and from religion. It automatically makes such anti-liberty measures as blasphemy laws impossible and removes the danger of forcing people to attend and to financially support the government’s chosen religion as was the case prior to the American Revolution. In current times politicians like George W. Bush and Barack Obama attacked and attack the Constitutional principle of separation of religion and government in various ways and in particular by Bush creating the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and Obama changing its name to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships while expanding its funding and influence.
Compare the First Amendment to the Ten Commandments which are held as sacred and as being directly from the Supreme Intelligence/God by all of the Abrahamic “revealed”/hearsay religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism and Baha’i. The Ten Commandments demand that believers hold the Jewish god as the supreme god. In both cases where the Ten Commandments appear in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21, the commandments start with, “I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This makes clear the Ten Commandments were only intended for the Jews and not for Gentiles. It also makes very clear that religion is key to the commandments while the US Constitution is completely free of religion other than it stating that government will not promote or prohibit religion. This central Jewish, and subsequently adopted by the other Abrahamic “revealed”/hearsay religions, commandment is nowhere to be found in the US Constitution. If the politicians were correct in their claims that the US is based on Judeo-Christian values, wouldn’t at least the first and most important of the Ten Commandments be in the US Constitution??
In fact, none of the Ten Commandments are found in the US Constitution. The US Constitution was intended as a framework for the national government. It in now way promotes government as government is promoted in the Bible. Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution guarantees a republican form of government which is in direct conflict with the type of government the Bible promotes at Deuteronomy 17:15 which has God telling the Hebrews that he will decide who shall be king. In reality, of course, the priests decide who will be king, not God. To prove this point all we need to do is go up a few verses to Deuteronomy 17:12-13 where the priests wrote that God said, “And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hear ken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel. And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.” Does this sound Constitutional to you, to have priests tell the people who God wants as their president or king?? And to have anyone who doesn’t agree with the clergy put to death. This doesn’t sound very reasonable or American to me. In fact, it is a direct violation of the outstanding principle promoted in the Declaration of Independence which states:
“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
If America was founded on Judeo-Christian “values” the American founders never would have written the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution as they did. Instead of writing that governments are instituted among men and bringing about a revolution against the divine monarchy of their mother country, they would have kept quiet and gone along with the nonsensical claim of divine rights of kings.
Religions are all about a small select group of people, the clergy, controlling everyone else. They use the lie that they represent God and that to obey God people must obey them. The clergy work hand in glove with the politicians and government rulers. That is made evident in Romans 13:1-7 which teaches the faithful:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Based on this anti-freedom Bible teaching it is wrong to question the “powers that be” and anyone who does so, such as everyone who took part in the American Revolution, “shall receive to themselves damnation.” This would be a great topic to bring up at a Fourth of July church picnic!
In Islam the faithful are taught that Islam means to submit to God. However, as in all of the Abrahamic “revealed”/hearsay religions, in reality the people are not submitting to God regardless of what they believe. It is merely submitting to the will of the clergymen.
Each of the Abrahamic “revealed”/hearsay religions teach that their religion is what governments should be based upon. The Christian religious right makes the claim that the US was founded by Christians for Christians and the Bible should be what the government is grounded on. The father of the neoconservative movement, Leo Strauss, believed governments should be based on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Osama bin Laden believed, as do many Muslims, that government should be based on the Quran and Sharia law. In his 2002 letter to the American people he wrote, “You are the nation who, rather than ruling by the Shariah of Allah in its Constitution and Laws, choose to invent your own laws as you will and desire. You separate religion from your policies, contradicting the pure nature which affirms Absolute Authority to the Lord and your Creator.” All of this ungodly nonsense is based on the ASSUMPTION by each of the various “revealed”/hearsay religions that their “holy” books are from God, when in reality none of them are.
To be “un-American” would be to go against and harm the principles America is based upon. Those principles strongly include the principle of separation of religion and government. Therefore, when politicians attempt to undermine that key American principle, they are being un-American.
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