Over the past few months, we have had several gun control proposals in Congress, accompanied by the United Nations national/individual disarmament treaty and a media marathon of man-made violence.
Many conservatives and libertarians believe that the 2nd Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, is the most important Amendment of the Bill of Rights. They point out that the 2nd Amendment is not merely about self-defense or hunting, but as a check on government tyranny, frequently quoting the statements by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.
While the 2nd Amendment may function this way, the right to keep and bear arms is not the keystone of the Bill of Rights. This may sound strange, but the keystone of the Bill of Rights is actually part of the 1st Amendment: Freedom of Religion.
Americans stand by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights not because it is the law of the land, but because they believe in freedom. If Americans did not believe in freedom, they would not insist on freedom, and there would be no freedom.
Right now there are two major threats to freedom of religion:
- Modern atheism, which uses not only the court system but any means necessary to eliminate public display, discussion, or practice of religion. The ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Americans United are the biggest repeat offenders. Removing nativity scenes, attempting to dig up religious gravestones in military cemeteries, banning teaching of Judeo-Christian creation myths, and eliminating even a moment of silence for private prayer in any religion, are notable instances in this group.
- Islam, which believes not in freedom, but theocracy. The sinful and unethical behaviors broadcasted from the Left Coast provide credence to their theocratic agenda. As the enabler of sin and unethical behavior, Muslim leaders often teach that freedom must be eliminated from America. Islam has no room for freedom, only the theocratic legal system outlined in the Quran. Unlike the Bible, there is no room for interpretation or apologies for a theocratic past, and also unlike the Bible, their religion is eternally mandated through force. Many people have been killed, many places have been destroyed, and many things have been censored. Islam cannot exist in its entirety under a free society, and Muslim leaders have no desire to tailor it for one.
As we can see, when people do not believe in freedom, they do not work for freedom, and they neither have nor want freedom. The basis for all freedom in the Bill of Rights is Freedom of Religion – the freedom to believe in freedom, and to ensure that freedom remains the law of the land.
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