Thursday, July 17, 2008

Alexis de Tocqueville was a French judge who came to America in 1831. He came to learn more about the judicial system. However, he quickly learned that the American government was doing great and prison numbers low (compared to France) because of RELIGION.

Fourth Principle
Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.

In 1787 the North West Ordinance was passed. Would you believe that our nation at one time said that schools needed to teach 1. Religion, 2. Morality, and 3. Knowledge. How we have fallen from that path now.

President George Washington cautioned America to not suppose that morality can be maintained without religion, at his farewell address.

If you say you are moral but don't believe in religion, then I ask who's standard of morality do you follow.

The Founder's established 5 fundamental points of all religions that could be taught in schools.
1. There is a Creator.
2. The Creator revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living.
3. The Creator holds mankind responsible for how we treat each other.
4. There is life beyond this life.
5. In the next life mankind will be judged for their conduct in this life.

I like these 5 points. I tried to wonder what all faiths could have in common. These 5 points feel correct to me.

So here was America, trying to teach moral values, religious values, private and public virtue in order to keep our nation free. de Tocqueville said it was popular in Europe to teach that religion and liberty were enimies of each other.

Did you know there were 7 states that had offical religions established for their state? It's true. Our Founder's did not want offical religion like in Europe. There needed to be equality for all religions.

I don't understand this quite yet, but Jefferson coined the phrase "a wall between church and state". It was ok for him as state govenor to pass an ordinance for a day of fasting and prayer. But as President of the United States and because of the 1st Admentment which seperated federal government from church he could not be involved with the passing of such a law now.

This is all new thinking for me.



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