Dear Diary Page 69…
Back again… 😀 The sun did come out for a time so got a few things accomplished outdoors, especially the storm damage cleaned up and ready for the sanitary service…appears to be sunny tomorrow also, so may get a bit more done.. Bree did start to feel better and came out to supervise… 😀
That being said, thought I would take a break from all the activities and check the news online briefly before I finished the day…and every news site I ventured to, I seen where individuals or groups of individuals were using their religion to impose and force their ideology onto others… apparently they need a lesson in civics, though I doubt if they take the time… some interesting quotes from the founding fathers of this country, America..
“”I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise; they have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.”” – Thomas Paine, Founding Father
“”We should begin by setting conscience free. When all men of all religions shall enjoy equal liberty, property, and an equal chance for honors and power we may expect that improvements will be made in the human character and the state of society.”” Founding Father John Adams, letter to Dr. Price, April 8, 1785.
““I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.””
~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802
Apparently there are a growing number of people in this country that don’t agree and rapidly becoming everything the founding fathers, and others, came to North America to get away from…
I find it difficult to believe that someone who treasures independence would become shackled to a ideology ( and a myth conjured up in the minds of disgruntled sheep herders/peasants at that, irregardless of what religion it is) and be told what to do, how to do it, who to like, who to not like, whether one can have children or not and many more too numerous to mention.. these same people will complain about a government interfering in their lives… perhaps they need to be told what to do, maybe they are the meek that the book called the Bible talks about… or perhaps for security… here is what Helen Keller says about security..
“”Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”” Helen Keller
Again, it must be terrible to be shackled, to be chained, to a ideology or a theology and the spirit, thought and heart not know “freedom”….it is sad indeed… and like Thomas Paine I do not wish them ill, but all the best (something I doubt they will reciprocate in kind… 😀 )
That being said, I had better go.. finish the day and prepare for tomorrow… there is gardening, yard work, some stones Bree and I haven’t unturned and eagerly to see what is around the bend on the path least traveled… will return again one day, Diary, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…
When it comes to the spirit, thoughts and heart on the path least traveled, Andy Williams tells it like it is… 😀