Uncommon Sense

February 6, 2023

I Am Amazed it Passed

Religious Freedom Day is a couple of weeks past, a day designed to celebrate, specifically, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom of 1777 more simply labeled Bill No. 82, “A Bill For establishing religious freedom.”

This bill, as amended and passed, begins:

Almighty God hath created the mind free, that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, that the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men, have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world and through all time. . . .

I can see why the Christian Nationalists are beavering away trying to eliminate any mention of this document from the celebrations of that day. This bill was penned by Thomas Jefferson and husbanded through the Virginia legislature by James Madison, the drafter of the First Amendment to the Constitution, you know the one proclaiming freedom of religion for the country.

The key point here that Christian Dominionists blithely step over is the claim of their religion that the Christian God gave people free will so they could choose whether or not at worship that god. Got that? The Christian group that wants to use secular governmental power to force this country into their mold of being a nation of Christians, is acting 180° against the divine plan of their god!

Gee, I wonder why the two-faced, despicable Christian Dominionists (Yes, you Ted Cruz!) don’t want you to read this document or celebrate its content? Could their goal of bathing in political power actually have nothing to do with their religion and everything to do with “being themselves but fallible and uninspired men, have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible.”

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6 Comments »

  1. Steve, I tend to think many others besides the Christian dominionists would like to eliminate this. If I read it correctly, isn’t it saying “hands off” to ALL those who want to control others? As in … “… setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others”. I mean … isn’t this exactly what is being done in every worship establishment?

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    Comment by Nan — February 6, 2023 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

    • That is just an excerpt from the Introduction to the bill. The full text is available on the Internet.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 6, 2023 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  2. Alas, they’ll keep doing it as long as the media lets them get away with it. They’ve been doing this since, well, since the founding of the country, really. They ignore the material that doesn’t agree with the line of BS they’re trying to push, take other material out of context if it can be used to support them, and if they can’t find something genuine to use they just starting making stuff up because they know almost no one will bother to actually look at the source material to check up on them.

    The key to any successful democratic government is a well educated general population who have been educated in an unbiased and truthful environment and who have been taught how to use logic and thoughtfulness and how to do basic research. Which is why the far right and so many religious organizations have been so adversarial towards the public school system. And it’s why they have been pushing to get their people onto local school boards. Just look at what’s going on in Florida right now with Desantis trying to dictate what is taught in schools and now even drying to dictate what the curriculum at the state universities should be.

    Ah, sorry. I’ll get off my soap box now. It’s 7AM here and I haven’t had enough coffee yet so I’m still a bit grouchy.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — February 7, 2023 @ 7:56 am | Reply

    • I am reading a book right now that addresses the deism of the “founders” of the US. Deists were consider to be heretics by many in the general public, so basically it wasn’t talked about all that much and after the revolution was successful, people buried the fact that the founders were not Christians like them, so they could be comfortable lifting them up as icons of virtue, etc. They cherry-picked their writings to quote mine statements (like holiday pronouncements) supporting their “Christian nation” idiocy and are still doing it. (I will be book reporting when I am a bit deeper in it. It is fascinating so far.)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am | Reply

  3. Gee. Weren’t we “lucky” to have been born into such a “Christian” nation??!!?! 😖

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    Comment by Nan — February 7, 2023 @ 10:14 am | Reply


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