According to the ancient philosopher Aristotle, “Nature abhors a vacuum.”
If religion has no place guiding a nation let us look at a true historical comparison. In France, shortly after America gained its independence, they too began a revolution. They removed God from their equation and as a result they have gone through more than a dozen constitutions. Their god became ‘reason,’ and reason is where man received his rights. When society dictates what is right and what is wrong, some sad things become true…
1, Hitler was right, because the German people loved him.
2, If I help the little old lady across the street or run her over with my car it makes no difference if the majority of people agree.
3, The purpose of life is nonexistent.
In such a system morals become flexible, people do whatever feels good, and people lose their heads.
In the United States we are founded as a nation under God. If religion has no place in government, then why did it work so well for so long? In France the lack of God at the government level has led them through a number of constitutional failures. (1791, 1793, 1795, 1799, 1802, 1804, 1814, 1815, 1830, 1848, 1852, 1875, 1940, 1945, 1946) And on the other hand, the nation born from the idea, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This has lasted more than two hundred years. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. There is not a single revolution in history that worked out as well as it did for the United States.
Religion is not just the right flavor of faith, or a belief in the afterlife, it is a viewpoint by which all of our actions are influenced. It is where we get the ideas of right and wrong. It is what gave the world direction since time began.
Yes, making abortion illegal is forcing a belief upon a people. However, what person in Washington does things with no regard for self. Better yet, what self-sufficient person does things without any self-regard? And yes morality should be defined in its most basic terms of life, liberty and security. But where would you find those morals if you completely remove religion from the equation? You find them in the corruptible uncertain wavering standards of person to person, and eventually… you end up eating cake. There is no difference between illegal abortion affecting a percentage of the population and the removal of prayer from schools. If it is right then it is right, and if it is wrong then it is wrong, but as a society let us keep things consistent.
When you understand why this country was founded by the English to begin with, you realize that the reason that we have a country is because people were trying to flee from religious persecution. England basically told the early settlers that if they didn’t like how things were, with the king’s specific breed of religion being forced upon them, then they could get out. So what is wrong with that theory today? If you want to live in a country that was founded upon religious persecution, religious principles, and by so gave us the right to choose toe either believe or not to believe in “God” then I guess you have the right to get out.