Understanding Liberty

The Declaration of Independence holds that there are things about mankind that are self-evident: that they are endowed by their creator with certain rights that are “unalienable”.  What that means is that those rights cannot be given or taken away by anyone, because they were given to all men by their Creator.  The rights referred to are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  That’s who we are as a people.  That’s what freedom means.  That’s what liberty is all about.  And it’s everything that Muslims would take away from us if we let them.

A point to ponder is this: What’s the difference between that and the right to LadyLibNYreligious liberty?  Wikipedia has a pretty good definition for religion: “A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols, and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life, the origin of life, or the Universe.” I would point out that by that definition, belief in the existence of a god or gods is not necessary.  And by that definition, many people who hold to a non-religious way of living, are nevertheless living by faith – faith that faith does not matter. They are the so-called “nones”, who when asked about their religion or faith answer “none”.

But ponder this: If you are a none, you are living in a governmental system that guarantees you the right to live by that.  It is your unalienable right to believe that there is no God, and the Constitution guarantees that the government will not make any laws that would take it away from you.  If you had been born in Iran, do you think you would be able to live that way? Not on your life. So whether you realize it or not, our belief in your right to have no religion is only truly possible in a system that guarantees freedom of religion.

Last Sunday on Meet the Press, Ben Carson was asked “Should a President’s faith matter? His response was that it would depend on what that faith was, and that if it was inconsistent with the principles of America, then of course it should matter. Chuck Todd followed up with this: Do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?  His answer was “No I do not.” He added that he would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.

Most Democrats and even some Republicans object to that, on the grounds that there must be no religious test which can disqualify one from running for President.  But we should remember two things: First, the Constitution does not allow one to be disqualified FROM RUNNING on the basis of religion, so a Muslim could certainly run.  But there is nothing that keeps any citizen from campaigning for or against that person on any grounds they wish, including religious ones.  So he was well within his bounds to say that he would not support a Muslim.

BarbWireSecond, we must understand that the teachings of the Muslim faith require all Muslims to fight against, and even kill Infidels.  An infidel is anyone who does not convert to Islam and live under Sharia Law.  So the Constitutional truths that are held to be self-evident are rejected by the Qur’an.  They deny that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are rights fundamental to being American and living under the Constitution.

Here’s a news flash.  We are at war with so-called “radical” Islam.  It is (and probably will remain) undeclared, but it is all too real.  There are plenty of cultural Muslims who do not adhere to the tenets of the faith according to the Holy Writings.  That’s true of Christianity as well.  In fact, the majority of those who identify as Christian in this country are more cultural Christians – they “believe in” Jesus, go to church most Sundays, and maybe say a prayer at dinner time, but the blend in with the culture very well, because they aren’t all that “religious” in their day-to-day living.

But the Muslims we call radical are the ones who actually read the Qu’ran and the Hadiths, and actively practice the rituals and practices according to them.  And because the Qu’ran is filled with commands we would be horrified by, we call them radical.  But Islam itself is what is radical.  That’s why the cultural Muslims don’t rise up in righteous indignation when they hear about their more radical brethren committing terrorist acts, maiming, killing, raping and pillaging.  They don’t consider those acts evil at all.  The Qu’ran actually calls them to do them, and the cultural Muslims are just not brave enough to obey, so staying silent keeps them from having to defend their disobedience to the Mullahs.  It’s all pretty sick by our standards, but that is the reality.

The enemy wants to convince us that they are our friends, and that they mean us no harm.  It is a lie, and their true colors will become more and more apparent as their numbers among us grow.

And they are growing!  They are making babies at a much more rapid rate than we are, and many of those who seek asylum or immigrate are adding to their number.  And many of you are asleep at the wheel, because you actually believe that religion does not matter.

A Muslim President?  Some say it could never happen.  I say that if current trends continue, it’s just a matter of time before Muslims in this country have gained such critical mass that they will change our culture.  And then a Muslim will not only run, he will win.  It will only take two or three generations for that to happen.

By then the people in my generation will have passed away, so there will be few people left to mourn the extinction of the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

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3 thoughts on “Understanding Liberty

  1. I’ll give the article credit where due – and that is most of it. But it doesn’t really address Old Testament writings compared with the Quran. There is much of the Old Testament that is every bit as horrifying as most of the Quran. Jesus set us free from “the Law” and its ancient punishments. this is vitally important to understand. But if you argue against the Quran, you really have to compare it to the Bible. Jesus set us free of the law of the Old Testament in the Gospels. That is really the major difference between the books. But you have to get through the OT to see the gift of the NT for what it is worth.

    1. And yet the Psalms are filled with awe and wonder, and love for the maker and sustainer of life. The Proverbs and others with incredible wisdom for living, and the books of the prophets give us hope for the future. The world is not as it should be, and hasn’t been since Adam and Eve chose poorly. But we learn from the Bible that God is making all things new, and that if we worship him in spirit and truth, we have hope that we will live to see all things restored.

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