Mega Genius® Intelligence Briefing :
Most people believe what is convenient and disregard everything else.
Furthermore, they easily lurch into anger whenever certain subjects are broached. Then, because their emotionally distorted thought processes have become irrational, they stumble into illogical conclusions.
Let’s unemotionally and intelligently examine a few facts about two such subjects: government and religion.
More than 98 percent of all universal laws have not yet been discovered and recognized by the inhabitants of Earth. One of the universal laws involves both government and religion. Here is that law
Government and religion operate optimally to the degree that they are isolated from each other.
Now that may not sound newsworthy to you, since modern humanity suspects that government and religion don’t mix well. Yet it often chooses to disregard the law, which it is not certain is true, and mix the two subjects anyhow, conveniently believing that things will somehow work out right. That invariably results in misfortune, which humanity then doesn’t understand that it created.
A government is that body of persons that exercises authoritative direction or control of an organization. A government of a country makes the laws and directs the operations of that country. Note that government controls and directs, and is authoritative.
Since government has the authority to limit or compel the actions of an individual, and thereby decrease his freedom, let’s consider government to be a negative terminal.
A religion is a proposed way to attain wisdom. Of course, some religions lead to more wisdom than others. A religion may recognize the existence of a god, as do Christianity, Judaism, and Islam; or many gods, as do Hinduism and the Polynesian religion; or take no position on any deity, as do Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism; or refute the existence of any god, as Atheism does. Note that religion is a freedom to believe.
Since religion is a freedom to believe, and pursue a chosen road to wisdom, let’s consider religion to be a positive terminal.
Both government and religion have played major and continuous roles throughout the multibillion-year history of this physical universe and all across its multitudinous star systems. Throughout those eons, however, a pattern is clear.
Whenever the authoritative control of government and people’s freedom of religion have intermingled, then the universal law that I referenced has been violated. Then the most valuable of all freedoms — the freedom for one to pursue his chosen road from ignorance to wisdom — has been significantly threatened, and subsequently may be lost. Invariably then, an emotional discharge between the two opposing terminals has occurred. The result has been big trouble.
As I told you in the Mega Genius® Intelligence Briefing titled “Making the Universe Work for You, “It is imperative that we hold terminals apart to prevent a sudden discharge from occurring. As long as we maintain sufficient space between the terminals, they will not short out and we can manipulate the unequal charge for various beneficial purposes.”
At any time and place in this entire physical universe, the mixing of government and religion — resulting in a short circuit between the two terminals — is extremely bad technique.
In the early 1600′s, some of my ancestors who sought religious freedom fled the Hemel Hempstead area of Hertfordshire, England, for the new world. Their descendants later donated the land on which the town of Topsfield, Massachusetts, now stands.
These courageous men and women — as American as the flag, fireworks and cherry pie — were willing to give up their occupations, friends, homes, land, and Country, and sail thousands of miles away to escape the tentacles of their Government’s authoritative control and to give birth to a land of greater freedom for all future Americans.
My ancestors helped finance the construction of Boston’s Old North Church, in 1723, from which Paul Revere initiated his famous signal of two lanterns from the belfry, in 1775, igniting the War for Independence from the British.
Only one third of our U.S. population at that time was supportive of breaking away from British rule. Yet in their pursuit of religious freedom for all Americans, these ancestors of mine even subjected themselves to deadly gun fire in the Battle of Lexington, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.
“The land of the free and the home of the brave” that they helped to create was a Country of exceptional freedom, in which every person was free to believe as he or she chose and to practice those beliefs without any governmental interference or coercion.
It would be tragic if the freedoms they originated and the exceptional prices they paid would someday be taken for granted or forgotten. Like our Country’s founding fathers, and many others in those times and similar places, they were even willing to sacrifice their lives for such freedom.
Would you be willing to pay such a price today?
Most modern Americans have a pitiful understanding of the founding of the United States of America. For example, they assume that President George Washington, and President John Adams, President Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin — the trio who authored the Declaration of Independence — were Christians.
Perhaps you have found it convenient to believe so, too, but they were not.
George Washington, our first President, was a Deist, who is one who believes in morality, in human reason over faith, in nature and nature’s god, and contends that the Creator never interferes with the laws of the universe.
Accordingly, you will never find a single reference to Christ in any of George Washington’s writings.
Although Washington frequently enjoyed addressing religious issues and even attended various Episcopal churches from time to time, he invariably refused communion. In fact, he always insisted upon leaving any church before communion was administered, to the considerable distress of congregations who mistakenly assumed that the “Father of Our Country” was a Christian.
John Adams, our second President, was another Deist. Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson, “I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved — the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!”
Thomas Jefferson, our third President, was still another Deist, whom the clergy often called an atheist. His aversion to Christianity was widely known.
For example, in a letter to Dr. Woods, Jefferson wrote, “I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.”
Contrary to what most Americans conveniently assume, the United States was not founded as a Christian nation. Rather, it was founded with the intention of embracing any and every religious belief and favoring no such belief in particular.
As Thomas Jefferson later explained, a proposed amendment to the bill for establishing religious freedom would have included the words “Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion.” That proposal, in Jefferson’s own words, ”… was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.”
Our founding fathers held their own individual religious beliefs … and emphatically believed that every American should have that right, too. Consequently, they intended for their newly formed Government to remain as separate as possible from, and uninvolved with, religion.
That is why you will not find a single reference to God anywhere in the Constitution of the United States of America.
The First Amendment to the Constitution includes these words, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Notice that it does not merely say “the establishment of a religion,” but, rather, “an establishment of religion.”
In other words, government was to stay out of the entire subject of religion.
Thomas Jefferson explained that this Amendment was designed to forge what he called a “wall of separation” between government and religious movements, adding that no one “shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever….” [Emphasis mine.]
Again, in an 1802 Thanksgiving proclamation that Jefferson issued to the Danbury Baptist Association, of Danbury, Connecticut, he wrote, “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
Moreover, President Jefferson wrote, “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of [religious] opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
President John Adams stated the matter even more concisely: “Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.”
The idea that the United States Government must remain entirely separate from religion was inspired, revolutionary and courageous. John Tyler, another early President, called this forged “wall of separation” between church and state “a great and noble experiment.”
Clinton Rossiter, the American historian, suggested it was even “the marrow of our democracy” and might well be “America’s most magnificent contribution to the freeing of Western man.”
The continuous “separation of church and state” was a double-edged sword that our founding fathers forged to guard everyone, from both sides. It protected the Government from all sorts of religious interference and it protected religion from both the authoritative limiting and the authoritative compelling interference of Government. In other words, it protected everyone from having anyone else’s religious opinions imposed on them, in any manner, whatsoever.
One is not free to select, believe in, and pursue his own road to wisdom unless he is also free from the imposition of the chosen religious beliefs and practices of others. To the degree that we keep government and religion completely separate, mankind has religious freedom. To the degree that we intermingle them, that precious freedom is doomed.
So how securely has this “great and noble experiment” endured the past couple of centuries?
What most Americans have conveniently chosen to believe, and all that they have chosen to disregard, may surprise you. What has happened since our founding fathers instituted their plan to protect both the Government and religious belief is as emotionally charged and misunderstood as any chapter in American history.
We will excavate the rest of the truth in the next Mega Genius® Intelligence Briefing, titled ”While Truth is Putting on Her Boots.”
28 July 2002
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