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I. What Is an Establishment of Religion?

(This is an excerpt from Disestablish, a 50-page summary of the Antidisestablishmentarianism and Conflict of the ages series to date.)

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An establishment of religion is the collection of taxes and the enforcement of laws to both indoctrinate and require acceptance of a state religion. From the very beginning, pagan temples used an established religion to provide public festivals, sacred sex (temple prostitutes), public proclamations, public welfare, and education. Pagan establishments of religion had very human leaders being worshiped as gods. The most important requirement of an establishment of religion was the communication of the will of the tyrant to the people as the divine will.

The concept of an establishment of religion began very soon after the flood with Nimrod in Babel. Plato detailed what he thought to be the ideal establishment of religion in his work, Republic. Aristotle, China, Egypt, and every other ancient culture has writings detailing how their establishment of religion should work. Many others governments and cultures have nearly identical standards for a state or established religion. Though many kingdoms rose and fell, the practice of a state religion enforced on different populaces used paganism for more than 2,000 years. The spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire witnessed the disintegration of paganism and the old established religions, such as Rome where Caesar was both head of state and high priest (Pontifex Maximus).

During the Dark Ages, not only paganism, but all forms of government collapsed. During this time, established religions were separated from the head of state. In England, the Magna Carta opened with the words that “the English Church is to be free and to have all its rights fully and its liberties entirely.” In spite of these words, the monarch was still the head of Church, appointing the Archbishop Canterbury. On the European continent, the peace treaties of Augsburg and Westphalia allowed princes to worship in their own way and establish the religion of their choice in their territories, separate from the emperor. These treaties also permitted the worship of God in other ways besides the established religion. For one of the few times in history, people could worship God apart from the established religion.

As part of the ratification process of the first amendment of the US Constitution, all thirteen colonies put in writing their understanding of an establishment of religion. Without exception, an establishment of religion means government control, taxation and legislation of public worship, thoughts, ideas, education, welfare, and provisions for poor people. State establishments of religion were permitted under the newly-passed First Amendment to the US Constitution, though there was considerable disagreement as to this being a good idea. At the time of the ratification of the US Constitution, every one of the original thirteen colonies had some degree of an establishment of religion. In some colonies, such as Rhode Island, it provided little more than to make government buildings available for education. In other colonies, such as Virginia, clergy were paid through taxation. All of the original documents are available through http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/.

Several important men opposing any established religion of any kind were Roger Williams, William Penn, John Bunyan, George Whitefield, John and Charles Wesley, James Madison, and George Washington. Because these men were opposed to government control of welfare and education does not mean that they were opposed to education or helping people in need. In fact these men were the colonial leaders in raising funds to support charitable institutions and schools. George Whitefield founded an orphanage and spent the rest of his life raising funds for it.

There is no law, or even policy, for the separation of church and state in the United States. Separation of church and state is certainly not found in the Constitution. The very attempt makes a secular state into an establishment of religion. It was never the intention of the men who wrote these documents to have the state persecute the church; any church. It was the intent that no one church, or non-church, would be favored over others.

It is important to understand that during this time of defining an establishment of religion, Thomas Paine rejected not only Christianity, but all religion except humanism. By doing this, Thomas Paine brought the secular humanism of Plato’s Republic to America and desired to make a secular government our establishment of religion. But it would take over one hundred fifty years to turn those desires into the official policies of the United States government.

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Secular Humanism: America’s Establishment of Religion Part Six: Secular Humanism Is A Religion

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“The United States Supreme Court has held that secular humanism is a religion. Belief in evolution is a central tenet of that religion.” Edward v. Aguillard, 1987 SCOTUS Antonin Scalia

It seems impossible to deny that Secular Humanism is a religion, yet millions do just that. Their shallow thinking is “we do not worship a deity, therefore we cannot be a religion.” They have a system of beliefs stronger than most who worship a deity and dedicate their lives to forcing others to follow their belief system. And they strongly believe in self-indulgence. Most, though not all, secularists put self-indulgence on a plane no different from any worship service. For these Secularists, they elevate themselves to the position of a deity.

They use the power of government to both take from unbelievers and to force unbelievers to follow their beliefs. At this point in time, one of the most obvious ways they practice this is mandatory financing of contraceptives. Secularists not only want to practice unrestricted sex outside of marriage, they force unbelievers to pay for the consequences.

