Friday, October 26, 2012

And So We Come Full Circle?

In 1779, while serving in the Virginia General Assembly, Thomas Jefferson authored a bill of legislation that would ultimately become the basis for our Constitution’s First Amendment.  Titled A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, it was passed by the assembly in 1786, and laid out the principle that individuals could not be compelled by the state to participate in, or financially support organized religion, nor could he be compelled to alter his beliefs though civil penalties. 
I would draw your attention to this excerpt: “That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical;”
As a founder, along with James Madison, of what is today the Democratic Party I find it interesting that his party now seeks to compel, through law and regulation, principles that stand in direct contrast to his sentiments.  Maybe it is because they see themselves as something other than what they are?
You can believe what you will, but it is unmistakable that the proponents for Women’s Rights carry with them the same organizational fervor, as any Puritan living in Salem Mass in 1692.  They demand the government fund their right to choose, and when in a position of power have used their authority to force that obligation on those who hold different moral beliefs.  They have become, in every sense, the very thing that Thomas Jefferson argued so critically against.  When the expression of your belief is labeled as a war on woman, and is intended to disqualify one for public office, it would seem to be in direct opposition to what Thomas Jefferson labeled as man’s natural right.
I wonder what side President Jefferson would take in this debate?

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