Good morning class! Before I get to today’s lecture, I am going to pass out the next set of questions designed to help you critically evaluate the assertion that “you can’t legislate morality.” Please answer all of the following questions by next week:
James Madison once said that “We have staked the future of all of our political institutions … upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Was this the same James Madison who wrote the First Amendment?
Take a few minutes to re-read the First Amendment. Did Madison include the word “separation” in that Amendment? How about the word “church”? How about the word “state”?
In the Torcaso case, the Supreme Court declared that Secular Humanism was a religion. In Edwards, the Court established one religion (Secular Humanism) above all others. If Jefferson were alive today - and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court – how do you think he would have voted in those two cases?
If the Constitution is a “living, breathing document” are we free to ignore original intent altogether?
Is a stop sign of any use if I am free to interpret it as a “go” sign?
Would it be fair to say that the religion of Secular Humanism has the public school lectern as its pulpit?
Would it be fair to say that public schoolteachers are the missionaries of the religion of Secular Humanism?
Would it be fair to say that our children are the potential converts of the religion of Secular Humanism?
Would it be fair to say that the missionary budget of the religion of Secular Humanism is the U.S. tax code?
Why do we pay only ten percent of our income to our churches, but over a fourth of our income to a government that advances Secular Humanism over all other religions?
Many people believe that Christianity is a bad religion responsible for many atrocities over the last few centuries. Why was the 20th Century the bloodiest in world history?
What part did atheism play in the increased bloodshed during the last century?
What part did communism play in the increased bloodshed during the last century?
In the Casey decision (1992), the Supreme Court stated that “…At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, and of the mystery of human life.” Is the Court implying that morality is individually chosen, rather than objective, while simultaneously defending its right to deprive an entire nation of voting on the issue of abortion?
Is the right to vote an individual choice?