It’s no wonder we stay in trouble, if we can only count commandments up to ten. The Bible has over 600 just dealing with asses and slaves, and maybe hundreds more if we’d count all the “instructions” written in a commanding tone. When the preacher up front starts pouring out his passion, that’s the only tone we’ll hear.
When governments set up to write laws, they write them by the thousands, and prioritize them not by their enforcement value, but by the amount and kind of punishment infractions will earn. Overzealous governments will write religious doctrine into laws that offend minorities with different opinions. They do so because (of course) it is the only right way to think. Laws derived from fear, such as of something that might happen, tend to restrict rather than promote freedom. When a government delves into deciding for itself what does and does not constitute religion, the stricture grows dangerously tight and the wall of separation becomes a step, an obstacle rather than a barrier.
All of that should be obvious to a more than casual thinker, but will be of no concern to those bent on devising controls imposed upon mistrusted minorities. Such majorities contrive laws that serve their own opinions, their vested interests, and their own enrichment. Such conditions as arise from that serve freedom not at all, and justice only by accident.
Seldom, if ever, has a government been successfully designed to equally serve all its subjects. America’s founders had the right idea, but we can improve on it with hindsight.
- Make the “wall of separation” an unmistakable part of the Constitution, with its meaning and purpose clear.
- Devise a process of legislating that assures that justice, based on equality, fair play, natural rights and full religious freedom, remains the foremost priority.
- Natural legislation must follow a process derived from science rather than religion.
We all know that scientists must be of the same flawed flesh and blood as the rest of us, and as subject to human error. Let us stay reminded that science is a self-correcting process of refinement, whereas religion regards its mistakes as “immutable” and so never to need correction; and opinion, based more often in fear than facts, depends on strong emotional passion and argument to represent credence.
Awareness of history must remain strong to guide us; therefore:
- To maintain and reinforce the important wall of separation, all current laws with the taint of religion upon them, or accused with demonstration of carrying that taint, should be reviewed and, if found tainted, should be rewritten or banished if unsalvageable.
- To maintain the sanctity of government, we must devise, some way to prevent money as campaign bribes from influencing future legislating choices. Since rich people make the most use of government and receive the most benefit, a fund could be set up to which they could donate. Or, failing that, a graduated tax might aim to reproduce the funds they ordinarily contributed voluntarily. The funds in either case would be evenly distributed among the candidates.
- Science, the safest method yet devised for finding out how things work and why, can begin by asking questions. The tested answers to at least these must be known and shown before a bill can become a nature-based law:
- who will benefit?
- At whose expense will the bill be implemented?
- Who may be hurt or suffer loss if the bill becomes law?
- Will justice be served by this proposed law?
- Describe how:
- When a bill cannot be tested, it means that bill must be placed in abeyance until we can learn enough to safely approve or reject it.
- I have read this entire bill and and all its documents, and with my signature signify my complete understanding of its ramifications that led to my approval.
- I have read this entire bill and and all its documents, and with my signature signify my complete understanding of its ramifications that led to my disapproval.
Written entirely with OPEN OFFICE.