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Torture – When Our Nation Denies the Basis of Human Rights

So is it any surprise that the US Government that routinely fails to recognize the difference between separation of state and religion and hostility to religion has recently disclosed its despicable descent into denial of basic human rights torturing enemies?

McCain — “the use of torture comprises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights.”

July 4, 1776, Congress of the 13 United States of America adopted the Declaration of Independence.  At its core, this country began with the firm conviction that the rights that we cherish and hold most dear were given by God.  The founders affirmed,  “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.”

Against the backdrop of a world where powers imposed by force its own religious orthodoxy without regard to an individual’s own religious convictions, on the 21st of February, 1787, Congress adopted the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….

Acknowledging our reliance and dependence upon God does not establish a religion–it guarantees our freedoms based upon God-given “unalienable Rights.”  Any attempt to remove a national acknowledgment is an invitation to the extinction of “unalienable Rights.”  Removing our national acknowledgment of God will result in the tyranny of “might makes right.”

Thomas Jefferson in his Notes on the State of Virginia, wrote “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?”

In these uncertain times with terror on every side, I trust that the nation and the courts  will join with the founding fathers in rejecting the liberal path that that holds that basic human rights are given by governments or some current societal norms of the day, which may be removed with the wind and will one day result in the loss of freedom and hold to the words of the Declaration of Independence, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.