Thursday, 8 October 2015

From Extreme Central Texas comes this reminder from our more Noble Past


“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. 
Thomas Jefferson 

“All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending Providence in our favor. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without His Aid?”   Benjamin Franklin

“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws, —the first growing out of the last... A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.     Alexander Hamilton

“All Americans should reflect upon the precious heritage of liberty under law passed on to us by our Founding Fathers. This heritage finds its most comprehensive expression in our Constitution. The framing of the Constitution was an arduous task accomplished in the spirit of cooperation and with dedication to the ideals of republican self-government and unalienable God-given human rights that gave transcendent meaning and inspiration to the American Revolution... The wisdom and foresight of the architects of the Constitution are manifest in the fact that it remains a powerful governing tool to the present day. Indeed, a great British statesman has called it ‘the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.’ For over 200 years, people from other lands have come to the United States to participate in the great adventure in self-government begun in Philadelphia in 1787... All citizens should reread and study this great document and rededicate themselves to the ideals it enshrines.”     Ronald Reagan


    We add, lamentably from Wiki, the following reminder about any notion that the First Amendment had to do with anything like "freedom from religion".  To wit:

   The Establishment Clause addressed the concerns of members of minority faiths who did not want the federal government to establish a state religion for the entire nation. The Baptists in Virginia, for example, had suffered discrimination prior to the disestablishment of the Anglican church in 1786. As Virginia prepared to hold its elections to the state ratifying convention in 1788, the Baptists were concerned that the Constitution had no safeguard against the creation of a new national church. In Orange County, Virginia, two federalist candidates, James Madison and James Gordon, Jr., were running against two anti-federalists (opponents of the Constitution), Thomas Barbour and Charles Porter. Barbour requested to John Leland, an influential Baptist preacher and fervent lifelong proponent of religious liberty, that he write a letter to Barbour outlining his objections to the proposed Constitution.[4] Leland stated in the letter that, among his other concerns, the Constitution had no Bill of Rights and no safeguards for religious liberty and freedom of the press.[5] A number of historians have concluded on the basis of compelling circumstantial evidence that, just prior to the election in March 1788, Madison met with Leland and gained his support of ratification by addressing these concerns and providing him with the necessary reassurances. In any event, Leland cast his vote for Madison. Leland's support, according to Scarberry, was likely key to the landslide victory of Madison and Gordon.

     As an old, un-reconstructed Episcopalian, member of the Anglican Communion, we state again, that not only the Virginia Baptist, but the Dutch Reform (Lutherans), and various and sundry denominations of the national population were concerned that there were too many people with considerable power and position who were Anglican (Episcopalians).   Among them, of course, was George Washington.
     There was a prayer in the ancient Book of Common Prayer wherein is found in the liturgy of conduct of services, the "Prayer for HRH and all in Civil Authority".  At that time, one would petition via one of two prayers.  Both were changed to modify the  phrase, "Grant to His Majesty, George III..." around 1786, to a  new, slightly more "American" prayer   Our church used the following,

our Governor, whose glory is in all the world,
We commend this nation to thy merciful care,
that being guided by thy Providence, we may
dwell secure in thy peace.  Grant to the President
of the United States, and to all in authority, wisdom
and strength to know and to do thy will.  Fill them
with the love of truth and righteousness;  and make
them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people
in thy fear; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth
 and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God,
world without end.

     So, as has been stated here many-a-time, the First Amendment to the Constitution was to clarify, once and for all, that the new Republic would not  force its citizens to kiss the Pope's big toe, nor the King of England's big toe (as the head of the Anglican Church, and its Protector of the Faith), nor any person's or institution's big toe.  There was to be No National Official Church.
And that is from whence the term and legal title "Protestant Episcopal Church of America" came.    As a substantially Catholic Church by traditional Orthodoxy, the various diocese of the Anglican Church in America had to reorganise to the extent that they would no longer recognise the Monarch of the British Empire as the head of their communion.  Thence, the word "protestant" was included into the official title of the new denomination.   It remained a "Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church", but without the King or Queen of England as its head.

FINALLY, original decision to remove God, Yahweh, Jehovah, the Creator, or any such deferential recognition to the Great Cosmic Force and Providential Entity from the public theatre was ill-founded.   The decisions that began to emanate from the minds of very small, very mean jurists that the Founders meant to strike religion from the public forum were ill-established, unfounded by any intellectual standard, statements of hatred for any notion that there was any such thing as a "Supreme Being''.   It was the hubris of the Serpent, winning a battle at the Fig Tree of Eden.   When those silly interpretations of the intent of the First Amendment occurred, much of it centre'd around the Madeline Murray case, we truly sewed the seeds that would cause us to later reap the whirlwind of social disintegration.

'Nuff sed, thanks for your patience and attention.  More to follow about more interesting stuff.
El Gringo Viejo