Religious Freedom and Knowledge

Religious Freedom and Knowledge

US Flag and Constitution of the United States of AmericaDiane Robertson

In a speech at Independence Hall on the Fourth of July, Vice President, Joe Biden, declared that gay marriage is “the civil rights issue of our day”, stating that it is, ”clear that you should be able to marry whoever you love — period.

Accusing the Founding Fathers and signers of the Declaration of Independence as the force and concept behind gay marriage, Biden continued:

“Ladies and gentlemen, ultimately that’s what we’re celebrating today — the continuation of the expansion of the notion that all men are created equal…There’s been a constant march in America on the road to guaranteeing every man, woman and child the dignity that you’re entitled to. … That’s what these men who said in this building behind me fully understood.”

The Vice President denounced all those who opposes gay marriage as “narrow-minded” and “reactionary forces”.

Many of those “narrow-minded” and “reactionary forces” happen to be individuals and groups who have been denied the right to practice their religion according to the dictates of their own consciences and unequivocally and legally forced to accept and participate in gay marriages as well as those who fight for these people and for religious freedom.

As time has passed and marriage laws are rapidly being defeated by federal judges, it has become clear that gay marriage laws put freedom of religion last after the “right” to marry someone of the same gender and the absurd “right” to force others to participate in those ceremonies.

If the Founding Fathers intended for people of the same sex to marry, they gave no indication of that whatsoever. The constitution talks mainly about division of government and responsibilities of each. The Bill of Rights grants rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, trial by jury, and the right to bear arms. None of these documents mention marriage. Even the 14th amendment which many judges have used to declare many of the state’s marriage laws unconstitutional was voted in by 2/3’s of the state’s to end slavery. It is highly doubtful that those who voted for this amendment intended it to be used to change the definition of marriage.

Part of the problem we are facing as a nation today is a clear lack of knowledge of how our government was intended to truly function. Even our Vice President does not understand this. The constitution as written was never intended to end freedom of religious and rights to conscience in order to federally grant the status of marriage to any couple. John Adams, second President and founding father declared:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Indeed the Founding Fathers expected the people to be moral and religious. If gay marriage laws remove the rights of the people to be moral and religious, we can be sure that gay marriage was not an intended concept behind the constitution.

As we end our barbeques, fireworks, swimming, parades, and family fun in celebration of freedom, I encourage everyone to study the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers  that we may more powerfully defend those freedoms intended and granted to us by our Founding Fathers and by our God.

Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be” (Letter to Colonel Charles Yancey, 6 Jan. 1816).

 

 

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