The leading and most effective of the anti-slavery abolitionist groups, the American Antislavery Society, adopted and published a statement against slavery called a Declaration of Sentiments in which they called on Congress to outlaw slavery. It said that “keeping humans in involuntary bondage” is stealing, “according to Scriptures”. They called the passing of laws that allowed slavery “an audacious usurpation of the Divine Prerogative” and “a presumptuous transgression of all the holy commandments”. They ended by saying;
“We plant ourselves upon the Declaration of our Independence and the truths of Divine revelation, as upon the Everlasting Rock.”
Lincoln said; “If the negro is a man, why then my ancient faith teaches me that all men are created equal; and there can be no moral right in connection with one man making a slave of another.”
Abraham Lincoln, speech in Peoria Illinois, October 16, 1854
At his second inaugural speech he said, “Both (north and south) read the same bible and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not lest we be judged.”
Lincoln then assigned the guilt of slavery to both sides of the war, saying that God had sent, “to both sides this terrible war.”
He went on to say that he fervently prayed that the war would pass quickly, but;
“If God wills it to continue to the wealth piled up by the bondsman’s 250 years of unrequited toil…and every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn by the sword; as it was said 3000 years ago so it must still be said; ‘The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’ The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.”
How strange that the arguments that freed the black slaves in America and Britain would be considered null and void by the first black man elected president to the United States. Senator Obama made it clear in 2006 speeches that we could not shape our arguments on the bible but must speak in non-religious terms in politics. (apparently he does not recognize that atheism is just as religious as theism) Our bibles must be thrown away, and the common man must look to brilliant intellectuals such as Marx or Obama to explain to us what our “Universal values” are.
And I am curious as to just what these universal values are based upon, since it is apparent that these values do not give the right to life to unborn human beings. Does evolution give inherent rights to human beings? Stalin and Mao and Hitler didn’t think so. Apparently though, “Obama knows” what these rights are and we need only to put our “good books” away and wait upon him to enlighten us.
Be wary of what some call religious free government, because religious free means theist free and Atheism is full- a slam on true religious freedoms or liberty. Atheism is a religious view, but one in which there are no immutable or inalienable rights from a source outside of the government. The government becomes god and can give and choose rights as they please, or as the people in power please. The people in power maintain their own personal rights by force of power, but the public must wait on them to ascertain what rights they have at any given time.
You can throw your bible away. I am going to hang on to mine. Like a glaring eyed bulldog hangs on to his bone. Because it is only the bible that shows me what a sinner I am by nature and only the bible that then shows me the pathway to forgiveness for that sin. I don’t need any government or ruler to dictate to me what right and wrong is. (Beyond the process of basic civil law, traffic law, etc.) Governments, according to our founders do not have the power to ordain or remove moral absolutes or basic human rights. Those rights are inherent and from our “Creator”.
Our founders came here with the express purpose of being able to worship God and exercise the religious beliefs and faith in every realm, including politics. Tocqueville said;
“The immigrants, or as they deservedly styled themselves, the pilgrims, belonged to that English sect the austerity of whose principles had acquired for them the name of Puritans. Puritanism was not merely a religious doctrine, but corresponded in many points with the most absolute democratic and republican theories. It was this tendency that had aroused its most dangerous adversaries. Persecuted by the government of the mother country, and disgusted by the habits of a society which the rigor of their own principles condemned, the Puritans went forth to seek some rude and unfrequented part of the world where they could live according to their own opinions and worship God in freedom.” De Tocqueville, Alexis, Democracy in America, Ch. 2
Like Oliver Cromwell and my Puritan forefathers, I consider the Scriptures to be the final and foremost guide to morality and ethics. I don’t believe in an ever evolving random human morality or in Hegel or Marx’s universal “absolute idea” but in the Divine providence of the God of the Jewish people, the Creator of the Universe.
And do I need to tell you that any government that claims to have the power to remove the right to life or other inherent human rights is a Rogue government?
G. Morris, author of the first draft of the Constitution said;
“Liberty and justice simply cannot be had apart from the gracious influences of a righteous people. A righteous people simply cannot exist apart from the aspiration to liberty and justice. The Christian religion and its incumbent morality is tied to the cause of freedom with a Gordian knot; loose one from the other and both are sent asunder.”
Gouverneur Morris, from biography by James Carter Braxton, 1911, p. 101
“There is only true Christian ethics over against which stands the whole of paganism. If we are to fulfill our destiny as a people, we must return to the old morality, the sole morality.” David Johnson, Theodore Roosevelt, American Monarch. I think the original is from Roosevelt’s book, The Foes of our own Household.