Government Has to Be Secular Before It Can Be GoodAutor tekstu: Richard Bozarth, G. Richard Bozarth
A truly good government is one that
serves citizens; that is, a good government is one of the
by the citizens, and for the citizens. A good government is one tamed by civil
liberties, which means civil liberties have been translated into laws that
require government to treat all citizens as though born equal, and to preserve,
protect, and defend the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as
though they are unalienable. A good citizen is one who practices civil liberties
as a personal moral code even though it means having to suffer the burdens of
tolerating behaviors that offend and of enduring intellectual battering in the
free market of ideas. In other words, civilized behavior for both government and citizens is that which
establishes justice, ensures domestic tranquility, promotes the general welfare,
and secures liberty as though liberty is a birthright for all humans. These are
the essential tenets of Freethought, and finally in Europe and its colonies in
Western culture's 18th century these truths became self-evident for many
citizens. The first government to be dedicated to Freethought was created by
European colonists who wanted to be governed by a government tamed by civil
Among the most important civil
liberties is separation of government and religionism, which is the precondition
essential to making a Freethought culture possible. Freethought is impossible in
any nation where the government is entangled in religionism. Sectarian
governments always have been, always
are now, and always will be the enemies of Freethought.
There it is.
How do I know this? For
literally thousands of years governments and religionism have been entangled
in theocracies (the religious leaders of the dominant sect rule directly) or
in theocratic governments (the religious leaders of the dominant sect or
dominant religion rule indirectly) and „in no instance have they been seen
the guardians of liberties of the people." (James Madison, „Against
Religious Assessments", 1785, The
Annals of America, Vol. 3, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., 1968, p. 19) If
religionism exerted beneficial moral influence, which is the triumphant urban
legend about religionism, a theocracy would be a paradise of eunomy where all
citizens enjoy the freedom to pursue happiness throughout their lifespans. There
has never been a good theocracy in the past, there are no good theocracies
existing today, and there never will be a
good theocracy in the future. There it is. Theocracies are always horrorshow
because religionism exerts detrimental moral influence.
There it is, and there it always shall be.
W. Bush's faith-based initiative
will be a cultural disaster because it will increase the government's
entanglementin religionism, thus
eroding cultural secularism and increasing the efficacy of religionism's
Faith-based organizations will be given vastly expanded opportunities to commit
the crimes that have been, are now, and always will
beunwritten SOP for them. The
government will be made more vulnerable to theocratic corruption, thus ensuring
that it will increasingly engage in all the oppression, repression, and
suppression that have been, are now, and always will
be official SOP for theocratic governments. Instead of leading the U.S.
towards becoming a more moral, thus more civilized, culture, W. Bush will be leading the land intended to be of the
free deeper into the mire of uncivilized, immoralreligionism. W. Bush's faith-based initiative will create a cultural environment that encourages religionists to be more savage. There it is.
of our nation knew that religionism exerts detrimentalmoral influence, which is why they created a secular
government. The law known as the First Amendment separates government and
religionism because religionism has been, is now, and always will
be the biggest threat to We the People's rights to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness. Separation requires the government to be neutral towards
religionism, meaning the government protects equally both freedom of religionism
and freedom from religionism. Separation limits the government to punishing the
faith-based crimes religionists commit by forbidding the punishment of
religionists who believe in theologies that inspire faith-based crimes. The
Founders intended to liberate the government from entanglement
in religionism, thus requiring religionism to earn whatever cultural
importance it would have in the U.S.
things to realize, and the most important of them is that the U.S. desperately
needs the White House, Congress, and Supreme Court to begin preserving,
protecting, and defending the wall of separation between government and
religionism. A seculargovernment is
essential because only a seculargovernment
will preserve, protect, and defend the civil liberties that are necessary to
create and maintain a civilizedsecular
culture. Only a civilized secular culture can successfully establish justice,
ensure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, and secure liberty as
though liberty is a birthright for all humans. If We the People want to live in a land of the free, there's no other way to go. There it is.
Published in the 2002 January/February issue of the American Rationalist
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