schmieg wrote:The freedom to choose one's belief includes the right to choose non-belief. Would you then make it a criminal offense not to believe in a higher power?
Of course not. That would be antithetical to the concepts I'm supporting.
I'm asserting that the statement
"You have an inalienable right under the First Amendment not to believe in God or a Creator."
made earlier is contradictory as unalienable Rights flow from a religious philosophical presupposition. That the belief in the concept of unalienable Rights is a product of religious belief that gives rise to the 1st Amendment (and others). To divorce the concept of unalienable Rights from Religious belief in the supremacy of spiritual matters is antithetical to the concept of Liberty as expressed in the founding documents of the nation. That without a spiritual religious philosophy underpinning justice, all declarations are mere preference, such as cuisine- carrying no moral OUGHT.
Whereas The Pilgrims / Founders held a Religious Belief in a Creator (see Mayflower Compact and other pre-US Constitution documents)
Whereas This Religious Belief gave rise to the legal concept of Natural, preexisting, unalienable Rights in many realms, particularly regarding religious belief.
Whereas The State is not to rule the conscience of the people, but to uphold these unalienable Rights ("That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men...")
Resolved, There Shall Be no Government compulsion to individual belief in a particular religion.
“A free people claim their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
-Thomas Jefferson, 1774
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