posted on Aug, 18 2013 @ 03:14 AM
The battle lines are drawn and the forces are set upon the free people of humanity. Conscience and our freedom to that conscience is the last bastion
of ideas that unifies all walks of life. Our enemies know this and have secretly engaged in their plans to destroy what is left of this beacon of
hope; this rallying call that unites all of mankind and transcends division. In his notes on the State of Virgina, Thomas Jefferson recognized the
significant factor of such a basic freedom and writes “[t]he rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit.”
Freedom of conscience is uniquely individualistic and is ubiquitous to all of mankind. It is derived, formed and established through the mere fact we
are conscious and we can identify what we hold to be truths. These truths, or rather, as Jefferson penned in the Declaration of Independence, are
self-evident. Even without adhering to a god or gods, such truths are there. To speak your mind freely, to worship any god you deem to, to be secure
in your own home, to be able to seek out your own American Dream, however you see fit, are all self-evident as they are part of being human.
What is freedom of conscience? It is our minds, our thoughts, our private matters we hold dear to us that we expect to remain private unless we deem
it otherwise. In a recent article by Peggy Noonan, Mr. Hentoff, a stout libertarian, puts it this way. “…there are particular constitutional
liberty rights that [Americans] have that distinguish them from all other people, and one of them is privacy.” That privacy is bound to the very
fact we are human, we are conscious. We choose what is and what is not private when we express our thoughts, create works of art, develop new
technologies, start businesses, and interact among each other.
The governments of the world, and particularly my own, have been hard at work on diminishing this freedom. To do so, lines of division are drawn to
place otherwise normal people into separate camps. For example; pro-life/pro-choice, religious/secular, republican/democrat, etc, etc. While these
divisions occur naturally as people are free to develop their own conscience on these matters, it is very evident that the government is deep in
sophistry and subterfuge. It has created great chasm between competing ideas and set upon to destroy those it doesn't deem fit to survive.
This is the basis of the Ninth Amendment in the United State's Constitution. It encapsulates the notion and idea of a freedom of conscience and it
is one that we, as a people, have not submitted to the government. Of course, this is the purest notion of what that freedom is and how we should
hold it in reverence, it is furthest from the reality. Groups of all kind force their conscience upon others on a daily basis. In the free-market of
competing ideas, this isn't dangerous. It is healthy. What isn't healthy is for a government to take sides, regardless of the stance. If the
People of California want to have a "Free the Turkey Day" in lieu of Thanksgiving, that is the Peoples' right to do so and that is the right of
conscience. Likewise, if the People of Nevada want to have prostitution, it is their collective conscience that deems it okay.
When Government decides we need to think, feel, or be a certain way -- they are directing our conscience in manners in which we never allowed. When
the Government decides we need to accept differences, accept diversity, accept anything in which we have decided we do not, that is a direct attack on
our conscience. We are told, through subtle messaging and party division to deem the 'other team's' ideas as diametrically opposed to our own.
Not only opposed, but that their belief is wrong and ours is right. This division is not unnatural though. Government makes it such by placing us
into neat, tidy boxes. This compartmentalization serves to divide a people and discourage the free-exchange of ideas. Instead, it creates
decisiveness, derision, hatred, zealotry and idolatry to our conscience -- which if you are following is no longer our own because it is directed now
by the State through various methods.
The State has sought to wage war against our most intimate freedom, our freedom of conscience. It is up to individuals to recognize that we have and
should never, submit such a freedom to allow any government to dictate how we should feel or be. In some areas, we have already acquiesced such
freedoms, but they are not wholly the States yet.
Mark Twain once wrote “It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom
of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.” We might be finding our voice once again but are we willing to understand that each of
us has our own conscience and are willing to practice such a freedom without fear of the State encroaching upon it to deem what we have determined to
be right and wrong, as their own?