After ratification of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin was said to have walked out of Independence Hall and been asked by a passer-by, “What have you created?” Franklin replied, “A democracy, if you can keep it.” Franklin contemporary Thomas Jefferson is credited with having said, “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing ” Franklin, Jefferson and many of the Founders were powerful thinkers on social, religious, scientific, moral and secular matters. Yet they knew they needed each other if they had any hope of their new nation surviving.
These days discourse is being fueled primarily by “secularists” who in concert with a large part of the political establishment believe that their moral compass is the path to enlightenment for humanity. But the Founders understood that a government that prevents one faction or another from gaining absolute control is the best form of government for the continued enlightenment of mankind.
One need only look back to the Scopes trial, when zealots wanted to ban the teaching of evolution in schools. How is this any different from the situation we have today in which government attempts to force the acceptance of ‘alternative’ lifestyles in public schools? Soon the government may ban “offensive” books and newspapers. Before you know it, it will have turned the religious against the agnostic, the rich against the poor, black against white.
To paraphrase Hosea: They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind.
GREGORY D. DELEV
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