Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Old Document

Our constitution is an old document and has been repeatedly updated.  The original concepts our forefathers had in mind was that only white males, who were land owners should vote.  Having two Senators for a state with about the same number of voters as Staten Island is not actually a representative democracy. 

Our Constitution provides for a separation of powers, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches: the legislative; the executive consisting of the President; and the judicial, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts.

The 1960, Supreme Court decision in Engel vs Vitale ruled it unconstitutional for public schools to allow prayer, even though the prayer was non-denominational and students were allowed to abstain from the exercise.  President Kennedy announced, that he understood many people were angered by the ruling, but that there was “a very easy remedy - not a constitutional amendment but a renewed commitment to pray at home, in the churches and with their families.”

On January 22, 1973, with a 7-to-2 majority the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Roe.  The Court deemed abortion a fundamental right under the United States Constitution, thereby subjecting all laws attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny.

The Court asserted that the right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, or the Ninth Amendment's reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.

Many Americans don’t recognize “God’s Supreme Laws,” just as reasonable Muslims throughout the world don’t recognize the tenets of Sharia law.  Please, don’t insist that your religious beliefs become law, because that isn’t treating others the way you would want to be treated.


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