And either way, the individual’s free will loses.
What does the Old North Church symbolize, merely freedom of religion or freedom from religion too?
When religion wins over regulation, is it an automatic victory for social and moral “good” over “evil” or maybe not so much anymore?– I’m noticing cases that don’t look like private freedom from public control as much as shifting dominance between the usual players atop the Control Poll ranking.
I see little to champion between losing my free will in the name of God’s Law or Government’s Law.
We who home-educate as part of our rightful sovereignty as private citizens, believing we’re free not only from allegiance to either party but from control by either Church OR State, never mind School, have the toughest row to hoe imo. So whose side are you on as a citizen, between Government’s Law and God’s Law? Are we all gonna be forced to pick a side or perish as Revelations prophesize, and is that time approaching?
Valerie who blogs for Home Education Magazine surprised herself (and Daryl!) by asking herself this question, after seeing the new Army-of-God movie Jesus Camp. Lawyer and homeschool dad Scott Somerville, recently of HSLDA, is blogging here about pro-life lessons for the next generation. Sam Harris, author of “The End of Faith” and “Letter to a Christian Nation” says history’s answer is clear and America had better learn the lesson and teach it to our young quickly, or
our delusions will kill us all.
An analysis by The New York Times of laws passed since 1989 shows that more than 200 special arrangements, protections or exemptions for religious groups or their adherents were tucked into Congressional legislation, covering topics ranging from pensions to immigration to land use. New breaks have also been provided by a host of pivotal court decisions at the state and federal level, and by numerous rule changes in almost every department and agency of the executive branch.
The special breaks amount to “a sort of religious affirmative action program,” said John Witte Jr., director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at the Emory University law school.
Professor Witte added: “Separation of church and state was certainly part of American law when many of today’s public opinion makers were in school. But separation of church and state is no longer the law of the land.”
The changes reflect, in part, the growing political influence of religious groups and the growing presence of conservatives in the courts and regulatory agencies. But these tax and regulatory breaks have been endorsed by politicians of both major political parties, by judges around the country, and at all levels of government…
Are churches like the ever-expanding Methodist Monster church-entertainment-school-child care center-parking lot in my FL neighborhood running roughshod over the rest of us with our unwitting consent, or merely a few thousand of my neighbors doing God’s work by divine right that trumps whatever secular interests the rest of us believe Man’s Law and government regulations must control?
UPDATE – It occurs to me this all relates to poor Pluto, who was just minding its own business far, far away from the Controllers and Do-Gooders here on Earth (or whatever is politically correct to call our home in the universe this week.)
They scold us and say if I (and Nance, just to further confuse you by further clarifying) would just hush up and go along with their political strategy of distinct legal definitions as liberty, then the hsing world would be a peaceful, secure little Stepford place where we’re all free to be the same, and so would school.
Happy homeschools and public schools could live in perfect, legally defined and enforced harmony”, each person clearly defined on one side or the other with both sides patrolling the borders. Immigration laws strictly enforced, because that serves the interests of both governments. And it’s so easy to keep straight!
I should consent to government by unelected fundamentalist and authoritarian peers, because then our home education will be freer and safer? But this isn’t the point, they tell me, WE define the point, not you!