People of faith in America are feeling the pressure from a growing coalition bent on restricting any public display of religious beliefs. The idea that politics and religion do not mix is a false notion at the least and dangerous at its worst. Religion and politics are inextricably linked. Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
How did we get to this point in a virtuous culture based upon Judeo-Christian values?
The answer is as Franklin pointed out – government has become more corrupt and vicious and some people are demanding masters.
Who are the members of this anti-Christian Coalition? Here is a short list:
- Politicians both Democrat and Republican at every level
- Government Bureaucrats at every level
- The Main Stream Media
- The U.S. Armed Forces
- The U.S. Court System
- Public Schools
- The LGBT Movement
- The followers of Mohammed
- Atheists, Agnostics and Satanists
- Communists and Socialists
What do they all have in common? They all adhere to and promote the collectivist ideology.
Ayn Rand wrote a short nineteen page paper asking: What is the basic issue facing the world today? Rand, in her paper makes the case that, “The basic issue in the world today is between two principles: Individualism and Collectivism.” Rand defines these two principles as follows:
- Individualism – Each man exists by his own right and for his own sake, not for the sake of the group.
- Collectivism – Each man exists only by the permission of the group and for the sake of the group.
Collectivism is by its very nature anti-Christian. Rand wrote, “When [Collectivism is] applied in practice, a principle which recognizes no morality and no individual rights, [it] can result in nothing except brutality.” Rand notes:
Either the power of society is limited, or it is not. It can’t be both.
Rand and a growing number of Americans understand that the U.S. Constitution “is not a document that limits the rights of man – but a document that limits the power of society over man.” Rand defines a right as “that which can be exercised without anyone’s permission.” Inalienable rights means that, “Man cannot be forced to devote his life to the happiness of another man nor of any number of other men. It means that the collective cannot decide what is to be the purpose of man’s existence nor prescribe his choice of happiness.”
What is the shield that protects man’s inalienable rights from collectivism? ANSWER: Moral Principles!
Rand wrote, “It is true that society can abandon moral principles and turn itself into a herd running amuck to destruction. Just as it is true that a man can cut his own throat any time he chooses. But a man cannot do this if wishes to survive. And society cannot abandon moral principles if it expects to exist… Without a moral code no proper human society is possible. Without the recognition of individual rights no moral code is possible.”
Rand concludes “there can be no social system which is a mixture of Individualism and Collectivism.”
Human life is the standard of value. Collectivists do not value human life, Individualist hold human life as the basis of liberty and freedom.
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