Friday, June 20, 2008

Living, "freedom from"

Calling the practice "an egregious violation of the Establishment Clause," church-state separation watchdog Freedom from Religion Foundation has sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch demanding that the body stop holding a prayer at the beginning of floor sessions. Freedom FROM religion, eh? Let's look at some definitions:

1. Freedom: #1)the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint
#2)exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.

2. From: #1) used to express removal or separation, as in space, time, or order.
#2) used to express discrimination or distinction.

From these defintions, I see their goal has already been achieved. Isn't their existence as beings unassociated with any god or higher being, religion or faith, enough freedom in itself? For the from part, no one is being physically restrained or forced to go to church, no one is forced to spend time in space, time or proximity to religion or faith, and that is the definition of freedom and from. No one is in bondage to religion if they choose not to believe in it.

am I makin' any sense?

And yet still, our Wisconsin Freedom From Religion Foundation has to decided that June, of all months, is the time to tell Speaker Huebsch to
"cease and desist opening sessions with prayers/sermons by representatives or clergy."
They claim that using Christ and calling upon God at those times is meant to
"proselytize and advance the Christian faith to the Wisconsin general public."
Yes, and I'm sure that's why the democrats take part in prayer and opening invocations as well - to advance the Chritian faith, to force it upon unsuspecting Wisconsinites that have no minds of their own.

It must be exhausting to live completely against a God who loves you unconditionally, no matter how much you hate the idea of Him.

I find this completely ridiculous in a time of political change, in a time of war, and in a time of turmoil in our world. In the words of Thomas Jefferson,
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?"
They would crucify me for suggesting there is no freedom without God, but that is my belief. If our elected officials want to honor that, more power to them.

If your rep doesn't believe it, he or she can say their own damn prayer.

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