God, Country and Freedom
I was listening to Sen Rick Santorum being interviewed on talk radio as he pushes his new book, "It Takes a Family."
With all of the rhetoric that his book will generate vis-a-vis the relationship of God in our society, it got the TrekMedic to musing about such a concept.
The concept of freedom as a divine right doesn't simply go back to the Founding Fathers, many of whom mentioned God in their Federalist writings.
One needs only look to the Old Testament and the tales of Moses: God saw fit to deliver His faithful away from slavery and set down a series of laws (The Ten Commandments) by which these people should live.
This concept of freedom to worship and express belief without threat of persecution has since become intertwined within our societal fabric. Just as in the Commandments, we have legal mechanisms in place to punish those who steal or kill. We have civil avenues to address those who covet their neighbor's spouses and goods.
It has been with our society through the Crusades, through both the American and French Revolutions, through a World War that attempted to destroy a religious belief, and even to this day.
And this concept does not simply cover the Judeo-Christian aspects of our society: In the past decade, as a non-theistic country such as Yugoslavia disintegrated, the world sought allow Catholic Croatians the freedom to believe without fear from the Orthodox Serbs, the Orthodox Serbs the freedom to believe without fear from the Catholic Croatians, and the Muslim Bosnians and Kosovars the freedom to believe without fear from the other two.
Even now, "W" is working with our allied countries to bring this freedom of belief to Muslims oppressed by Islamic fundamentalists.
God = Freedom, Freedom = Peace,....
God = Peace