Under secularist control, public education becomes public indoctrination. One common example that happens over and over is teachers who dare to read the Bible in private on their own time. Though these teachers often continue these private readings for years, whenever a dedicated Secularist finds out, the teacher is fired. Yet condoms are handed out free as bogus “public health.” Truancy officers, “family” courts and welfare caseworkers constantly assail parents who object and make the tremendous sacrifice of pulling their students out of the public indoctrinations. These same “officers of the court” who file charges against parents who use corporal punishment because it is taught in the Scriptures and it works never seem to have enough time to prosecute parent who kill their children because the parents are drunk or high on drugs.

A flood of regulations make driving to work increasingly expensive while wages are depressed through public spending and business regulations. Amish and other religious businesses are singled out for “resisting the state.” That is the same state controlled by the religion of secularism.

Modern government officials act more and more like the guardians of Plato’s Republic. Secularists cry that Plato was not a Secularist because he worshipped “the goddess,” a vague unnamed (in the Republic) deity that is never worshipped directly. We classify Plato as a secularist because Secular Humanism is a belief system and the Republic describes those beliefs in great detail.

Plato’s guardians were thugs whose sole job was to keep the elite in power and the lower classes in their places. How is that different from secularists today? Every day I hear or read comments like “It’s a good thing you’re not allowed to (spew, corrupt, some expletive) your beliefs anywhere except on facebook.” Yet these same censors turn right around and demand to know “What censorship?”

I am far from perfect. I have many sins which I have yet to overcome. Yet, in my personal opinion, the overriding characteristic of the religion of Secular Humanism is hypocrisy. And these are the same people who call others hypocrites.

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Secular Humanism: America’s Establishment of Religion Part One: What is an Establishment of Religion?

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A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind. Proverbs 18:2 NASB

When I discuss this topic on Facebook with secularists, it is almost impossible to get them to actually read what I post. They rapid-fire back a response based on the first few lines. Not only is their comment usually factually inaccurate, they are so far off-topic that a reasoned response is impossible.

I published a detailed, documented definition several years back, but it is impossible to get them to read it. Comments they have posted include, “It’s too long,” “It’s too detailed,” “It’s just a cut-and-paste article. What do you believe?” (Ignoring the fact that I am the author.) And I thought this one was the best: “You’re plagiarizing someone else’s work.”

I understand that the documentation in our book Antidisestablishmentarianism makes it lengthy and difficult to read. But I will link to just one readable, though long, chapter. https://elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/secular-humanism-americas-establishment-of-religion/

For the purposes of this blog, I am breaking the topic “America’s Establishment of Religion” down into smaller segments, each part dealing with only one issue. This first segment, “What Is an Establishment of Religion?” is the entire first section, consisting of five chapters, of our book. This blog post is just a brief, undocumented overview.

The term, Establishment of Religion, comes from the first Amendment to the Constitution.

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.

 This comes from a long history of tradition in England and Europe, especially Germany. It is based on the Magna Carta, the treaties of Augsburg and Westphalia. An establishment of religion according to the 1st amendment is the federal government passing laws and collecting taxes for welfare and education, and to a lesser extent for public worship. At the time the US constitution was written, the Church of England not only controlled Oxford and Cambridge, but local parish, schools, and orphanages. The Church of England ran the poorhouses and buried paupers. Though wealthier Englishmen could buy alternate education, the poorest were born into orphanages, fed, clothed, educated and eventually buried by the Church of England. This was forbidden by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

All aspects of education are inherently religious and there is no separation of church and state possible. There is no “Separation principle” in the constitution. The intent was that government would not influence religion, but religion would influence government. The attempt to separate church and state makes secularism in some form the state religion.

The preamble to the constitution makes the federal government responsible for promoting public welfare, not providing public welfare.

Public worship was a part of the Continental Congress, Congress for the first hundred years, part of the public activities of each president, and that of the Supreme Court. A National Cathedral was built with public funds.

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Going to the Dogs: Where Are We Headed if We Ignore the Conflict?

