The First Amendment of the United States Constitution has a provision: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Interestingly, this is the first "right" guaranteed in the Bill of Rights listed before even the clauses that guarantee freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The founders (many of them believers) wanted no part of a theocracy nor did they wish to restrict anyone's right to worship in any way they wanted (or not worship at all). Liberty (and the responsibility intrinsic to liberty) was primary in the founders' vision of the United States. Remember Patrick Henry? His most famous quote, "Give me liberty or give me death," speaks to the soul of the American Revolution. Religious liberty was first in the Bill of Rights and foremost in the minds of many who wrote the Constitution.
Flash forward more than 200 years and welcome to the Brave New World. Twenty-first Century America has seen the idea of religious freedom systematically restrained to the point where many have wondered if God has any place in our culture. Secular Progressivism has removed many references to any higher power in American society in its attempt to create a religion-free world. Beginning with the landmark Supreme Court decision in 1963 banning prayer in public schools, religious freedoms have slowly but surely been restricted. Ironically, a belief system with adherents just as devout as any Evangelical has replaced God in many sectors of American life: liberalism.
Liberalism, or Progressivism as some would like to call it has believers as fervent as the most extreme in any of the world's religion. I got to thinking about the philosophy of Liberalism and realized the believers even had their own 10 Commandments (which quite frankly, they obeyed with more consistency than Judeo-Christians). As a public service, I'd like to list them for you:
1) Thou shalt have no God.
2) Thou shalt not restrict the right to an abortion at any time, nor at any place.
3) Honor everyone's sexual freedom- anything goes.
4) Thou shalt NEVER trust a citizen with a firearm.
5) Global warming exists and is caused by greedy capitalists.
6) Thou shalt punish the achievers- they exploited the poor.
7) Thou shalt not judge.
8) Except for greedy capitalists- everyone's a victim.
9) Thou shalt understand criminals, not punish them.
10) Thou shalt not trust the individual, the state has the answer to everything.
The legacy of liberalism is one of blood, envy, hatred and ultimately failure. What does it mean for the United States of America? From my perspective, without a one hundred and eighty degree turnaround and a return to our Constitutional Republic roots we, like the Soviet Union are destined for the ash heap of history.