"Because finally, 'the equal right of every citizen to the free exercise of his religion according to the dictates of conscience' is held by the same tenure with all his other rights. If we recur to its origin, it is equally the gift of nature; if we weigh its importance, it cannot be less dear to us; if we consider the 'Declaration of those rights which pertain to the good people of Virginia, as the basis and foundation of government,' it is enumerated with equal solemnity, or rather studied emphasis."
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James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source:
A Memorial and Remonstrance, Section 15, 1785
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Unless Americans can once again unite on the eternal laws of nature regardless of where we believe they came from, the headlong disaster we ourselves are bringing upon us by the prevalent divisiveness between us will tear this Nation apart and the remnants picked over by those who have instigated the downfall.
 -- Anon     
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     -- Anonymous      
    On the other hand, Anon, this is the process of human civilization which has not much changed for thousands of years. The battle for Liberty will remain a battle for eons to come.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Hello E Archer, I believe this is the process you refer to? 1. from bondage to spiritual faith 2. from spiritual faith to great courage 3. from great courage to liberty 4. from liberty to abundance 5. from abundance to complacency 6. from complacency to apathy 7. from apathy to dependence 8. from dependence back into bondage" Professor Alexander Tyler History Professor at the University of Edinburgh 1787 + or - I don't believe this process has to continue if we will finally learn the lessons of history and actually preach it in our religious institutions, teach it in our schools, and practice it in our social and political lives mankind has the ability to establish natural law world wide and it has been the failure of not learning this lesson that mankind has suffered under the burdens placed upon them indirectly by themselves and directly by others through the centuries. At this time in history the technology that is being used to bring us from step 7 into step 8 and world wide servitude will, after this lesson learned this time around, in reversal of its use, free the world to the exact degree it will be enslaved this time. When freedom rings again in step 4 it will ring on every internet connection in the world and the truth of just what liberty is will never be silenced because of instant communication used in a good way rather than the evil way it is used today. " The battle for Liberty will remain a battle for eons to come." Have you no faith in man? Have you no faith in yourself? Mankind has always had the knowledge and ability to establish these innate eternal laws on earth and technology will finally give them the means to accomplish it and allow it to flourish within the minds of men in an instant. Just as the war mongers and power seekers have put use to their advantage with its modern discovery in continuing the cycle above, peace seekers and peace makers will get their opportunity to put it to use to their advantage when step 4 is reached again. The lesson learned after the coming complete worldwide bondage will be the greatest lesson ever learned in mankinds' history and it will not be forgotten this time.
     -- Anon     
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