Let me reiterate; only for emphasis, armed rebellion is not what I am calling for, advocating, or even advancing as a principle for throwing off the onerous chains of the tyrannical government America is currently suffering. The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints reveres as scripture a book called the Doctrine and Covenants, and section 134 represents 12 statements on government that I hold dear and believe in strongly.
Statement 1: I firmly believe that God instituted government for the benefit of man. All representatives of any form of government will be answerable to GOD for how they held their offices and honored the power the people granted through the consent of the governed.
Statement 2: I know from personal experience that peace is only possible under the Rule of Law, held inviolate, that secures the individual the maximum free exercise of conscience, the right and control of their personal property, and protection of life.
Statement 3: Governments require civil officers to execute government and enforce the law, but these civil officers and magistrates are also held accountable to GOD for holding their office and carrying out the duties appointed. Civil officers and magistrates’ responsibilities require equity and justice to be paramount in executing their official duties.
Statement 4: Separation of church and state is to be held inviolate. The church may punish member’s conscience but cannot refuse them life, liberty, or property. That government may restrain crime but never control a person’s conscience. The distinction in the separation of church and state is evident; religion may influence the conscience of men but not deprive them of life, liberty, or property. In the punishment of crime, the government may deprive of life, liberty, or property but cannot and should not control conscience.
Statement 5: Sedition and rebellion are unbecoming of every citizen! Hence, my disgust at the riots, mobocracy, and terrorism witnessed by seditious people of all political types and flavors. Laws should be written to best protect the public interest while holding sacrosanct freedom of conscience!
Statement 6: Civil officers, elected representatives, and magistrates deserve to be honored in their appointed stations, and every person owes deference and respect in a locality to the laws of that locality. Hence the only path to freedom and harmony among people.
Statement 7: As long as respect and reverence are shown by a religious society to the laws of a locality, the government does not have the right to infringe upon the consciences of men and proscribe religious duties and practices.
Statement 8: The commission of crimes should be punished, and all men are responsible for stepping forward to assist in supporting the public peace, tranquility, and harmony in a population and aid in bringing offenders to justice.
Statement 9: The government supports equality of religious freedom as the best possible method of ensuring public harmony and equality under the law. Thus, mingling government and religion should be refused to protect all men’s right to the freedom of their conscience.
Statement 10: Religious societies have the right to handle their affairs where members are concerned, provided the member is not deprived of life, liberty, or property, and excluding the member from fellowship is the extent of the punishment allowed. These practices should not ever be interfered with by government officers or magistrates!
Statement 11: All men possess the right to appeal to the civil government for redress when personal abuse occurs at the civil officers’ and magistrates’ hands. I support all men the right to defend themselves and their properties from unlawful incursions by the government when time and exigency deprive the assaulted from appealing to the civil officers and magistrates for a peaceful redress of wrongs.
Statement 12: It is all about preaching religion freely and without government incursions, provided the laws of the land are followed.
I do not speak for The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints! I respect and honor the books and resources provided for their clarity and their simplicity. I have abbreviated the above statements to reflect my personal beliefs and respect the intellectual property owned by The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints. I firmly believe that these statements embody the principles found in the US Constitution, the Magna Charta, the Articles of Confederation, and The Declaration of Independence. By following these statements, society improves, regardless of the government flavor found locally.
I support obeying, honoring, and sustaining the laws of the land upon which you live and work. That through the laws of your land, just grievances may be brought forward to your government officials, civil officers, and magistrates, and redress for wrongs made right. I do not support sedition and rebellion in any shape, form, or creed, as this is the path to anarchy and chaos. As an American [A(h)-ME-I-CAN], I support the logical separation of church and state as described above and will support any organized religious belief in the public square, provided the religious beliefs do not infringe upon another person’s rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
I support a “Liberty FIRST Culture;” join me!
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