Freedom of Thought or Consciousness is dangerous to a free society. However, political correctness suppresses another person’s freedom to speak and practice religion freely. This practice suppresses our First Amendment and promotes Article 18 of the Declaration of Human Rights. Freedom to Worship is similar to Freedom of Religion but they’re on opposing sites of the spectrum. For over 60 years, our nation and our legal system has slowly accepted the UN Human Rights of Freedom of Worship over our US Individual Right of Freedom of Religion. As our nation enforces “Freedom to Worship”, the United States has accepted the United Nation Declaration of Human Rights as supreme law instead of the US Constitution.
The US Constitution protects an individual’s right to openly practice and express their religious beliefs. The First Amendment states,
“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.”
Our federal government and media are at war with Christianity. As the Westboro Baptist Church, Jeremiah Wright, Terry Jones and pedophilia priests are poster children of Christianity, Christians have succumbed their freedom of religion. The demonization has created a void in society and other deities’ are introduced as substitutes. Movie stars, politicians and activists provide a moral foundation to our society. Christianity’s moral foundation emphasizes individual responsibility to God as well as to society at large.
In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced freedom to worship with his “four human freedoms.”
After his death, Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights commission where these freedoms became the foundation of the United Nations. During a dedication of Four Freedoms Park last October, Ban Ki-Moon (UN General Secretary) proclaimed these freedoms as the United Nation’s founding vision.
UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18 states:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
The potential for abuse that exists in the difference between Freedom of Religion and Freedom to Worship is best exemplified by the Healthcare mandate ragarding abortion and contraception. This mandate differentiates between the mechanical practice of religion and belief in that religion. It assets that only the physical act of entering a church is worthy of first amendment protection. The belief system underlying that is protected. This attitude is very poisonous.
When someone’s free speech is suppressed for fear of offending someone else, we have truly lost our Constitutional right. This Human Right (as opposed to our individual right) suppresses religious influences on thought and conscious. Article 18 of the Declaration of Human Rights actually exemplifies intolerance. When someone’s free speech is suppressed due to offending someone else, we have truly lost our Constitutional right.
Organizations promote freedom from religion and “Free thinkers”. Meanwhile, public schools and city councils are sued for their religiously affiliations, mostly the practice of Christianity.
New religious affiliations have crept into our society such as atheism, agnosticism, Patheism, worship of Mother Earth and humanism. Tehse religions must respect Judeo-Christian expression if they expect their own practice to be respected.
Religious alternatives are being promoted within our society. Environmental groups push religious views such as Pantheism or the worship of Gaia. In 1971, our nation introduced Earth Day. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day. We should all love our planet and respect it but it should not be worshipped as a religion.
The Supreme Court and others have boxed religion as defined as a separation of church and state. We have accepted that atheism is not a political choice. Atheism is a religious choice just as Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. It is this religion of no religion which has been advanced by countless court decisions in violation of the first amendment. The Supreme Court declares school prayer and nativity scenes unconstitutional. Church leaders have cannot defend the right of religious people to exercise their freedom in the public square. We are losing our Constitutional rights and becoming a secular, progressive autocracy under Human Rights.
Christianity/religion is responsible for many good and beneficial ats which do not get the publicity that it’s abuses receive. The practice of religion has in all honesty seen much abuse. The medieval harshness of Sharia Law is incompatable with many accepted norms in a free society. Under Afghan law, punishment of Proselytism, conversion of Islam to another religion, is punishable by death. This is Freedom to Worship. This is not a reason to reject religion. This is a reason to correct any shortcomings while maintaining moral primacy and societal decorum.
In the twentieth century the greatest political/military tragedies have been driven by progressive, humanist, atheists. Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, and Mao were all ruthless, fanatical atheists who believed that their own agenda was so important it justified any atrocity. These agendas killed about 100 million people. People should not be forced to conceal their faith when in the public arena. We must combat the state sponsored atheism being pushed.
Do we create an environment of intolerance so free thinkers have an environment to exercise worship or an environment of tolerance that supports the practice of religion? If we become responsible for someone else’s freedom of thought and consciousness, that freedom will not stop at the oppression of religion. This is to protect someone else’s abilty to think freely.