The foundation of the United States of America is God given freedom. The product of that ideal is the unalienable rights described in our Declaration of Independence from a tyrannical government. It was a government that desired to supplant God as the giver of freedom.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Our belief in God given freedom led to the creation of our Constitutional Republic and our well defined rights. With all of the attempts to ignore or misrepresent our nation’s founding history and its Constitution and to redefine our rights to other ends, no one has been able to remove the freedom gene and the spirit of freedom it produces from the hearts of Americans. Generations of Americans have known only freedom and any person or group that believes freedom will be easily relinquished is quickly approaching an unpleasant come-uppance.
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves [servants]. – 1 Peter 21:16 (NIV)
We readily defend our freedoms, at least we profess too. To our misfortune we too often focus on the defense of the expressed freedom to the extent that we fail to measure the intent of the people or group using it. It is a simple principle. Your freedom ends at the point where it infringes on my freedom. God meant for all of us to be free men, not for some of us to be freer than others. When we should be confronting those who abuse our freedoms with ill intent, we are often deflected into defending their freedom. It borders on suicidal.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Amendment I, United States Constitution
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” That phrase along with the separation of Church and state argument that appears nowhere in our Constitution, has been and is still used to remove the exercise of faith from the public. More correctly, it has been used in attempts to remove Christianity from the American culture. The attack on Christianity and the display of Christian symbols under the guise of enforcing something that does not appear in our Constitution is hiding ill intent behind the exercise of a freedom. No other religion endures such sanctioned hatred in our country. Not even the religion whose loudly stated goal is our destruction. Your exercise of freedom ends at the point when your use of it has the clear intent “of prohibiting the [my] free exercise thereof.”
Unfortunately beneath the free exercise of religion, which Americans staunchly defend, lurks more ill intent. When a professed religion promotes hatred, advocates violence and desires to replace the Constitution of the United States with shariah law, then it ceases to be a religion. It is a political movement that advocates the overthrow of our country and it should be dealt with accordingly. Yet the insanity is that the first thing heard and defended when this is mentioned, as it was with building a victory mosque at ground zero, is that the free exercise of religion must be first and foremost – at all costs. When the exercise of your religion advocates the destruction of my religion, the subservience of all other religions and the replacement of the law of the land with shariah then your freedom ends at that point.
More than 80 percent of U.S. mosques advocate or otherwise promote violence. “Of the 100 mosques surveyed, 51% had texts on site rated as severely advocating violence; 30% had texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19% had no violent texts at all.”
Mosques that were identifiable using empirical measures “as shariah-adherent were more likely to feature violence-positive texts on site than were their non-shariah adherent counterparts.”
“In 84.5% of the mosques, the imam recommended studying violence-positive texts. The leadership at shariah-adherent mosques was more likely to recommend that a worshipper study violence-positive texts than leadership at non-shariah-adherent mosques.”
“[O]f the 51 mosques that contained severe materials, 100 percent were led by imams who recommended that worshipers study texts that promote violence.”
“Fifty-eight percent (58%) of the mosques invited guest imams known to promote violent jihad. The leadership of mosques that featured violence-positive literature was more likely to invite guest imams who were known to promote violent jihad than was the leadership of mosques that did not feature violence-positive literature on mosque premises.” – Center for Security Policy
“…or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press” I have been attacked more than once as one who would restrict our freedom of speech because I challenged what was said. That is the problem. It is a red herring argument, like being called a racist, whose purpose is to shut down opposing points of view. You may utter whatever insanity you choose, but all Americans have the right to speak freely and more of us should. Freedom of speech ends when I cannot challenge what you have to say.
The press. The exercise of this freedom is not an enigma, although it seems so. There are all forms of “press” in our country. What I write is my opinion. What much of the controlling media does is attempt to hide their prevailing ideologies and opinions under the guise of reporting news. They simply do not report on matters that do not support their ideology. This is why some politicians are glorified while others are relentlessly attacked. When the press promotes an ideology rather than reporting news and facts, it abuses and misuses one of a free nation’s most important freedoms and it does so with ill intent.
There are plenty of examples of people and groups of people who hide behind our protected freedoms with ill intent. Until and unless American eyes are opened to that fact, our Republic is in danger.