Religion v. The unknown energy behind all creation.
By Kerry Walker
When we talk about God when dealing with the origin of all Creation, we are talking about our Creator. We are not talking about Christ or Christianity or any specific religion. Our Constitution made this very clear. This is also made clear by Jefferson (although almost always misread)-- who did not believe there should be a wall between God and state, but only between an established religion and government.
Justice Hugo Black had laid the groundwork in Everson v. Board of Education (1947).
"The 'establishment of religion' clause in the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against the establishment of religion by law was intended to erect 'a wall of separation between Church and State.'”
A New York State law had taken a big step in forcing religion on others and mixing religion and state affairs when it passed a law that required school officials to open the day with a Christian prayer. The next big break from this violation of the Constitution came in 1962 when the Supreme Court in Engel v. Vitale struck down the law. Justice Potter Stewart’s dissent cited examples of the “deeply entrenched and highly cherished spiritual traditions of our nation.” As Justice Stewart also noted, we “are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.” What Justice Stewart failed to emphasize was the fact that these prayers were based on Christian beliefs and a belief in Christ.
Justice Douglas concurred in the majority but, on a strange take, he noted its implications:
"What New York does on the opening of its public schools is what we do when we open court. Our Crier has from the beginning announced the convening of the Court. “God Save the United States and this Honorable Court.” That utterance is a supplication, a prayer in which we, the judges, are free to join, but which we need not recite any more than the students need to recite the New York prayer. What New York does on the opening of its public schools is what each House of Congress does at the opening of each day’s business."
First of all saying “God Save the United States and this Honorable Court” does not involve any specific established religion. Of course I must point out that the word “God” here certainly leans towards the “Christian God” and one may question whether the "court" is honorable. This is not a “prayer” in the same sense that was taking place at the opening of the New York public schools, and the fact is that if a child does not indorse this prayer or the established religion that this prayer supports, then a child could be hurt psychologically over the course of time by having to be the only one that does not recite it. Don’t you think the very act of not reciting this prayer would bring attention to this child? Don’t you think a child would feel awkward by not reciting it? This could further open the child to ridicule and alienation, which would bring further injury to the child. In fact, it could escalate into the child being verbally tormented or, in the worse case, physically abused or even killed. The House of Congress should take note that if their prayer endorses an established religion, it is in violation of our Constitution.
In the 1963 decision Abington v. Schempp, the Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional. This was something that was a little more than obvious, yet to the educated and learned Christians nationwide this case is widely regarded as the decisive break in which the Court began to use the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to drive religion out of public life. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The theme that God can remain in public life as long as it does not endorse a specific religion was first established in this case. But again “Christians” were not satisfied and felt that this was an attempt to lessen the meaningful and practical impact of their religion and the personal and national “salvation” they believed in.
But, as we come to find out, the fact that the word “God” had been viewed as having less meaning and less impact is what saved the Pledge of Allegiance and its reference to "God", and this may have very well been the motive behind it. In this same case Justice William Brennan noted that patriotic exercises such as the Pledge of Allegiance were fine because “they had lost any religious significance through repetitive usage.”
Here is Justice Brennan’s reasoning:
"The general principle might also serve to insulate the various patriotic exercises and activities used in the public schools and elsewhere which, whatever may have been their origins, no longer have a religious purpose or meaning. The reference to divinity in the revised pledge of allegiance, for example, may merely recognize the historical fact that our Nation was believed to have been founded 'under God.' Thus reciting the pledge may be no more of a religious exercise than the reading aloud of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which contains an allusion to the same historical fact."
So these so-called “Christians” had made such a ruckus that now we even had to make light of "God" in order keep the use of the word “God” in place. Our Founding Fathers would not have wanted the use of the word “God” or the use of the word “Creator” to be forced as a means of imposing the religion of Christ or the teaching of the Bible as the literal “Word of God” on anybody. The use of the word “God” was used by these deist to discribe this energy behind all creation and was a name given to this energy behind all creation or our "Creator" and would encompass any believer’s concept of Creation or God and virtually any bible, but the provisions made would also allow for a person to refrain from such beliefs, i.e. we would all have "freedom". As Justice Brennan also stated, “A too literal quest for the advice of the Founding Fathers upon the issues of these cases seems to me to be futile and misdirected.” In no way was this meant as a break from the Founding Fathers and American History, as many Christians have made and continue to make claim.
