Rabbi Avi Shafran claims that school choice for their children is the fundamental right of the parents or parent to make that choice. He says:
“Education, here after all, is much more than the transfer of information, much more, even, than training minds to think. It is the imparting of attitudes, ideals and values as well, particularly today, when so often both parents (when there even are two) are working (sometimes at multiple jobs), and when children (even when they are at home) are regularly left to their own devices (and those of the virtual child-molester we call television). It would be folly to deny that schools help shape a child’s development. Should parents not have the final say about which ones nurture their young?”
Rabbi Avi Shafran is director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America.
In my last posting I talked about the “Reprobate mind” and the inability of men to reason correctly. Those implications are immense and the ramifications of that flaw catastrophic.
In this posting I would like to touch on the reasoning of our founding fathers. And you can’t get any more founding then Thomas Jefferson, price
George Washington, medications
Thomas Paine, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and Ben Franklin. What and how did those guys reason? Where did they get their building blocks of reason? What did they think of religion, Jesus Christ, the Trinity, Christ bodily resurrection and accession into Heaven, Christ as God and man, the Bible as being infallible and the very word of God? Well the fact of the matter is they didn’t think too much of those things and they didn’t believe any of it. They were all well outside the Reform Faith has it came over on the “Mayflower”. Between 1620-1776 there was a radical change in belief in religion and what constituted faith in God? The change was in and came about through substitution of reason for a faith in Christ and what made up that Faith. The men mentioned above were all “Deist” in their belief. This had major implication in and on what they believed and how they used the Bible in their thought process as it pertained to guides of life.
They believed God to be a watchmaker and got it started and then stepped back to leave the Earth run and man to reason through it. There was no Hell, no sin through Adam, no judgment by some cruel god, and man can work his way into Heaven with good works.
There certainly was not, as John Calvin wrote, a sovereign God, who predestined man, as a matter a fact Jefferson thought Calvin was a Heretic and Calvin’s five points of Calvinism was an abomination. (Many pastors believe that to be the case today) We have then not a “Mayflower Compact” type document in the “Constitution” but a secular document base on reason and Enlightenment Thinking.
We have some inalienable abstract rights for “We the people…”given to them by some god of nature or natures god. (The Puritans of New England 1620 never believed government was of “We” the people but government was “For” the people based on Biblical laws.) And Jefferson did not and would not use the Bible to develop a common law system. Jefferson’s separation of church and state did mean just that to include no state religion or religion within any government in any foam. He didn’t want it anywhere in any government. Jefferson believed religion was a private matter and rarely went to church on Sunday. Jefferson was categorically opposed to public profession of religious beliefs by public figures or government officials. Alexander Hamilton … called Jefferson an “atheist and fanatic”.
Well were does all this lead us and/or leave us? If this guy Alan Dershowitz in his book “Blasphemy” is any were close to being correct it certainly looks like we may have had the secularization of the country started with the “Constitution” and as for a “Christian” nation forget about that, the “Constitution” is/was not, intended to be a Christian document, not by Jefferson anyway.
Jefferson believed in science through reason and questioned God’s creation of the Earth, so it was no wonder Darwin’s theory found fertile ground some 60 +/- years later after Jefferson’s death and was planted in Jefferson’s garden.
We shall see how merciful our Heavenly father will be to this country in the next couple of years. For it is once to die and then judgment, that judgment is not only for individuals but will fall on “Nations Also”.
The past couple of posting we have been discussing the corruption of “Reason”. It would be impossible to understand “Western Culture” without first understanding the impact of “Biblical Law”, advice
on culture. To not understand “Biblical Law”, the “Bible” and the impact it had on Western Culture is to not understand the development of history and that Culture.
In order to understand history and the development of it we must bring into that discussion what the Theologians call “Antinomianism”. The simplified definition is to say “The doctrine of Anti- against “God’s” Law. This belief within the different dominations of the Christian Religions has had a major impact on Biblical interpretation of scripture. This Antinomianism allowed “Reason” to take its’ crowning seat over any Biblical interpretation and of course over Biblical Law with Reason then replacing God as sovereign.
The following is taken from Rouas John Rushdoony “The Institutes of Biblical Law” 1973
“For the Bible there is no law in nature because nature is fallen and cannot be normative.”
Of course this fly’s in the face of natures god or the god of nature, which Jefferson used in the “Constitution”. Natures god and the abstractions used by Jefferson would have never been used by Joshua when he put it to the Israelites.
Joshua 24:15 King James Bible
“—choose you this day whom ye will serve; as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
You might want to ask yourself that question and I really need not know your answer. But I will say this; the “Republicans” will not help you to the proper choice or for that matter will the “Conservatives” nor the “Democrats”.
Proverbs 24:24 King James Bible
“He that saidth unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him.”
Being independent of government interference and having economic self-sufficiency was equated to “virtue” in ones life. J.G.A. Pocock “Virtue and Commerce in the Eighteenth Century” called such economic independence “Virtue” and its lack or loss “Corruption”. If individual lost his economic independence his moral health would be undermined by a dependence on government or social superiors. His concern for public good would then give way to concern for his own economic survival. Such demoralization of individuals could only give rise to a social order whose attitude would be selfish in nature. And once that type of emotional affliction set in J.G.A Pocock said it is “likely to prove uncheckable”.
The Federal Government, ailment
over the past 30+ years, here
in its efforts to subordinate the individual’s rights to government worked diligently toward that end and to make matters worse our government has given way to a global subordination. This direction of the Federal Government toward a Global one-world order is forcing a relinquishing of sovereignty on the part of America, side effects
it is giving up individual natural rights that citizens had through their god, the culture and it’s changes must be forced into line with the lowest common denominator of world morals, and the well being of community must be controlled by laws not individuals acknowledging and accepting a higher authority. What I have just said is common knowledge to the entire elitist cadre that walked the halls of government.
The drift toward this social/culture control was temporally halted from the mid 40’s through the mid 60’s when you had unprecedented prosperity and the government lost control of the individual and families. Both families and the individual were solid and family life instilled responsibility to God, Family and Country on its’ family members. People felt comfortable with their success and with their own self-reliance’s, they knew efforts would be rewarded.
From the late 60’s into today we have a continuing deterioration of morals, ethics, and rights. These two (Morals/Ethics and Rights) linked together having a cause and effect started with nothing more then an abstraction of imposed authority, as we had further deterioration, abstraction of authority became a forced necessity of real authority. With this increase in authority due to necessity we have a falling away of rights.
Reasoning for the individual has nothing to do with what he might think is right and what is actually happening around him. The “Political Correctness” and its’ abstract authority has total power to not only keep the person in line but will cause confusion as to what is really the proper action to be taken by the individual. The fact that the government has in place laws is the important thing not the fact that they may or may not be just, it is control that is needed by government not if they are just and needed.
The lines of J. G. A. Pocock “Virtue” and “Corruption” could not be made clearer then what we have today. We have a combination of corrupt reasoning through the fall of Adam and a government that is concerned with its own expansion. Government concern for its citizens is about to go from something that is being questioned, to the citizen not believing they are being looked after. And worse they are about to understand what Pocock is talking about with his “Virtue” & “Corruption”. Politicians and their Government are fools if they think they can buy allegiance of their citizens through welfare, suppressive laws of control, and handing out checks. And the bigger fools of the two parties, you tell me which one that might be the Republican or the Democrats? The Democrats know what they want (power) the Republicans haven’t got a clue. Now tell me who are the fools and who is evil.