Liberties for Safety?

25 01 2006

Stop The ACLU has a nice post about the group that interrupted Attorney General Al Gonzales’ speech yesterday with this sign:

“In the debate on civil liberties and National Security you will hear a Benjamin Franklin quote thrown at you often that states, “Those willing to give up a little liberty for a little security deserve neither security nor liberty.” First of all, we are not talking about a little liberty for a little security, we are talking about the very real possibility of thousands being blown up, that may be prevented by minor inconveniences. Second, I want someone to show me where one person’s liberties have been violated through the Patriot Act, or one person who has been damaged by a phone tap that was actually innocent. You can’t.”

Seems that many of the founders’ quotes are either being ignored or taken completely out of context. This is no exception. No where in the Constitution is a separation of church and state ever mentioned. The following Supreme Court case, Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States (1892) is one of many that depicts the founders’ opinion on the role of Christianity and law:

“We find that in Updegraph v. The Commonwealth, 11 S. & R. 394, 400, it was decided that, Christianity, general Christianity, is, and always has been, a part of the common law . . . not Christianity with an established church . . . but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men.”

Or this from the Updegraph v. The Commonwealth (1824) case:

“Christianity, general Christianity, is and always has been a part of the common law . . . not Christianity founded on any particular religious tenets; not Christianity with an established church . . . but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men. Thus this wise legislature framed this great body of laws for a Christian country and Christian people.”

The Democrats, the liberal media, leftist humanists, and the ACLU have made a living with taking the founders’ writings and opinions out of context and making decisions based on popular culture. It is crucial that in order to keep America safe, we need to protect our free way of life. We should always be prepared to fight for that right.

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5 09 2008
christianliberal

Talk about “out of context” . . .

“Christian Liberal.”
“Isn’t that an oxymoron?” they ask? Is it possible to be Christian AND liberal?”
“What are you doing this for?” “Are you being sarcastic? Cynical?”

Yes, I have to agree there is an element of satire, even cynicism, in my posts, but I AM serious about being a liberal Christian.

I guess getting right down to the core, the rant comes down to exposing the rampant hypocrisy of self-appointed Christians, who distort Christ’s teaching for the purposes of justifying their desire to murder people in cultures they don’t agree with, protect their own financial assets at the expense of the environment and the working standards of people in other countries, and to segregate and dehumanize anyone of lower class status or non-traditional lifestyles.

This can be seen even in several responses, which seem to suggest that money going into the war machine somehow actually helps Americans. The argument completely ignoring the fact that the output of such production goes to bombing houses in other countries, “peacekeeper” missiles, billion-dollar bombers, and occupying other lands half-way round the world. What a disgrace!
We could really do good for the American workers and world by putting that cash into health care, infrastructure, science, and research.

There’s a favorite hymn here in California . . . “They will know we are Christian by our love, by our love . . .” But there’s no love in a B-1 bomber, no love in a nuclear bunker-buster bomb, or remote drone that rains death down from the sky.
Oh, is that too cynical for you?

5 09 2008
Mr. Incredible

The Lib believes that it’s up to Man to solve his problems, according to his own might.

So, he cannot be a Christian cuz the Christian believes that Man cannot do it by his own might.

5 09 2008
Mr. Incredible

==There’s a favorite hymn here in California . . . “They will know we are Christian by our love, by our love . . .” ==

Define biblical “love.” Careful, cuz it’s not the same as worldly love.

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