I should point out here that any discussion on any topic and any dissertation on any topic will be swayed by the believers or conditioning of the person involved. Obviously if a Christian undertakes to do research on this specific subject, he will lean toward support for his beliefs, and on the other hand, someone that does not believe in religion but believes that this energy behind creation has nothing to do with a specific religion, his analysis may lean towards evidence to support this view. This is human nature. My goal has always been to get myself out of the way as much as possible, and to do an objective investigation into the facts. In fact I say that it is possible to die to self so completely that we can go beyond most of our conditioning, and then the observer is not filtering the observed. It is like three good scientists looking through a microscope and seeing the exact same thing. Having said that, let us look at the other side of the coin.
“Justice Joseph Story in a speech at Harvard in 1829 claimed, ‘there never has been a period of history in which Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundation.’” Now from my studies of history, this is certainly not the case. What is unfortunate is that in most every case in history that a man of importance did not believe in the infallibility of the Bible or in the divinity of Christ, he was ridiculed or he kept his beliefs private, or his beliefs were covered up or altered to fit the popular beliefs of the masses. Although there is the fact, as many learned Christians believe, that the Christian religion is part of common law, this sad fact has produced many of our laws, some more bizarre than others.
“In 1890 the Supreme Court ruled against polygamy by asserting, ‘it is contrary to the spirit of Christianity and the civilization which Christianity has produced in the Western world.’ Not that I that I'm an advocate polygamy, but I certainly would not judge another that practiced it or put him in jail for it!
In 1892 the Supreme Court stated, ‘Christianity, general Christianity, is and always has been, a part of the common law of Pennsylvania....not Christianity with an established church and tithes and spiritual courts, but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men...this is a Christian nation.’
In 1931 the Supreme Court cited its 1892 language ‘We are a Christian people,’ and asserted that the government must make decisions in the belief that these decisions ‘are not inconsistent with the will of God.’” This is the most troubling statement that one can make. To think, in our human fallibility, that every government decision is the “will of God,” is a recipe for disaster. That statement conjures up the Christian belief that states there is “no law that has not be laid down by God.” We all know this to be false simply on the basis that our laws very so much from state to state, as well as the absurdity of some laws. God would not be such a fool.
A state law had been passed in New York and in 1952, and in the act of sustaining this law, students were allowed to be released from school for the sole purpouse to participate in Christian activities. How bizare is that?!
The trouble with the public is that they just want contentment and to seek pleasure. No one wants to face the sorrow of what goes on in the world today. But, I tell you the only way to go beyond the sorrow, is to face the sorrow. We must be willing to be discontented with what our government and our legal system is doing and to remain with this discontentment until the masses are discontent. We must stop these judges that depart from the Constitution in applying the law. Judge Bork once stated, “A judge who departs from the Constitution... is applying no law other than his will. Our country is being radically altered, step by step, by Justices who are not following any law.”
Neither Christianity nor Christ is mentioned one time in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, or the Bill of Rights. The fact is our Founding Fathers were Deist, and they believed in a Creator that they chose to call God. Just look at the culture we have today, or the lack thereof, and ask oneself if these strange belief systems are working. Our governmnet, our justice system, and our laws have evolved from the mingling of the Christian religion and the confused teachings of the bible and have overshadowed the truth of our Founding Fathers. These belief systems are out there in la la land and are as strange as the Twilight Zone, and they are standing right there along with our insane and unjust and selfish government and the often unfair and unjust legal system it has created.
In most states, if an eighteen year old falls in love with a fifteen year old and they have consensual sex, the eighteen year old can go to prison for life for statutory rape. In most states for a man and a woman to make love to each other and not be legally married, they have committed a crime! I could go on and on with some very strange laws that have come about only because of belief in the Christian religion. Who are we as human beings to place such strange judgments on others? They come only from this bizarre believe in the fables of Christianity.
Many of our laws have evolved from belief in this book called the “Holy Bible” and I submit to you that if you read my work with an open mind, there is no way that you would give such credence to this book. In fact you would understand as I do that this book is false and has been the result of untold human suffering and torture. It is indeed a wretched book when studied in its literal context, and if a religion is false it is evil and evil will all too often come out of a belief in it. Just look at what we did to the natives and the American Indians. There have been 10,000 wars in the past 1000 years in the name of Christianity. People have been tortured and burned at the stake in the name of this "god" of "religion" and countless injustices have taken place because of this "religion".