If you look up the phrase “Going to the Dogs” at http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings you will find this interesting entry:

Of course, what originally went to the dogs was … anything decayed and worthless that wasn’t fit for humans, particularly food. This usage was well enough established by the late 18th century for it to have become a metaphorical expression. For example, The London Review of Literature, 1775, included a play called Germanicus, A Tragedy:
“Sirrah, they are prostitutes, and are civil to delude and destroy you; they are painted Jezabels, and they who hearken to ’em, like Jezebel of old will go to the dogs; if you dare to look at ’em, you will be tainted, and if you speak to ’em you are undone.”
Interesting that the phrase has a biblical origin. Jezebel literally went to the dogs for her sins, including an Establishment of Religion in the 400 prophets of Baal she fed at King Ahab’s expense in the days of Elijah the prophet. The question is, are we going to end up on the Elijah side of the Establishment of Religion argument, or on the Ahab/Jezebel side?

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Introduction to Antidisestablishmentarianism

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.1
John Adams

Sometime in the early twentieth century, Secular Humanist indoctrination convinced almost everyone in the United States that “an establishment of religion” in the first phrase of the first amendment of the United States Constitution is vague and can mean just about anything. “The state of the facts and evidence,” as John Adams so eloquently put it, is the exact opposite.

Section One of this work documents what the founders meant by the phrase “an establishment of religion. ” The Founding Fathers made as clear a statement as the English language permitted. The Constitution of the United States is founded on English law and to a lesser extent, various European laws, especially German and Dutch. In each of these countries, an Establishment of Religion was the collection of taxes to support education, welfare and public worship. The various governments appointed the teachers, welfare workers and pastors and expected these people to support the government in turn.

The original state constitutions not only permitted, but openly encouraged establishments of religion, especially in the areas of welfare and education. The foundation of the US Constitution is the fact that federal government was to have no control whatsoever in these areas. Their concept of a separation of Church and State was the exact opposite of what the courts have rammed down our throats for the past hundred years. The church should have the right to pray and teach without any federal intervention whatsoever. Judges should have the right to post any Scriptures they want. The courts should have no authority whatsoever to comment. Removing a state judge from office for posting the Ten Commandments is not merely an Establishment of Religion. It is the Inquisition.

Section Two documents the foundations of Secular Humanism and how it grew to become America’s Establishment of Religion. The words “Secular Humanism ” come from various groups in the 1950’s. The phrase “Secular Humanist ” is found in court documents to describe this set of beliefs. Secular Humanism is as old as civilization, but the primary foundation of twenty first century Secular Humanism is Plato’s Republic. In America, Secular Humanism can be said to have originated with Thomas Paine. Secular Humanism has specific beliefs which are written down in various manifestos. Like Christianity, Islam and Judaism, Secular Humanism has many variations. Though Secular Humanists do not like the term, the most accurate words to describe these variants are “sects ” or “denominations. ” Like Christians, Muslims and Jews, many Secular Humanist denominations do not get along with one another. Therefore, we have attempted to point out the beliefs which have the greatest agreement.

Section Three defines science, since Secular Humanists claim that science separates them from all other religions. Since true science is founded in the belief, faith and trust of the Bible, all of these words are defined carefully and in detail. In the Bible, belief, faith and trust are legal terms. Believe means to examine the evidence and come to a reasoned conclusion. Action taken on that belief is faith. Trust is the passive version of faith.

The Scientific Method is the biblical version of belief, faith and trust applied to the material world which God created for us. In the Bible, the Scientific Method recognizes that God is the creator, that we are required to be responsible managers of the material world God has given us and that there is a final judgment after death which will include how well we managed the gifts God allowed us to use.

Our book concludes with Section Four, the results of having Secular Humanism as an Establishment of Religion. With the exception of America’s founding documents and the ancient documents such as Plato, Plutarch and Genesis, hundreds of other quotes could easily be substituted for the quotes that appear here. There is nothing new or unique in this book. It is a combination of what used to be common knowledge in America before Secular Humanism took over and destroyed the education system and current events. If we were to start over today, we would pull different stories from the daily news. Though the individual stories would be different, the points would be the same. “There is nothing new under the sun ” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Or to state the same thing another way, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

America’s Established Religion is Secular Humanism. This work is dedicated to exposing, defining and disestablishing it.

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1 John Adams, “Argument in defence of the [English] soldiers in the Boston Massacre trial,” December 1770.

2 “Alabama’s Judicial Ethics Panel removed Chief Justice Roy Moore from office Thursday for defying a Federal judge’s order to move a ten commandments monument from the State Supreme Court building. ” Friday, November 14, 2003. Posted 6:56 AM Eastern time. CNN.com

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