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May 29, 2009

Another Right Wing Website, American Principles Project

American Principles Project. Aren't there already enough of these organizations duping Americans? Like Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, the American Family Association, or the Traditional Values Coalition! So what I ask is why do we need another organization operating under the guise of a religious organization?

This is basically their Mission Statement.

The United States of America does not need new principles. It needs renewed fidelity to the principles set forth in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. These are timeless principles: truths that we hold, in Jefferson's immortal words, to be, "self-evident." They are, moreover, universal principles, not the historically contingent beliefs or customs of a particular sect, clan or tribe. They are rooted in the nature of man as a being who, by virtue of his God-given dignity and rationality, owns the right to participate in the great project of self-government as a free and equal citizen. Whatever others may say, we at the American Principles Project and all who join with us reaffirm the truth that each and every member of the human family is, "created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

{Emphasis Mine} They forgot to add! Except LGBT, brown people, atheist or ANYONE who doesn't march lock and step with them or and all their beliefs. No way will all Americans agree on everything. I find it impossible for these people to think American citizens (except for the fringe element) would or could agree with any policy that works to relegate some CITIZENS to a second class status. I do not recall ever seeing it written "With Liberty and Justice for ALL, EXCEPT TEH GAY"

If these timeless principles are to be restored and our national commitment to them renewed, then a new voice is needed in American politics, a voice that is unafraid to stand up for what is right and speak out against what is wrong. Indeed, that "voice" must be nothing less than millions of American voices raised in unison in defense of political liberty and economic freedom, the sanctity of human life and the integrity of marriage and the family, and the sovereignty and security of our nation.

{Emphasis Mine} In other words the only voice that should be counted and relied upon are voices that is in agreement with their beliefs, and to hell with what the rest of American Citizens think. Boy they really respect that constitution, No freedom of speech in their view of America. To think these people claim marriage equality would infringe on their freedom of speech, but its fine for them to suggest theirs should be the lone voice.

Are we conservatives? You bet we are, if by a "conservative" one means a believer in the rule of law, democracy, limited government and respect for civil liberties, private property and the free market, equality of opportunity, the sanctity of human life, the protection of marriage and the family, and the defense of our nation's sovereignty and security. For us, these convictions are not platitudes. We are convinced that the renewal of our nation and the flourishing of our people vitally depend on making these historic ideals and commitments once again operative in the laws and policies by which we govern ourselves.

{Emphasis Mine} 1. Rule of law: Except for when torture is involved, especially against brown people who worship a false religion. 2a. Limited government and respect for civil liberties: Except when it involves a women's uterus and a fetus. 2b. Except when it comes to keeping marriage from LGBT individuals, consenting adults who happen to be taxpaying CITIZENS. The only civil liberties these groups want protected are you can bet religious liberties is what their focus is on, as if there is an effort to curtail these liberties. Well there is, but only in their minds. Limited government? I think these groups just like the way that sounds and will garner them attention, they do not really mean it.

Our ancestors came from Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America . . . and from all over the globe. We practice many different religions. But we are united as Americans in our commitment to the wisdom and goodness of the principles upon which the United States of America was founded and in our willingness to act on these principles and defend them in the public square. We believe that the way forward, economically, politically, and morally, is to rededicate ourselves to those timeless self-evident truths.

{Emphasis Mine} AHEM more of the lie that America is a Christian Nation, this is not true. So yeah in some cases we do need to "rededicate ourselves." America is not a Christian according to the constitution, Never at any time in history have all Americans been Christians.

In 1797 America made a treaty with Tripoli, declaring that "the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.

"The U.S. Constitution is a secular document. It begins, "We the people," and contains no mention of "God" or "Christianity." Its only references to religion are exclusionary, such as, "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust" (Art. VI), and "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" (First Amendment). The presidential oath of office, the only oath detailed in the Constitution, does not contain the phrase "so help me God" or any requirement to swear on a bible (Art. II, Sec. 1, Clause 8). If we are a Christian nation, why doesn't our Constitution say so?

Thomas Jefferson had this to say.

"[When] the [Virginia] bill for establishing religious freedom... was finally passed, a singular proposition proved that its protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word "Jesus Christ," so that it should read "a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion." The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend within the mantle of its protection the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo and infidel of every denomination." --Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821. ME 1:67

"Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry." --Thomas Jefferson: Statute for Religious Freedom, 1779. ME 2:301, Papers 2:545

"Our Constitution... has not left the religion of its citizens under the power of its public functionaries, were it possible that any of these should consider a conquest over the consciences of men either attainable or applicable to any desirable purpose." --Thomas Jefferson: Reply to New London Methodists, 1809. ME 16:332

"Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to God alone. I inquire after no man's, and trouble none with mine." --Thomas Jefferson to Miles King, 1814. ME 14:198

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