Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.


- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Thursday, July 19, 2007

What are we becoming?

I know people keep asking that question. But as a country composed almost entirely of immigrants (other than the Native Americans,) we should... well naturally be tolerant.

This nation was founded on freedom: most especially freedom of religion.

I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others. - Thomas Jefferson

On July 12th (and for the first time in history,) a Hindu delivered the Senate’s morning invocation. He was interrupted by three protesters belonging to the Christian Right anti-abortion group Operation Save America, who chanted “Lord Jesus, forgive us father for allowing a prayer of the wicked, which is an abomination in your sight.”

How embarrassing.

We seem at times to be held hostage by wildly intolerant and judgmental 'sects' among us. The majority of us are very tolerant. I guess we just have to put up with this small-minded prejudice of the minority... but we don't ever have to let them take over our government.

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