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Freedom of Religion
An Atheistic Founding
Freedom of Religion
Charles J. Hunsinger
Treaty of Tripoli
Nov 4, 1796
Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
To say that, “Freedom of Religion,” is an Atheistic principle may seem to be a contradiction in terms and in philosophical ethic, but consideration must be made, in that, freedom of religion is first and foremost freedom from a religious mandate or a church and state totalitarianism, as was the case in Christian torn Europe from 300 CE and in many of the Colonies prior to the Constitution. As many would claim, that our Constitution was constructed to facilitate the belief in any described deity and therefore religious liberty can be exercised is only a half or less truth and, perhaps, more accurately only a by-product of the real intent and that was to nullify the power and demagoguery of religious belief and its inherent historical and present bias and cruelty. It is reasonable, I think, that freedom of religion is a prohibition against religion, as Freedom of Speech is a prohibition against government. The result is Individual Freedom. To create laws that would empower the government or church i.e. ‘hate speech’, ‘Faith Based’ or tax exempt organizations is a decided alteration of Individual Freedom (Bill of Rights) in favor of church and state and the furtherance of a dictatorial agenda.
Freedom of religion, freedom of worship or not to worship is not a theistic (religious) truth, tenant, principle or freedom. Christianity, Islam and Judaism are very clear, as to what god one may or may not worship or believe in. Not to do so in the prescribed manner is punishable. Freedom to believe in other gods or to worship in a manner that you decide upon is not acceptable. For one to embrace the concept and practice of Individual Freedom (Bill of Rights) one moves away from the doctrine, purported truths and dogma of religious belief toward an agnostic or Atheistic philosophy. Noticeably, with such movement away from the orthodoxy of theistic prescription and mandate the bonds and the great pillars of belief that have held tight the human mind begin to melt and weaken leading to a dismantling, as is now obvious, of religious belief. Freedom of Religion (Freedom from Religion) is a contradiction to the orthodox mandates of religious belief, practice and teaching. That it is so leads to the conclusion that, as Marx and Engles surmised, “Democracy is the only road to Socialism”, Freedom of Religion is the only road to Atheism.
To be clear, it is necessary to say that, Atheism is not Marxism, as Marxism is not Atheism. Marxism is the supplanting of one god (religiously defined) with another, the State. Marxism is no less theistic, no less dogmatic, no less autocratic than the most orthodox of religious beliefs and no less dangerous.
"A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America" [1787-1788]
“The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.”
". . . Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind."