We ask our non-US readers to indulge us as we celebrate America’s Independence Day. But first — the news:
The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — has recycled an essay by their founder, old Henry Morris, who once wrote Liberty and the Word of God , in which he said:
[T]rue freedom results from continued study of the Scriptures and obedience to them.
He also mined a few scripture quotes, such as “the truth shall make you free,” but even with all his quote-mining skills, there wasn’t much old Henry could do. The words “freedom” and “liberty” appear only a few times, and (except perhaps for the Exodus) not in the way that we understand the word. The bible is all about monarchy, on Earth as it is in heaven; it’s not much of a blueprint for the American Revolution.
In other news, we see that the Discoveroids, as they traditionally do on this day, have once again hijacked poor ol’ Thomas Jefferson. At their blog, see: On Independence Day, Recalling the Intelligent-Design Views of the Man Who Wrote the Declaration of Independence, where they say:
Enjoy your 4th of July holiday, as we will, and while you’re doing so don’t forget to recall the intelligent-design views of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence that we celebrate.
Now that you’ve been purged at both ends, dear reader, consider the foregoing to be a reminder that liberty requires constant vigilance, in every generation. Okay, that’s it for the serious stuff.
Last year we gave you a bunch of links to peruse, and we’ll repeat them once more, with a few others tossed in. Here’s a link to the Declaration of Independence, plus the Articles of Confederation, which was mostly drafted at the same time as the Declaration, but it wasn’t ratified until 1781. Hey, no collection would be complete without Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
Here’s the Constitution. Let’s not overlook President of the United States in Congress assembled, listing ten Presidents before George Washington.
Here’s the Federalist Papers — with a search feature at the bottom of the page. And here’s our post on Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. While we’re at it, here’s our post on The Unknown Bill of Rights.
But wait — there’s more. Check out Primary Documents in American History (1763-1815). Loads of goodies there. You ought to be aware of this: Veto of federal public works bill by James Madison, because pork barrel spending is unconstitutional. And it’s always handy to have a link to Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. Searchable!
Now then, we’re not really expecting any news today, so we’ll have to entertain ourselves. Therefore, we’re declaring another intellectual free-fire zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.
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