You may doubt or question the bible in private, but are afraid to do it publicly. Your wife may leave you if she knew that you no longer were the bible believing man she always thought you were. The best way to sell a lot of books and to be accepted is to believe in the Christian religion. Our goal should be not to make others accept us or to please other people, but to go beyond self and walk effortlessly with this energy behind all creation. What is more important, to please others or to walk in truth? It is the truth that frees, not you effort to become free.
The latest trend is to create a new majority on the Court that will reestablish earlier precedents and make school prayer the law of the land along with the right to post the Ten Commandments, and other rights that would reestablish the right to recognize and promote the Christian god in public places.
Just look at how angry many of you are getting by reading these words. This is simply because I am encroaching on your conditioning and this agitates you. You may want harm to come to me or you may want to see me suffer or even dead. There is no difference between you and an Islam that will kill when I say anything negative about the Koran or about his religion. The pages of history have been stained blood red with the belief and the fear that has originated from these books we call bibles.
Look at how these “Suicide Bombers” with their belief in God and in the Koran are willing to die for the chance to go to Heaven. In an interview with a “Suicide Bomber”, in the July 2005 issue of Time, this faith in the unreal is made clear. “While he waits, he spends much of his time rehearsing that last prayer. ‘First I will ask Allay (God) to bless my mission with a high rate of casualties among the Americans,’ he says, speaking softly in a matter-of-fact monotone, as if dictating a shipping list. ‘Then I will ask him to purify my soul so I am fit to see him, and I will ask to see my mujahedin brothers who are already with him.’” He can’t wait to die so he will be happy and when speaking about his friend that is getting ready to go on his mission he says, “he expects his final weeks to be a period of euphoria rather that penance. ‘My friend was happier than I had ever seen him,’ he says. ‘He felt he was close to the end of his journey to heaven.’” He goes on, “I pray no innocent people are killed in my mission, but if some are, I know when they arrive in Heaven, Allah will ask them to forgive me.”
The fundamentalist of Islam hate Americans and they want to kill as many American men, woman, and children as they can. They believe it is their right to reach parity with us, simply because of what we have done to them. The radicals of the Islamic faith and believers in the Holy Koran consider America to be ruled by Satan. They are unwilling to tolerate the beliefs of another or the freedom of speech, freedom of religion or from religion, or the freedom for women. I must ask myself as I sit here observing the world as it is—How are the demands of religion reconcilable with the modern world?
The fact is there are seven “Holy Bibles” on this planet, and all claim to be the only way to God. The person brought up under and conditioned by a specific belief, almost always tends to believe that belief to be the true belief. There are over 250 sects of Christianity and there is no way that you can believe in all the beliefs of any one sect without being in contradiction of another. There are six major translations of the Bible and each translation is radically different from the former and there are contradictions throughout each translation and between these different translations, and they are full of scriptures that promote wrong actions and scriptures that portrey a violent god. No one religion is ever going to rule this world.
An American Indian once told me, “God created the world and everything that is in there and does not dwell in temples made with men’s hands. The kingdom of God would come to live in man and not in buildings. And how is he worshiped by man---God does not need your worship. He creates all men of one blood and put them in the habitat he wanted them to be in and to live in harmony with. All men are equal and any man that is cut, they all bleed red all the same.”
Thought has created many good things in life, such a surgery, medicine, better transportation and so on. But thought has also created some bad things, such as better means of killing, prejudice, greed, violence and so on. And thought has created, invented all the religions of the world. This is a fact. It withstands any open minded argument. This energy behind all creation—which we may call God, has not written one book or created anything that has been created by the hand of man, yet this energy that we may call God has created everything else. But we must also understand that the name is not the thing—the description is not the described.
Our strange government is encroaching on our freedom concerning our spiritual beliefs, or the lack of such beliefs more and more as time goes on...We are now teaching the bible is public schools in some states and we even have the "year of the bible" set aside by our government. The impositions of organized religion on each one of us is in every walk of life, and this is simply wrong. Any intelligent man or woman that has ever read the entire bible will come to the same awareness that this "god" is NOT the loving "god" as preached, but a violent and dangerouse "god" created by man. This energy behind all Creation is unknown and mysterious and has nothing to do with any man made religion and all of this nonsense.
The only hope for fighting the neurosis and injustice in our society is to first be willing to be honest about what is causing it. We must not fight the very monsters that exist in this society and this government and legal system with the same belief systems that created them. I believe it is not until we fight the corruption in our government and our legal system head on without any reference to established religion that we will begin to fight together and to bring down this wall of injustice.
July 12, 2005
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