Progressivism versus Religious Freedom

progressive_soup  Why do progressives espouse disdain for religion, especially Christianity?  Easy, theirs is a means that doesn’t justify their ends; there can be little doubt. The United States of America was clearly founded as a Christian nation in which other religious beliefs would be tolerated.  The verbiage in the Bill of Rights simply states that the collective governments of the several states and the federal government would not establish a state religion.  It established a freedom OF religion, but not a freedom FROM religion. Unfortunately, progressive judges later developed and applied the latter line of thinking to justify susequent progressive actions. 

  This perversion of the text, the language, and historical context by the liberal progressive movement of which the American Democratic Party and all Marxists seem to belong, appears to promote a common value: moral relativism.  They justify their philosophical swill by denigrating morality, ethical behavior, and community values, allowing none of these to threaten their movement.  Operating without an external moral or ethical compass, such as an established religious doctrine, progressives interject politically correct speech and norms into society as a way to pervert or control community and societal will. 

  It is historically true that governments have established and installed state religions as a means of population control.  This is particularly true of Islamist states.  But, it has also been a trdemark of Catholicism, Anglicanism, Puritanism, and even the Anabaptist movements that include the modern Amish.  These religions used citizens’ belief systems as a means of controlling them.  Their belief in God they believed to be incorruptible.  Governments used the peoples’ morals and relied upon them in sustaning authority.  Religious freedom and other natural rights suffered as a result.

  Progressivism is a bit different.   Progressives cannot speak from both sides of their collective face if morals and values are incorruptible.  Politically, they must supplant the moral compass of religion with an ethos of the party, of the state, of that which is relevant at that moment.  Then, without religious values getting in the way, the corruption of government goes undetected.

  The much maligned and constantly attacked Scouting Movement of the United States, the Boy Scouts of America, has for years issued an interesting bumper sticker.  “America is returning to the values that Scouting never forgot” This slogan first came out during the Reagan years. It needs to be revised today.  ‘America needs to return to the values that scouting never forgot.’  A return to basic religious values is the first step.  It is time to end the decay of the very fabric of this great nation caused by those who seek power and seek to maintain power by ending what it is meant to be an American.  Freedom of religion was assured by those who had religiously driven morals and convictions.  As such, there can be no freedom without religion and the basis simple beliefs and values, Christian beliefs and values, provide.  End the progressive slide of moral relativism.  Return America the values the progrssives want you to forget.

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About Charles Carroll

I am a wealthy planter, originally from Maryland, and an early advocate of independence from Great Britain. I served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and later as United States Senator for Maryland. I was the only Catholic and last surviving signatory of the Declaration of Independence.
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5 Responses to Progressivism versus Religious Freedom

  1. In the late 1700s, a treaty seen by both Washington and Adams, and ratified by Congress, stated that, “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” Your first premise is that the United States was founded as a Christian nation which tolerates other faith. The language of this treaty says the opposite: that the Muslim faith can be tolerated because America is NOT a Christian nation. Many of the founders were deists, and Jefferson was accused of atheism in his day! The assertion that America was founded as a Christian nation is a fiction.

    Your second premise is that the nonreligious lack a “moral or ethical compass,” to which I would respond that a great many Christians do not derive their morality from the Bible (thankfully). A recent survey of professing Christians in the UK found that only 1 in 10 decide what is right and wrong in their daily lives based on religious teaching. The study has yet to be done in the US, but we suspect the numbers are close. No one wants to think that just a few decades ago in this country, KKK members were also upstanding members of their churches. No one wants to admit that the tradition of slavery in the US was propped up by southern churches quoting Leviticus 25:44-46. But, these are some of the consequences when people really do draw their morality from the Bible. The truth is that there are a large number of Americans who do good things, without a god. The truth is that even Christians derive their morality from an internal sense of right and wrong, passed on from their parents and refined by their experiences in the world.

    As for the Boy Scouts, any organization which excludes gays and atheists from its membership and employ should not receive federal money. The Girl Scouts, by the way, do not share in these prejudices. The Boy Scouts teach that a man cannot be a true citizen if he does not believe in God. By that measure, my service in uniform to my country during wartime does nothing to improve my status as a lesser citizen, because I, like 20% of the country, am nonreligious. Those may be your values, sir, but they are bigoted values. I see no reason why federal monies should support such bigotry.

  2. Jay;

    Christians are sinners, too. I believe we frequently acknowledge that. As with all men and all faiths, we are guilty of original sin and our history is replete of self-righteous behaviors. Still, we profess a love of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and we should always seek to follow his example, continually perfecting ourselves in Christ’s example as the Apostle Paul encouraged.

    At one time, you professed the Christian faith, and you once held to biblically-derived, moral and ethical principles. I cannot imagine what influences have occurred in your life that would swing you so far from your roots. I will pray you return to being the Bible-believing, compassionate Christian man you once were.

    Very few of our founding fathers were deists– probably only two–and not the ones traditionally written about in our history books. Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin were all Christians. This fact is very well documented. One of the great things about our founding fathers is that they wrote profusely. We have their beliefs in their own words– and not a single one of them (save perhaps Thomas Paine) actually claimed to be a deist or denied Jesus as Lord and Savior.

    Insofar as the Treatyof Tripoli goes, the language in Article 11, which you referenced, was merely an assurance to the Muslim signatories that America meant them no harm, and that we would not impose a (Christian) religious standard in the treaty’s enforcement. Only through gross progresssive extrapolation of that treaty would one conclude we whave declared ourselves not to be a Christian nation. And President John Adams, who was president at the time of the treaty’s ratification, was one of the three most devout and widely acclaimed Christian chief executives in our nation’s history.

    Federal monies have, for over two centuries, been used to advance the Christian faith and related causes. Jefferson sent paid Christian chaplains to evangelize Native Americans. President Franklin Roosevelt financed the printing of over a million pocket Bibles during WWII for our uniformed servicemen and women to carry– each Bible containing his personal encouragement to read the Bible every day. (I know this because I have one of these Bibles at home, printed by the Government Printing Office.)

    I can assure you that volumes of published works from the 17th and 18th centuries, plus innumerable sermons that greatly influenced the founding fathers (and sermons from which much of our Constitution was formed), clearly establish ours as a Christian Nation from inception. While we may have wandered from our roots as a nation, it is not too late for us to be revived. Many of us pray for that revival. We will pray you are revived as well.

    Try reading one of my personal favorite books– “Seedtime of the Republic”, by Clinton Rossiter. I found it riveting, plus extremely well researched and footnoted!

    Blessings/

    Publius

    • Goose says:

      Gentlemen may I point out that coming out as a open Deist in the time the nation was founded would be roughly equivalent to a politician coming out as a raciest today. Their followers would be lost and they might as well go home and sit on the porch. For me, until the Declaration of Independence reads that we are endowed by Jesus [not our Creator}… or the coins say in Jesus we trust, I am going to believe there was some Deist influence with our founding fathers.

      James did that government printed Bible contains both the Old Testament as well as the New Testament? I ask because I have seen both separately but not combined.

      Jay, Both boy and girl scouts make basically the same promise “to do my duty to God and my country” Is your problem with the Boy Scouts just based of their non acceptance of gays?

      • The pocket Bible I have contains the New Testament with a set of Army Aviation wings on the front cover. It is inscribed as follows (just inside the front cover): The White House Washington. “As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a foundation of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

  3. Hunter says:

    sorry…was someone preventing you from practicing your religion?

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