Evil prevails when good men do nothing - Edmund Burke 1729 - 1797

Understanding Freedom

Understanding Freedom

 

A fundamental tenet of ACT For Australia is Freedom.  We first really need to understand it, fully appreciate it, and then know what is needed to protect it.

Freedom means many things, but for most it is the recognition that each of us is an individual, who is not subservient to, or worth less than any other human being. As adults, we are self-actualising, our growth as a human being is our responsibility and indeed our divine birth right. Without freedom we are like plants that are in a small pot and root bound, forced to live stunted lives, and not able to reach our full potential.   

Our first signpost to who we are and our divine source and real growth potential, is given in the Old Testament in Genesis:

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

The second significant signpost to freedom is given by Moses when he lead the Hebrew (Jewish) slaves from bondage in ancient Egypt, about 3,400 years ago, ultimately leading to the creation of Israel.

In more recent times the third significant signpost to freedom is the United States Declaration of Independence on the 4th July 1776:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The fourth significant signpost to freedom is the United States Constitution (ratified in 1787) and the first 10 Amendments (1791) known as the Bill of Rights. Of particular relevance is the First Amendment.

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This sets the standard for understanding freedom, for all nations. Let us not be narrow minded and short sighted and think that this is just relevant to the USA.

On the contrary, just as Edison in the USA invented the incandescent light bulb to bring light to darkness all over the world, so too the brilliant American Founding Fathers (Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Franklin, and others) illuminated the light of freedom and equality for all peoples and nations.

The fifth sign post is given to us by President Abraham Lincoln in his famous Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 during the US Civil War, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (some month after the Battle of Gettysburg).

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. ….

……that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

 

Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, November 19, 1863, Library of Congress.

And one of the key outcomes from Abraham Lincoln’s efforts and the Civil War was to end slavery in the USA.

What is most precious to all humans, is freedom, freedom of thought, freedom of speech and freedom of action. There is no trading of our fundamental liberties for other values or

bread and circuses.

We will not be slaves to dictators, to society, to controlling religions, or environmental or economic fascist systems, or any other ideology or tyranny.

 Let us not be fooled by wolves in sheep’s clothing (e.g Fabians) offering us comfort and handouts only to take away our freedoms.

Let us recognize that our freedoms are our first prize and that no person or society or government can take that away from us –indeed has any right to do so.

In the movie The Last of the Mohicans, set during the war between the American Colonies, the British and the French around 1775, the heroine, Cora Munro's fiancé tries to control her actions by insisting she marry him, the heroin states:

"...I would rather make the gravest of mistakes than surrender my own judgment."

Now that is what freedom means, being free to make our own choices, and to live by the consequences, whatever they are. Being responsible for your own actions.

No ‘Big Brother’, or big government, or Marxist / socialist collectivism, or the nanny state for those of us who cherish freedom.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer

This website is a response to the challenge posed by Islam to freedom and Western values.

Its intent is to focus on Islam rather than individual Muslims. We recognize that Islam has a wide spectrum of adherents with varying views, and that not all Muslims follow or support the same ideas, philosophy or practices.

It is not our intention to offend or vilify.

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